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The Power And The Glory - Call Me Armageddon (Cover Artwork)

The Power And The Glory

The Power And The Glory: Call Me ArmageddonCall Me Armageddon (2004)
Deathwish Inc.

Reviewer Rating: 4


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Sometimes, a band can remind you way too much of another, much better band. It's like they're trying to do everything exactly like someone else, which in turn makes them irrelevant. The Power and The Glory seem to be one of the few exceptions to this rule. They have some close ties to Converge, b.
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Sometimes, a band can remind you way too much of another, much better band. It's like they're trying to do everything exactly like someone else, which in turn makes them irrelevant. The Power and The Glory seem to be one of the few exceptions to this rule. They have some close ties to Converge, but can bearing similarities to one of the best bands in hardcore really be that much of a bad thing?

The answer, of course, is yes. But The Power and The Glory do a great job of pulling it off. For a basic description of Call Me Armageddon, just think of what Converge's Jane Doe album would sound like if it got even noisier. Vocalist Ezra Morris' rantings have a thick distortion on them, but sound even more powerful and throaty. His lyrics are weaving and rambling, like run-on sentences, and still manage to paint precise pictures of desperation. There is a constant repetition in the last track "Year of the Fear", of "We all failed/ We all fell/ So just remember my face when we meet in Hell/ We all fail/ We all fall." Somehow, a silver lining still manages to make its way through these declarations.

As a band, The Power and the Glory undoubtedly have their shit together, in a big way. Instead of a dual-guitar attack, Kenn TwoFour handles all of the guitar duties, and delivers with riffs that punish like few others can. The final minute of the title track is so crushing it can barely be justified in words. Effects pedals are used in certain songs, helping TwoFour to strangle the high ends of the strings into soaring atmospherics that bring these songs to their climaxes. The musical highpoint of the album is "East (There Is Such a Lot of the World to See)" which slows the attack down to an almost hypnotic dirge.

Having Kurt Ballou's unique ear for chaotic music behind this, and having Jacob Bannon's artwork set the feel for the music doesn't hurt things either. However, The Power and The Glory sounds ready to stand far apart from Converge. This band means business.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 28, 2005)

good songs good guys good sentiments keep it up, next time all of you guys should do the polonaise with us...cheers t0

Anonymous (October 10, 2004)

HSH is back!

Anonymous (October 8, 2004)

I think buddy is an amazing frontman, but that artwork is far from original. Who needs more winged things and shit? Hey how about some fucking stars up in there?

Barkley

Anonymous (October 6, 2004)

I agree with the Converge comparison, however, I don't think that they are just drawing on converge. I hear a lot of dark hardcore a la His Hero Is Gone, and a healthy dose of "post-rock" (whatever that means) a la A Silver Mt. Zion.

funny how the only negative comment is anonymous. douches.

Anonymous (October 5, 2004)

elliotloaf. hee.

elliot (October 5, 2004)

hey thanks dude! i love you too!

Anonymous (October 4, 2004)

this band is crap and so is your review

FortyMinutesWest (October 4, 2004)

Cool band, too bad they had to change their name though. I always liked Downpour.

Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

sounds like theres potential i'll check it out.

-I Hate The Kids

aubin (October 1, 2004)

Pretty good stuff; reminds me a lot of Breather Resist and His Hero is Gone; if you dig crusty hardcore, you'll probably love this.

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

i like bannon's art, but it's starting to get kind of played out when it becomes so commonplace.

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

score is for their name. hilarious.

johnnydanger (October 1, 2004)

he does almsot every record on his own label and the fact that hes the best means he does a lot of outside band's too.

recordings (October 1, 2004)

does bannon have to do EVERY hardcore bands artwork these days? i mean he does good stuff and all, but it seems as though its almost required by law.

manifesto (October 1, 2004)

This band is really impressive! For fans of Converge, you can't go wrong with The Power & The Glory. I'm looking to buy this album soon!

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