Crossover thrash fans have something to look forward to in this album. Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death , The Kandidate's sophomore album and follow-up to Until We Are Outnumbered from 2010, has all the attitude and energy that makes good crossover.
With the opener, "Death", being the odd man out with its dissonant chords and more sludgy tempos, the listener is lead to believe that Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death is a regular sludge metal affair only to be taken by surprise as 'Beyond the Mind, Sleep You'll Find' bursts directly into an explosion of hardcore punk meets groove metal. And this pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album. Thus you can expect thrashy and hardcore riffage side-by-side with heavier and groovier passages combined with the crushing brutality of sound of the downtuned guitars of modern death metal (there is a bit of death metal riffage every now and then, too).
So, the album definitely has a very appealing, but brutal, modern sound, which is definitely an asset, but, at the same time, it captures the energy of both old school thrash metal and, perhaps more importantly in this case, the energy and attitude of hardcore punk – in part generated by the Discharged-inspired drumbeats that appear an many of the tunes on the album.
A very solid example of modern crossover, Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death remind us of the great constribution elements of hardcore punk can make to metal music – even modern metal. Recommended to fans of Discharge, Pro-Pain, early Suicidal Tendencies and Agnostic Front, among others.
2. Beyond The Mind, Sleep You'll Find
3. One And Alone
4. Total War
6. Let The Maggots Have It
7. Standing On The Cliffs Of Madness
8. Fucked In The Search For Life
11. Knives Spit