Still My Darling: A Few Years From Now
A Few Years From Now, Still My Darling’s latest release, begins with vocalist Nicki Imperato screaming, “Listen to the words I’m speaking / Hear my voice and be conflicted / I will drive you out for your blasphemies.”
As an opening track should, “Introduction” gives listeners a taste of what to expect from the album: evangelical lyrics over the abrupt chugging of a rhythm section in constant breakdown. While this particular brand of Christian metalcore, as a follow-up to 2012’s Rapture EP, may not be all that groundbreaking, it is played with a passionate proficiency that begs to be heard.
The error, however, lies in the repetition. Most of the eleven tracks fail to step out from underneath The Devil Wears Prada’s ever-looming shadow, and the comparisons between the two are far too many, right down to the humorous song titles. However, the tracks that do stray from double- bass breakdowns and hyperbolic fire and brimstone, such as “What Happened To The Brown Haired Chick?” or “Wet Work,” are where this record shines.
In fact, as a general rule of thumb, A Few Years From Now’s back half plays much stronger than the front, and Still My Darling shows a great deal of promise on the last few tracks. Ultimately, the music remains tight and energetic throughout the release, with many an opportunity for fans to dance their hearts out.
This review first appeared in Issue Four