Now I need to make an appointment with my physical therapist because my neck can no longer support the weight of my skull. I find this funny as I find it low on my list of favourites for this album. However, for me the album seemed weaker than their previous works. I was a bit concerned after hearing Dark Flag initially it is my least favorite on the album it turns out , but the concerns were largely unfounded, on most songs I have no issue with the production and it's good on that front. It just doesn't come close to any of their 3 previous albums for me at all. Hope isn't grown, hope is awakened The threat of law can't outweigh conviction Hope isn't grown, hope is awakened Where are you now? It did kinda blend together in my first listen. A great mix of heavy songs Hell Below, Communion for Ravens, Know Death Know Forever , balanced songs with beautiful clean choruses Burning Bright, I Saw the Bombs Fall, My Rosary, Break the Earth , more delicate songs A War That Never Ends, Meaningless Names and interludes The 38th Parallel, The Arduous March.
You won't complain about production issues in the breakdowns when you're too busy in the pit. I think I just prefer the songs where they have a mix of heaviness and melodic clean choruses better, I really love Sean's cleans. The first breakdown hits so hard that it's impossible not to head bang to it. But, to do full justice, a final criticism should be included: the weakness of Dark Flag is that it is not a masterpiece. As for the production: Having listened through the whole album, for most songs it's not an issue, and within the context of the album of the whole, it works. The only interlude that dragged me out was Arduous March.
To be certain, the bar for such distinction is set incredibly high call to mind Oh Sleeper's Children of Fire, The Chariot's One Wing, Underoath's Define the Great Line, etc. I felt like Meaningless Names could've been placed higher in the track listing, to allow momentum to build back up. With so many bands changing their sound drastically it's refreshing to have a band that stays with their sound. All capped off with a sick breakdown. Now slowly, nod your head to the audible savagery.
It's what I'd expect from a Phinehas album. Communion for Ravens and the title track are my favorites so far but loving it all. Where does it rank among their discography? With such apparent talent and craftmanship, both the devoted listener and present passerby should anxiously anticipate Phinehas's final step to the top. I think in the end it sounded great. Favorites are definitely Dark Flag and Communion for Ravens.
It is strictly forbidden to share links to albums via file sharing sites Zippyshare, Torrent, Kingdom Leaks etc. My rosary Where are you now? The lyrics as always are deep and have a rich meaning to them, especially on this album. There's something about it that's just so emotional and moving to me. I don't have any problems with the production either, so it's not that. Cheers to Solid State, cheers to a new album, but most of all, cheers to you for being with us through it all. To prevent a whole album of new songs filling the front page, please share the album in the discussion thread instead. However, Phinehas delivers on this album.
Dark Flag is Phinehas being Phinehas and I mean that in the best way possible. Two songs+interlude to get to the end. Super underrated and crazy talented dudes. Phinehas continue to solidify themselves as one of my favorite bands. This album goes super hard and is riff city! We lost our chance to rewrite history A path void of heroes The abysmal waste of what could have been Discerning only ones and zeroes There's no space between for them Peel back what covers your ears Hear that a nation is crying out for mercy Before it's too late for them to raise a sound Mercy Are we really that far away? The story that's being told throughout the whole piece is important and props to them for that. Not that it was a bad album, but it was certainly different. The atmospheric solo in this song is so utterly beautiful.
The vocal capability of Sean McCulloch is a welcome surprise. Front to back, this album is so diverse and every song really has it's own personality to it. Definitely enhanced my appreciation and understanding of the album. Burning Bright, I Saw the Bombs Fall, Know Death Know Forever and My Rosary are my favorites - it's so difficult to choose. I can't get over the solo into Sean's vocals in the chorus. I really don't enjoy their guitar tone. In truth, I could stop here and feel that I have accurately represented the album.
I'd have to listen through all the albums again to tell, but that's a good thing, as even considering it on the level of The Last Word and Til The End means I really enjoyed it. I love the main riff, the mix of tempo and groove this song has and a really solid solo capped with a sick ending breakdown. Actually thought the mix turned out great when I listened to it in my truck speakers. I love southern groove with metal more than almost anything else. I'd like to give a shout out to for From the comments below, this seems to be the consensus! Also, the riff that comes in at 1:25 rips so hard.