MetalBite Review by Adam M on 3/18/2017 12:20:31 PM
Though there is some hardcore shouting, much of this album by Darkest Hour could be regarded as highly influenced by melodic death metal. There is certainly the At the Gates touch on these tracks as they cruise by in harmonic fashion, especially towards the latter portions of the disc. The distinction between the two genres is hard to make as can be seen from this album itself.
There are furious portions, but they also contain melody. This makes them hard to pigeonhole, though there is certainly an influence from a couple of genres here. The fury on the album is wondrous to behold as the band puts the pedal to the metal. There is a need to make the tracks as abrasive as possible and this makes them scathingly listenable. The added injection of a slight bit of melody adds to the depth of the tracks. This album is interesting in that it seems to become more progressive as it goes along. The songs become less hardcore and more about making interesting songwriting. The wait for the music to buildup and fully take form is certainly worth it and leaves one wanting more as they go along with the disc. Instrumentally, the performances are all solid with a nice guitar crunch sound heading the front. Similarly, the drums provide an undercurrent for the songs to groove to. Vocally, there is a spiteful tone present. It fits nicely atop the tracks and pushes them forward, especially early on in the disc where the tracks are more aggressive sounding. The focus of the album largely shifts around the time of the track Widowed and going forward. The immediate next track Enter Oblivion shows a great shift in focus. There is a more mid-paced approach to this song than the furious early tracks displayed. The remainder of the disc continues this interesting approach to the end.
Thus we can see how an album can benefit from a change of focus. The early portions storm through and lead up to the compelling ending. Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is certainly a worthy album.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10