Song review: Consequence
Band: Art of the Enemy
Location: New Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Date of Release: February 10th, 2014
Genre: Progressive Aggressive (I’ve never heard of it either, it’s essentially just heavy progressive metal)
Straight away, from the first time that I listened to “Consequence”, I dug it, and the more that I listened to it, the more I liked it and heard the finer details in it. Let’s just get right into it.
One of the first things that you’ll notice after listening to this song, is that it has a unique and interesting structure. The song uses a heavy, chugging riff as the central or main riff, which it returns to a couple of times during the song. Despite what you may be thinking, however, it fails to feel repetitive at all. This is thanks to the great range of different parts during the other sections of the song, and the awesome transitions that take us through each one. In the short three and a half minutes (which definitely works in the song’s favour by keeping it from potentially getting boring or repetitive), we are taken through slow, heavy sections, faster, more intricate parts, and even a cool little solo. As a result of all of this, “Consequence” manages to be unpredictable and engaging to listen to numerous times.
Musically, there’s a lot of depth to this song. To start with, the guitars have a pretty even mix of rhythmic chugging sections and more melodic and intricate riffs throughout the song, both of which I enjoyed listening to, as neither parts felt like they were dragging on too much. From what I heard, the bass follows the guitars, and just adds that extra depth to the song in a tight and solid fashion. Although it would have been cool to hear the bass deviate a little from just following the guitars, I am happy that it was at least audible. The drums… Oh boy… The drums really add the life and energy into this song, and in such an awesome way. Every single beat and fill pushes the song in the right direction, be it a slower, heavier section, giving the sound that extra kick that makes you feel like jumping into the moshpit, or a faster section, where the drums pull everything along, and keep the energy of the song up. There’s also a lot of detail in the actual beats and fills as well, and being a drummer myself, it really tells me that there’s a really experienced drummer executing them. The vocals are performed in a pretty satisfying manner. There’s a decent range to them, and while they aren’t as coherent as I’d personally prefer, they are aesthetically pleasing, and suit the song well. After briefly searching, I was unable to find any lyrics for this song. From what I could make out, though, they weren’t too generic, but they weren’t to unique either. They were sort of in that solid middle ground. Overall, the instrumentation in “Consequence” is great, and should definitely appeal to almost anyone who likes their music as heavy as an average American.
The production quality of “Consequence” is just another factor that makes it so great to listen to. Everything sounds tight, professional and relatively natural. I also really liked that everything was the centre of attention when it was meant to be, and nothing ever sounds like it’s getting too drowned out, either. This really adds to the listening experience and makes the song sound that much more professional. On the topic of a professional-sounding song, I absolutely loved the way that the drums panned through my headphones. It really was the perfect amount, and it sounded so fucking good, particularly because there are so many fills throughout this song the flow down the toms. Overall, the quality could have been a bit clearer, but as it stands, everything is audible, clear enough to hear the intricacies of the music, and sounds great.
In short, this is a damn good song, and I really got into it. Everything in it is AT LEAST above average, and I think any fan of metal, particularly progressive metal and heavy metal will really enjoy this. It has a nice structure, a great mix of riffs, some stellar production, and all in all is a three and a half minutes well spent. Great work guys!
Drums: 9.5/10 would buy a beer for
Overall IPHYB Rating: 8.5/10
Personal Enjoyment Factor: 8/10
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