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Light The Torch 'You Will Be the Death of Me' Album Review By Nick Perez

Light The Torch

You Will Be the Death of Me

Nuclear Blast Records

June 25, 2021

Album Review By Nick Perez

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

 

Back in 2018, I had the opportunity to go see Trivium and AVATAR on their fall tour.  I ended up seeing another concert instead, thinking I’d catch these bands next time they came around to the Jersey/Philly area.  However, being fans of each act, I went on to watch live clips of the concerts, and through that I found out the Light the Torch was 1) the opener and 2) was Howard Jones’ band!  I’ve always loved his voice since I first heard Killswitch Engage’s cover of “Holy Diver” and regret not seeing that show to this day.  Fast forward three years, and I’ve been given the opportunity to check out the trio’s sophomore album, You Will Be The Death of Me.

The album, while heavy, does a great job at having a singalong hook in every song.  Howard Jones definitely shows off his talent and range on this record, going from soaring melodies, to screams, and some rather low notes at times.  My favorite performance of his has to be the chorus of “Wilting in the Light.”  You can really feel all of the emotion he’s portraying in the lyrics, building up from the snare roll driven pre-chorus, and climaxing at the end of the chorus with the line “we’re wilting in the light, and we stumble in the dark.”  Another stand out moment vocally came towards the end of “I Hate Myself,” where the band instrumentation drops out and gets replaced with an orchestral arrangement.  Howard Jones is screaming his lines during this.  And it works.  It works so well.

There are also plenty of synth parts sprinkled throughout the record.  Many times, the synths and guitars double a line to create a huge wall of sound.  In other instances, such as “Become the Martyr,” the synth is a lot more driving.  This particular part reminds me of “Turbo Lover” by Judas Priest both in terms of timbre and how it moves the song forward.  The last song on the album is another excellent display of their use of synthesizers in a rock setting.  You Will Be The Death of Me ends with a cover “Sign Your Name” by Terence Trent D’Arby and while it is still true to an 80s track at heart, does a nice job of introducing modern rock elements to the tune.

There’s two main things I learned while listening to this album.  The first is that the boys in Light the Torch love, and I mean LOVE dramatic intros.  Seriously, seven of the songs have a telephone effect to some degree.  Sometimes it sweeps to a fuller sound, and sometimes the transition is sudden. This “Frequency Sweep” makes for a super cool intro because the normal mix sounds so full and impactful when it comes in, a cool little production trick if you’re into that stuff.  Whether or not they used it too much on this album is up for debate, but it worked very well on all the songs it was used on. 

The second thing I learned is that I need to add a seven string to my guitar arsenal (my guitarsenal)!!!  Fransesco delivered some amazing riffs on this record.  From the expected heavy ones found on” More Than Dreaming,” “End of the World,” and “Denying the Sin” to the Bloc Party reminiscent riff in “Comeback to the Quicksand” and a beautiful picking part in “I Hate Myself,” the album is a true joy for guitarists.  His solos were very melodic at times (More than Dreaming, Something Deep Inside), to all out, guns blazing shred (Denying the Sun).  In fact, I think he could’ve taken a longer solo on “End of the World” after the bridge, but the short section at the end was nice.  However, the solo on “Comeback to the Quicksand” had to be my favorite of them all.  Though I myself have never experienced what it’s like to be caught in it, the solo is structurally very illustrative of what I imagine said experience would be like.  First, we get a wah pedal, so it’s already got chaotic energy by default.  As the solo goes on, simple lines become more hectic and we’re left with an insane legato run as we’ve been brought down under.

This album, while heavy at its core, offers a lot for listeners to take in.  For me, the standout tracks were “More Than Dreaming,” “Wilting in the Light,” “I Hate Myself,” “Denying the Sing,” and “Comeback to the Quicksand,” with the last being my favorite.  Fans of heavier bands will definitely enjoy this album, but I could even see more casual rock fans enjoying it as well.

 

 

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