Harvest Of Shame

by First Reign

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Jacques Low
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Jacques Low So glad I discovered this band! Great music! \m/ Favorite track: Severed Inception.
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b3nnyJ First time in a while that I've found an album I've wanted to listen to multiple times daily. After 6ish listens on bandcamp, I figured that it was about time to throw these guys some well-earned support.

This record has great melodies and riffs, and is tastefully brutal at all the right moments. The hooks brought me in, but the inter and intra-song dynamics have kept me coming back.

First Reign, thank you for such an enjoyable and well-crafted album. Oh, and props to the cover artist. Favorite track: Harvest Of Shame.
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What a beast of an album.

Non-European melodic death metal that’s REALLY good is really hard to come by. It always has been. For every one band from somewhere else, you could name three European bands of at least equal weight. First Reign are a Canadian band who I believe are at the head of the class of what they do. I’ve covered them before, reviewing their debut EP, but with the band’s debut album, Harvest of Shame, they’ve undergone a transformation. They are more technical, more progressive, and with a much darker tonality.

Imagine the ferocity of At the Gates, the guitar acrobatics and power-metal clean interjections of Into Eternity (pre-Stu Block), and a Death-like sense of composition, combined with some traditional death metal carnage, and you have First Reign. Harvest of Shame is a bleak, twisting labyrinth of melodic death metal might. The band’s seamless integration of their various influences and their commitment to producing melodic death metal that is truly their own is astounding. I’d be hard-pressed to name any one band who truly sounds like this one, even though I can rattle off the names of others who have laid the groundwork for their sound.

The album’s opening is a torrent of rage and agony. “The Reaping/Death with Regret” opens up with melancholy piano. The deathly waltz of dual-guitar dance that follows becomes an elegant massacre, a wolf of demonic origin tearing the entrails out of its hapless victims. And “elegant massacre” is a description that really applies to all of Harvest of Shame – it never lets up once. From the technical ballet of “Severed Inception” to the straight-up death metal blitzkrieg of “A Will Into A Way”, First Reign know their metal and how to craft it exceedingly well.

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released January 21, 2014

Produced By Jason Campbell and First Reign. Engineered By Jason Campbell. Recorded at Big Block Sound. Drums tracked at Nexus studios. Mastered by Stu Mckillop at Rain City Recorders

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First Reign Vancouver, British Columbia

Hailing from the frozen north of Canada, First Reign plays a mix of melodic death metal similar to the Gothenburg melodeath movement, progressive power metal much like fellow countrymen Into Eternity, and technical thrash, likened to Darkane and other such bands. ... more

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