Real Fear cover art

These guys have been together since 1998 and after a lengthy layoff; they’re back with eleven new songs. They haven’t had a release out since 2006 and this is a great return to the post hardcore scene.

I listened to this on headphones and could hear all the intricate sounds that they included in the songs that really surprised me. The song “The Moon And The Tide” has some great synthesizer on it, bringing out a cool bit of a new wave feel mixed into the harder parts of the song. The vocals across the album range from screaming to very melodic and come head to head in some songs and work well. The album has two super short songs on it, the first one “Blood On The Handle”, and the fifth song “Sarastro”. The first one is a nice hard and heavy way to kick off the album, while the fifth is a very cool mellow song with piano and synthesizer. The production is flawless, with all the small things that you might not normally hear from the bombast and power that this band has.

I was pleasantly surprised with this album and I hope they get the fans back from the old days and get even more with this release. I was unaware of THE CASKET LOTTERY, but this is a band that I will now keep my eyes and ears on in the future.

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