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Corpus Christi
The Darker Shades of White

Company: Victory Records
Release: 2008
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: Chaoslord

  • Metalcore with a twist of hard rock to it



  • Alright, so sometimes I buy records based purely on the cover art. Crazy I know, but I have lucked out and found some good stuff using this method. You find some garbage too but it usually equals itself out. Anyways, I digress.

    This album was a great pick up. The band is very similar to Killswitch Engage, eerily so at times. They are signed with Victory Records so it's Metalcore with a twist of hard rock to it. This album marks the bands first major label release. The vocals battle back and forth between hardcore and clean vocals. The Hardcore vocals are handled by Max O'Connell and the clean vocals are handled by rhythm guitarist Jarrod Christman.

    The hard vocals are a good mix of growls and screams with the occasional bark thrown in. The clean vocals are very reminiscent of Killswitch's Howard Jones. The two styles blend well together and create a nice point-counter point system if you will. Christman is joined on guitar by Derek Ayres and together these two shredders create some pretty nasty riffs.

    I found my head bobbing to many tracks on this album. Any artist that can get my head banging at least has some good quality riffage going on. The drums are handled by Peter Keres who pounds the drums with a heavy hand and fast feet. The bass is abused by Phil Smith who has some pretty sick grooves and lines throughout the album.

    The production is very crisp and on headphones or a great stereo system, you can hear each instrument and what they're doing. Now as much as I like the album, the one complaint I would give is that at times I felt like I was listening to Killswitch. Now don't get me wrong, Killswitch is great but if I wanted to listen to them I would have bought their album.

    Despite this minor setback I would definitely recommend picking this one up on your next trip to your favorite metal merch dealer. You will enjoy if you are a fan of Killswitch or looking for something with some edge and some depth to it as well.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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