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Premonitions Of War The True Face of Panic


1. The True Face Of Panic 2. Correspondences 3. Best Day Ever 4. Abomination 5. Hanging Man 6. A Minor Correction 7. I'd Settle For Sleep
2002 Goodfellow Records
Our score 8

2/15/2003

Premonitions of War (POW) have always been somewhat of an enigma, with very little information available on the band or its members (no web page!). But after hearing the unit's first self-titled release, there is one thing you do know: POW is here to take no prisoners. If you're looking for melodic- or Swedish-influenced hardcore, and lyrics crooning about adolescent relationships, look elsewhere. As such, "The True Face of Panic," POW's second effort, continues to be devoid of all melody and singing. This is metalcore the way it's meant to be: pounding, abrasive, and relentless. Combining elements of grind, metal, and a bit of hardcore, POW will floor you from start to finish and never let up, whether it's grinding blast beats or devastating discordant breakdowns. You won't hear many fancy guitar leads, as riffs, chords, and various hooks are primarily used in POW's music. Meanwhile, time signature changes and grooves are well-managed to vary things a bit (they're far from a math-metal band). A new element the five-piece introduces in this record is brief instrumentals that combine noise, feedback, and light percussion, that help to close several tracks ("Hanging Man" and "I'd Settle For Sleep"). In terms of musicianship, POW can definitely execute their brand of frantic grind/metalcore. The vocalist is just a monster, and it sounds as if they included some vocal overdubbing (versus the previous EP) to add more depth there. But what truly stands out is the drumming. This guy is a machine. It's fast, it's tight, and the fills are excellent. That's why it's a shame that the guitars overshadow the drums. Where the percussion was quite audible on their self-titled release, the move to increase the fullness of the guitars for "The True Face Of Panic," a welcomed adjustment that adds to the band's devastation, unfortunately proves to be a detriment for the drum work. Nevertheless, the album's mix is adequate as a whole, and that oversight shouldn't take away from the quality of this EP. Visually, firearms, particularly gun barrels, adorn the cover of the insert, tray, and the CD itself. Adding to the group's secretive mystique, there is a photo of the band that only reveals dark silhouettes and blurred faces of its members. Bottom Line: While I was hoping to see and learn a little more about the band on this EP, it doesn't change the fact that any fan of aggressive music should pick up this record. The music will just crush you and most likely leave you wanting more because of its shortness. And while the unit has undergone a change in the front-man position, and rumors of a label jump are brewing, let's hope POW can soldier forward and give us that elusive full-length. Kudos to both the band and Goodfellow Records for this excellent release.

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Captain_Comic_ 10/6/2004 8:48:40 AM

Great album.


Linus_ 9/20/2005 10:49:20 PM

If you look close enough at that album cover, its actually a van, not a gun.


Marchosias_ 7/12/2006 9:21:52 AM

f*cking sick!! I love this album!


anonymous 5/15/2016 10:09:01 PM

Wow, this brings back memories.