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Godhead - "The Shadow Line" (Digipak)

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"The Shadow Line" track listing:

1. Trapped In Your Lies
2. Hey You
3. The Gift
4. Fall Down
5. Push
6. Another Day
7. Once Before
8. Unrequitted
9. Through the Cracks
10. Goodbye
11. Your End of Days
12. Inside Your World

Reviewed by on November 15, 2006

"Godhead have found their sound"

Godhead return with their fifth full length album entitled, "The Shadow Line," their most melodic album to date. The album comes with a DVD that includes a music video for the band's first single, "Trapped in Your Lies", interviews with the frontmen of Disturbed and Static-X - David Draiman and Wayne Static respectively, - an interview with former Evanescence guitarist, Ben Moody, and an interview with Andy Dick, and two other music videos for the songs, "The Hate In Me" and "Far Too Long", off the band's previous album, "Evolver".

"The Shadow Line" is the best Godhead album to date. Previous Godhead albums have been more industrial and the music hasn't been as audible as on "The Shadow Line." On this album, unlike previous albums, vocalist Jason C. Miller is heard more clearly and sings more than on previous albums where the music and vocals were heavily saturated with effects. On "The Shadow Line," Godhead have found a nice balance using effects with their music. They have clearly grown and redefined themselves as a band. Godhead have found their sound with a blend of catchy industrial melodic rock.

This sound is clearly heard on their single, "Trapped in Your Lies" and on "Once Before," but it is examplified all throughout the album. Godhead's have even started to include guitar solos, courtesy of guitarist Mike Miller and vocalist/guitarist Jason C. Miller. The songs contain a solid structure with well placed choruses, hooks, and break downs. "The Shadow Line" has pushed Godhead to a new point in their musical careers and the songs on this album are by far their best and well thought out. The entire album alone is worth the purchase for any fan of Godhead and any fan of melodic rock in the vain of Staind, Soil, Drowning Pool, or Static-X, and the DVD is equally impressive.

Godhead has put three awesome music videos, a hilarious interview with Andy Dick, a fascinating behind the scenes of how they made their music video of "Trapped in Your Lies", and an insightful history of their band which includes commentary on the band from the head of their current label, Cement Shoes, on their signing, the band themselves, and as stated above, various front men that have become friends with Godhead.

Downsides found in this album are that song structure may sound repetitive for some and the music may not be as heavy as previous albums. Overall, this album is a breakthrough for Godhead. "The Shadow Line" combines old Godhead with Godhead's new sound to make an instant classic Godhead record.

Highs: Great new industrial melodic rock sound

Lows: May be repeitive and too soft for some metalheads

Bottom line: Buy it if you love Godhead and industrial rock, don't if you don't like industrial rock.

Rated 5 out of 5 skulls
5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)