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Solemn Vow Review

by WhiteMetalMan

Solemn Vow is from the small town of Florence, Mississipi where they started out as a four-piece alternative rock band playing only local churches and school events. However, after two years the original drummer left. The band then settled on its current line-up of Kyle Jeffcoat (vocals), Jeff Perry (guitar), Josh Weeks (guitar), Josh Burkes (bass), and Katie Perry (who moved from bass to drums). The band finally settled for a melodic metalcore sound. Their influences are Haste the Day, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, War of Ages, As I Lay Dying, and Still Remains. 

In June 2009, Solemn Vow became a new signing to Wounded Records. Wounded Records is also the home of Bringing Down Broadway, Sonset Down, FBS, The Rose McCoy, Neviah Nevi and The Tug Fork River Band. 

The album starts with the stirring speech by Aragorn (LOTR: The Return of the King) before the battle at the Black Gate of Mordor, "Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day! An hour of wolves, and shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!" 

‘The Sound of Courage’ is competant metalcore with growling vocals, then a snatch of clear singing before morphing into southern metalcore (very similar to Maylene), a brief melodic interlude and back to standard metalcore. It seems like they have tried to fit all of their styles into one song. My advice would be to cut out the clear vocals and melodic interludes as they don’t fit in with this style of music.

I was enjoying ‘Legalism The Fall Of Man’ until they stuck in a crappy synth pop part that kept interrupting the flow. Thankfully they stick to metalcore throughout ‘Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are’. Just when you thought ‘Our Daydreams Darken Into Nightmares’ was mainly acoustic guitar and piano, they stick in a raging mid section. ‘Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain’ features the guest vocals by Daniel McWhorter and compares the American Dream to the Wizard of Oz. It is one of the better songs on the album, but unfortunately that doesn’t make up for all the other tracks. 

Rating: 5/10


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