Release date: July 13, 2012
Vancouver, B.C. thrash-edged metal merchants, Titans Eve, wasted no time getting back into the studio to record the follow-up to their 2011 debut, The Divine Equal. The result is a breath of fresh napalm called, Life Apocalypse. The new album contains all the skull-crushing brutality fans have come to expect from Titans Eve, delivered with intellectual impact, and sonic diversity.
Brothers Brian and Kyle Gamblin continue to bring forth an onslaught of crunchy riffage and inspired shredding. Brian’s voice is a merciless force, and the rhythm section of bassist Jesse Hord and drummer Casey Ory is simply a bone triturating machine.
The band set the bar high with its debut album, and the conceptualized, Life Apocalypse keeps the bar there, perhaps nudging it further north. The album was produced by Titans Eve and recorded by Sacha Laskow (Divinity) at Perfect Fifth Studios in Calgary, Alberta.
The intro, “Overcast” rolls across like an oppressive cloud cover and reminds a bit of Machine Head. The album’s first song is the caustic, throat-gripping “Destined To Die”. There’s an almost folk tint to the gang chorus, with its anthemic army of voices. Great performances all around, but the leads penetrate and tattoo the brain.
“Road To Ruin” hits he pedal, full throttle with Brian’s rage-soaked vocals laid over a nice melody line. An excellent solo on this one. The much slower-paced “The Abyss”, has an almost dirge-like quality to start off, but the song quickly launches back to a fevered tempo. A short instrumental piece bridges the way to the title track: A relatively mid-tempo number with another dynamic solo.
At the album’s midway point, Titans Eve truly changes it up with the three-and-a-half minute acoustic and atmospheric instrumental, “A Wound That Never Heals”. This might throw off the continuity of similar albums, but on Life Apocalypse it flows rather seamlessly–a gateway to the album’s remaining act.
“Hollow Gods” opens with a tag-team of spiraling guitars that wind up the hammer that’s about to come crashing into the listener’s cranium. One of the album’s more punishing tracks. The pummeling continues through the album’s final three songs which ends in the pulverizing mist of ‘The Void”.
Life Apocalypse is both a continuation of The Divine Equal, and in many ways a departure. The previous album was arguably heavier in sound while the new album is weightier in depth. This album lacks a touch of ferocity and hunger found on the first album, yet it offers fans more overall impact in content. One constant is solid songwriting, tight musicianship, and a serious ensemble of melodic crunch. In short, Life Apocalypse is a meaty dose of cranium-crushing thrash that should help push Titans Eve into the pit with bands like Testament, 4ARM, Trivium, and the aforementioned Machine Head.