Still My Darling: A Few Years From Now

stillmydarlingA 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.

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This review first appeared in Issue Four

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