The album opens with the wild and flashing single 'Tainted Impressions', which after a short intro immediately drags us into the metallic area where bands like Soilwork, In Flames and Lamb Of God dwell. With awesome riffs and pounding drums, slabs of pure energy blast from my speakers. No doubt this song is a fan favorite at live gigs. After a few minutes, raw, harsh vocals come in. These barely avoid the death metal growls or hardcore screams, fitting in perfectly with the power coming from the rest of the music.
'God In Hell' is probably one of my favorite tracks on this album, reminding me a bit of Machine Head meets Hatebreed. Yes, there are some hardcore, or metalcore if you will, influences here too but the majority of the music breathes modern day thrash metal. 'Black Circles', coming up with dark, clean vocals, is another massive highlight, technical yet brutal and perfectly suited for a decent headbanging session. 'Walking Dead' for example. Hell, I think even Pantera would be jealous of that one.
Most of the songs are appropriate for headbanging by the way. But, we're not done there, these guys can do a lot more that metal your ass off. While I'm quite stunned by the sheer brutality Khynn has written and recorded, they also surprise me a lot with the beautiful ballad 'Breath Inside Me'. I've always admired that softer side of metal bands and this time it's no different. This is one emotional piece of work, definitely worthy of its spot on this already quite varied album. On 'Living Time' they even do it again.
In all, I think you should check this out if you're a fan of any of the bands I mentioned. There's a lot going on here and it's all brought by talented and seasoned musicians with a great flair for storytelling. This album is a wild ride into the lives and minds of these French metallers, definitely one that deserves a spot in your metal collection.