When Killswitch Engage/Seamless ex-frontman Jesse Leach decided to voice his political opinion it would be safe to say that he would do so in the most metal of ways. Enlisting like minded musicians, together they create a face melting disc that whether you agree with his point of view or not, you will at least enjoy how he delivers it.
While a good portion of this disc is basically a wake up call for those that tend to sit on the side lines and don't bother to see what is going on around them, the remainder of the album is filled with Jesse's disdain for government. There is certainly an overwhelming passion in Leach's delivery as he tries to enrage, enlighten, and educate the masses. There is nothing wrong with trying to get people to question those in power or to have these same people open their eyes to what is happening around them and to them. I believe most of his venom is directed at the last administration but much of what he says I hope will Awaken many to what is happening right now.
With an absolute in your face attitude, The Empire Shall Fall has made as heavy of a disc as you will find. That being said, there is something to how they manage to throw in an occasional melodic or even jazz interlude that hits you like something out of left field. Wrapping this around their true metalcore heart this is one of the fiercest statements I have heard so far this year. Add to that the best vocal performance by Leach since his stint with Killswitch and you have a terrific slice of musical mayhem that is hard to ignore.
With the songs "Awaken", "We The People", "Our Own" and "The Kingdom" Jesse tries to put forth the message of get involved and look around. If there is going to be change it has to start with you and apathy is the real enemy. "We The People", "Voices Forming Weapons" and "These Colors Bleed" are his point of view on many social problems such as bigotry and the need for a change to a system that gives the power back to the people. Then there is "Lords Of War" and "Choir Of Angels" which are best suited for fans of Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory. This last pair of songs should answer a question that I am sure is on everyone's mind, can you headbang while wearing a tin foil hat?
This is a dynamite album and Leach does give you many things to ponder while he unleashes his potent screams and dynamic vocal ability. It might be too much of a thinking type metal for some but I applaud them for having the balls to get up there and speak their mind.
2. Lords Of War
3. Voices Forming Weapons
4. Choir Of Angels
5. We The People
6. These Colors Bleed
7. Our Own
8. The Kingdom