Like all of the popular metal bands before them, Confession blends hardcore screams with clean vocals, making it highly appealing to the masses. The one thing that makes Confession, a promising band in the rising hardcore scene, more exciting than the pack of auto-tuned, guitar-chugging groups though: their music is super-powerful, without overdoing any of these things.
The Long Way Home is immense from start to finish. The first Confession album released by an American label (the band is Australian), all I have to say is that it’s about time. Enveloped by huge guitar riffs and screams, this album mixes brutalness with tons of melody. Dan Brown’s cleans provide relief to the listener, if Michael Crafter (ex-I Killed The Prom Queen and Bury Your Dead) melts your face off too fast with his rage-filled screams. He has great range, switching between lows, highs, and even shouts, and is super-talented; he really shows it in this record.
Second track “Confused/Hopeless” probably exemplifies Confession’s sound the best, while “I Created This Horror” is a song ruled by brutality and desecrating lyrical themes, not to mention the most brutal breakdown on the record. In “Piece By Piece,” we see Brown’s cleans provide the listener with a more emotion-filled trip, which are quickly accommodated by Crafter’s dense screams. The cleans make the songs more memorable and catchy, just like every other metalcore band. But in songs like “Gimme A.D.D.” (not to be confused with Parkway Drive’s “Gimme AD”), Brown’s cleans are more computerized and lack range.
This album is well-written and keeps the listener on edge. Honestly, with solid lyrics and solid vocals, my biggest complaint is the lack of variety within the guitar riffs. Breakdown after breakdown, they all sound the same after a while. In “Heartless,” we are even warned there will be one (a voice similar to the one in Periphery’s “Icarus Lives” declares “now it’s time for a breakdown.”) The guitar feels like Bring Me The Horizon-type stuff; it’s pitched really low. But during these breakdowns and slow parts, I think I’m hearing an Acacia Strain song. The music slows down and speeds up effectively at times, though, adding some much-needed variety to the album.
The thing to like most about The Long Way Home is the fact that it is straight-up powerful and super heavy. Though Confession’s sound in this album seems a bit repetitive, it’s nothing that will grind your ears too much (unless you get annoyed by the abundance of similar breakdowns). With a predictable sound, the band has room to grow. But The Long Way Home is still a solid album, proving that this band is still worthwhile. Thank you once again Australia; you brought us yet another solid band this year.