Genres: Death Metal
Label: Lifeforce Records
So for whatever reason, probably the cover art, I was thinking this album was going to be the same deathcore/scenecore as Waking the Cadaver. But I was wrong.
The Last Felony are brutal, with absolutely no melody, but it’s also not a half hour of breakdowns with some clean singing. It’s just straight forward bludgeoning to the face and body with some pretty talented writing. Their singer actually enunciates and is relatively understandable (let’s face it folks, it’s still death metal, not the easiest genre to decode the lyrics to). The guitar work is fast, with a bassist that doesn’t just copy and paste the riff. The drummer’s foot and hand coordination is on par with someone who actually listens to music rather than jackhammers. And finally, it all comes together into songs, not collections of cool sounding riffs.
Which to me spells good.
These guys aren’t the best out there, and this isn’t the most memorable death metal album of all time. In fact, I’ll probably honestly not reach for it again, unless it’s in the car; but I have a feeling they will get better and stronger songwriting will emerge, bringing them closer to the front of the huge death metal heap they are in. In all though, I like The Last Felony, and I’d like to see them live.
6.5 out of 10.