Impending Doom has steadily progressed and gotten better sounding with each record they’ve streeted thus far, from 2007’s Nailed. Dead. Risen. to 2009’s Serpent Servant. The band has yet to drop a clunker. And you’ll have to wait another album cycle for that to happen, as There Will Be Violencesurely doesn’t classify as that aforementioned clunker. As they (wisely) did with the Serpent Servant, Impending Doom turned the keys over to As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis to handle the production, and for that simple fact, they’ve never sounded better. And not only does Lambesis produce, he also steps out from behind the mixing board and up to the microphone to lend his talents to “Orphans,” which is one of the best songs on the album. But not to be outdone, the Acacia Strain’s Vincent Bennett helps out vocally on the single “The Great Fear,” a track that only strengthens There Will Be Violence. “Peace Illusion” might be the album’s best song, but that’s better left to your own interpretation. The band’s instrumental rendezvous (“Love Has Risen,” “Hell Breaks Loose”) are ultimately skip-worthy, though they do succeed in showcasing what we should know by now – Impending Doom are a group of tremendously adept musicians.
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