Kingsmen –– Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery.

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: SharpTone Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://sharptonerecords.co/products/kingsmen-revenge-forgiveness-recovery-cd-pre-order-bundle
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Kingsmenbandri/

Band line-up:

Tanner Guimond — Vocals
Tim Lucier — Guitar
Michael Perrotta — Drums
Adam Bakelman — Bass

Tracklisting:

1. Until I Departed
2. World On Fire
3. Tipping The Scales
4. Nightmare
5. Waste Away [single]
6. Outsider
7. Oppressor
8. Pleasure In Vengeance
9. Relapse
10. Death Of The Sixth

Review:

‘Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery.’ is the forthcoming album from Providence, Rhode Island’s metal quartet Kingsmen. It will be their debut full-length, due for release on April the 10th.

‘Until I Departed’ wastes no time getting started with the lyrics beginning at the same time as the music. Spoken word, growls, clean singing, and whispers delivered by Tanner Guimond all make an appearance in this opening track to create an eclectic lyric delivery that works rather well.

Second track ‘World On Fire’ is reminiscent of British band Dyscarnate, the guttural vocals working really well to convey emotion, especially at the very start. One of the most instrumentally dynamic songs on ‘Revenge.Forgiveness.Recovery.’, Kingsmen’s rhythm section (Michael Perrotta and Adam Bakelman) is particularly strong here.

‘Tipping The Scales’ follows and is pretty relaxed musically compared to its predecessor, relying on the vocals and lyrical content which really drives the song forward.

‘Nightmare’ shares a lot of its strengths with track two. The lyrics “Blinding light / burn my hollow eyes / I bury my face in the ground / suffocating myself in my own frustration” are repeated throughout and directly to the song title. ’Waste Away’ is one of the most successful songs on this record, with its energetic sound and varied vocals. The lyrics seem to relate directly to those in ’Nightmare’, creating a prominent sense of narrative between the two.

‘Outsider’ boasts a guitar solo from Tom Lucier mid-song, bolstered by the drums. There are some growled vocals at the end of the track delivering some motivational lyrics which feel quite poignant. Next is ‘Oppressor’, which features a sinister laugh that adds to its overall eerie vibe. The change of tempo throughout the track adds a welcomed chaotic feel, with the high-pitched tones accompanied by jolting drum beats in its outro intensifying how unsettling this seventh song is.

Whispered lyrics reappear in ‘Pleasure In Vengeance’, though Guimond’s speedily delivered lyrics at times are what make this eighth number stand out. The instrumentation is occasionally very similar to some of what is heard during previous tracks like ‘Nightmare’ and ‘Waste Away’, particularly around the choruses and in its final moments.

‘Relapse’ consists of a piano melody overlaid with series of atmospheric sounds, with percussion introduced as the song progresses. Completely wordless, the penultimate track provides a sense of calm and contrasts all other nine tracks.

‘Death Of The Sixth’ continues until the title of the song is growled and the heaviness of the ‘Revenge.Forgiveness.Recovery.’ is re-introduced. This tenth number does feel very much like an album closer from its suspenseful inception and being quite dramatic, utilising all the great techniques from prior tracks. However, it does seem to end quite abruptly and run a little short.

It would have been interesting to hear a bit more variation between each of the ten tracks. The album does have a lot of exciting moments but these happen largely within each of tracks and starts to become quite repetitious after a while. Overall, ‘Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery.’ has a triumphant feel, especially where the lyric writing is concerned. An ambitious effort from the members of Kingsmen.

Review by:

Kira Levine

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