We got the opportunity to check out the Sacramento based post-hardcore band Slaves as they toured late last year, which was an incredible experience (you can check out our article on that HERE.) So receiving their new album, Beautiful Death, for an early listen was quite a treat. I can tell you right now that this is an album you should be looking forward to hearing! Here are a few of my favorite tracks:
The second track, Patience Is The Virtue, (along with many other tracks on this album) combines electronic and physical drums in a very nice way to add variance throughout, and really make the choruses pop. The vocal line is very catchy and showcases Jonny’s virtuosic vocal techniques, and amidst all that are some extremely catchy guitar riffs that fill out the piece beautifully. Jonny also does this cool rap-singing hybrid – think 21 Pilots. Overall this piece is very good and has high emotional intensity.
The fourth track, Let This Haunt You, was another that stood out to me. It begins by using a very fascinating pattern on the vocal line, as well as some lovely guitar licks. The vocal line on the chorus has some nice syncopation and is quite catchy. The bridge section features some filtered drums and an interesting sliding synth sound, and does a wonderful job building up to an incredible release with the last chorus. Overall, I felt this track blended a lot of elements very tactfully without overwhelming the listener. Everything had a piece – and that created sonic beauty.
I loved the sassy feeling of Petty Trappin. The wiry guitar lead in the back ground compliments the vocals and lyrics very well, and the bell/chime hits mixed with the electronic drum beat gave the song complexity. The welding of electronic elements and that classic post hardcore overdrive made this piece a really cool modern fusion to listen to.
The last track on the album, The Pact, was my favorite. This piece begins very scaled down with a beautiful piano riff and filtered vocals to add ambiance. This song is sad; it’s obvious that the topics discussed in the lyrics are extremely personal to Jonny. However, as it goes on, it takes a more uplifting turn. The lyrics, “I’ll keep my purpose, you keep your faith, we can get through this, these tougher days” are intense and beautiful.
Slaves has maintained the things that made them so phenomenal in this record. The atmosphere created through the drum hits and guitar riffs coupled with the intense emotion and virtuosity in Jonny Craig’s vocals delivers a combo that is tough to beat. These songs are intense; you will feel them in your heart. The production here was top notch – from the vocals and the drums in particular. Be sure to check out Beautiful Death this Friday!