Like Sheep Led To Slaughter
4/29/2005 - Review by: Timmy D
Crisis - Like Sheep Led To Slaughter - 2005 - The End Records
For those of you unfamiliar with Crisis, they were a pioneering NY art metal band that were popular for a short time in the mid 90s. Unfortunately, they fell out of favor due to the nu metal backlash, which they never should have been lumped in with in the first place. While Crisis does share a similar vocabulary with nu metal, they were always so much more. Unfortunately, most metalheads fail to look past the similarities.
Where most nu metal bands promised a cathartic release though primal scream therapy, tribal rhythmns, and scraping, downtuned textures, Crisis is one of the few bands to actually deliver on that premise on a spiritual, as well as visceral, level.
Crisis has been a band that I've had a lot of respect for, but always felt that crucial something was just eluding them; holding back a very creative band from true greatness. Not to say that all the ingredients weren't there from the beginning; but like any good recipe, to have to mix them together in the right order and proper amounts in order to have it taste properly...
And that right there is what makes this album so good. Crisis finally got their sonic recipe right. Oldschool clashes against the newschool, brutality clashes with beauty, and the sublime clashes with the profane.
--Timmy D. 04.15.05
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