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The Long Way Home

Confession

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Album Review

Despite frontman Michael Crafter's stints in Carpathian, Bury Your Dead, and most notably, I Killed the Prom Queen, Melbourne five-piece Confession have struggled to shake off their second-rate Parkway Drive label since bursting onto the thriving Australian metalcore scene in 2008. Produced by legendary Swedish death metal producer Fredrik Nördstrom (Bring Me the Horizon, In Flames), their second album, The Long Way Home, suggests they're not too concerned with the constant comparisons. Indeed, having toured with the acclaimed Byron Bay outfit, used their Parkway House studio to write most of their material, and explicitly referenced the opening track of their 2005 debut Killing with a Smile on "Gimme A.D.D.," the band appear to be actively encouraging them. It's just as well, as there's not much getting away from the fact that most of its 11 tracks share a similar, demonic Wall of Noise, whether it's the rousing gang mentality chants of "Nearly 30," the aggressive emo-metal of "Confused/Hopeless," or the propulsive title track. Dan Brown's cleaner vocals and melodic blink-182-esque melodies provide a welcome counterbalance to Crafter's relentless, demonic grunts, while there are flashes of invention, as with the stuttering, industrial riffs and dubstep breakdown on "I Created This Horror," and the brutal, pop-punk of "Piece by Piece." But even though most of the tracks barely make it past the three-minute mark, the constant barrage of towering, thunderous riffs, punchy, frenetic rhythms, and defiant, angsty lyrics quickly becomes utterly tiresome, with only the ominous, synth-led "Intro" and the surprisingly jangly "Heartless" providing any true respite. The Long Way Home will no doubt consolidate Confession's second-tier status back in their homeland, but there's little to encourage audiences elsewhere to investigate. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Australian metalcore at its finest

Blown away, one of the best albums of 2011, these guys are up there with I Killed the Prom Queen and Parkway Drive for sure. Michael Crafter is perfect with this band, they're gonna be huge.

The metalcore that this band plays is unreal, they do it their own way and pull it off with utter perfection.Get this album, it'll blow your mind.

Simply Awesome!

Saw these guys live with Parkway Drive and they were amazing live!

If you enjoy Parkway you'll love these guys, and the tuning of their guitars is so low and heavy making catchy riffs!

Crafter = epic Winning

Amazing album, crafters vocals are strong and brutal as always!! A deffo must own album!!

The Long Way Home, Confession
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 03 February 2012

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