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Solemn Vow Review

by C.W. Ross, Christian Rockers Online

Album Title: The American Dream
Style: Metalcore
Rating: 8.7 out of 10

Lineup: Kyle Jeffcoat (vocals), Jeff Perry- (guitar), Josh Weeks- (guitar), Josh Burkes- (bass), and Katie Perry- (drums).

Musical Influences: Haste the Day, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, War of Ages, As I Lay Dying, Still Remains, Thrice.

Solemn Vow is from Florence, MS.; they started out as a four-piece band playing alternative rock music. Since then though the band has undergone lineup changes with members leaving and some who left returning, but it looks like now those days are behind them with the release of their new album, The American Dream.

Like with their lineup over the years the band's music has also changed to its current metalcore sound. This album features 11-tracks plus one hidden track found at the end. After listening to the entire release the one thing that kept popping into my mind was this band isn't playing it safe by following a music formula. Sure you'll find the expected grinding metal guitars and booming drumbeats in the songs, but you'll also find little unexpected nuances that kept surprising me. Those nuances included, gang shouts' vocals, hand clapping, keys/synth sounds, interesting song intros, rap vocals, a piano ballad track, and what sounded like either TV or film clips.

This release also takes top prize for the longest song titles. Unlike the usual two or three word song titles these song titles are full sentences made up of, 6, 7, or more words. Here are just a few examples of the long song titles, "The Gates Of Hell Never Stood A Chance," "Wake Up Nemo, How Many Times Do I Have To Call You?" and "Even The Darkest Night Brings Hope Of A New Dawn."

The American Dream has the feel like it was an album that the band had fun making and that translated well into the songs found on it. Don't get me wrong, this album isn't filled with light fluffy, novelty songs, for the most part they're hard-edged using both singing and scream vocals with meaty lyrics.

The songs cover tough subject matters that tell things straight up, without sugar coating them. The overall theme that I took away from listening to this album was that we have really messed up what is known as, 'The American Dream,' especially as it relates to faith and God. The clocks ticking and its time to change and make a stand for what is true and real while we still can.

Solemn Vow has a lot to say and they do it very well with the music that's found on, The American Dream.


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