01. Buried By Fear 02. Withered And Decayed (feat. Milo Silvestro of Fear Factory) 03. Reborn (feat. Corey Beaulieu of Trivium) 04. The Process Of Human Demise 05. Empire 06. Down In The Water 07. A Future Untold 08. All The Misery 09. Light It Up 10. No Innocence 11. A Grave For The False Ones 12. Venom Inside
It takes a song or two to realize that bands really don't make records like this anymore. The brainchild of former SOIL / DIRGE WITHIN guitarist Shaun Glass, REPENTANCE are a precision-tooled, groove metal wrecking machine and "The Process Of Human Demise" is their long-awaited coming-of-age. A first album, "God For A Day", emerged in 2020 and set down a sturdy template of murderous, modern thrash riffs, razor-wire bellowing and snappy, metalcore-adjacent song structures. Three years on, and one wholesale lineup change later, REPENTANCE are twice the band they were on the debut. Starting with an overall sound that wields metal's cutting edge like a weapon of war, "The Process Of Human Demise" is an upgrade on all fronts.
If you listen intently enough, REPENTANCE may at times remind you of everyone from PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD to CHIMAIRA and HATEBREED, but in truth the Chicagoans have taken those same musical blueprints and beefed them up considerably, making the resultant barrage appropriately brutal for the modern era. At times, this kicks with death metal intensity, and many of Glass's riffs are nasty enough to complete the picture. But foremost on the agenda are big, hooky songs and devastating quantities of life-affirming chug. The opening "Buried By Fear" slams the manifesto down with a shit-ton of attitude and several superb riffs; "Withered and Decayed" is a frantic, shout-along assault, with guest vocals from new FEAR FACTORY frontman Milo Silvestro (and yes, he's fucking great); and "The Process of Human Demise" itself is all churning, tar-black thrash and lumbering, doomy grandeur, with vocalist Adam Gilley convincingly losing his mind as the cacophony finally disintegrates.
Where REPENTANCE's debut was occasionally tentative and generic, "The Process Of Human Demise" is belligerent and unpredictable. Despite sticking rigidly to the carnivorous pummel of their established sound, they negotiate slower tempos and perverse detours with ease. "Down In the Water" is a particularly effective, slow-to-mid-pace sprawl, with giant riffs to spare; "A Future Untold" is a scowling, street metal take on IN FLAMES' seminal melo-death motifs; "A Grave For The False Ones" ambles down a morbid, atmospheric path, before snapping seamlessly into demolition mode, with the speedometer in the red and a spotlight on Gilley's sulphureous raging.
At heart, "The Process Of Human Demise" is an uncomplicated affair. This is brutal modern metal, immaculately produced. Scratch the surface, however, and this underrated band are filling a yawning chasm in the metal marketplace. They don't make records like this anymore, so REPENTANCE did.
BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).