The World We Knew is set to drop their debut album for BlkHeart Group entitled Death Dealer onto an unsuspecting world. I vote for this album to be one of the top five hardcore albums of the entire year. If the brutal screams and the ultra-tight songwriting that the extremely talented Frank Fanelli possesses don’t convince you, then I don’t know what will.
To open up the album, they have a guest spot by none other than Alex Erian of Despised Icon on “Hopeless Hero.” The beginning is very metalcore, and the verse lines are a cross of metalcore and hardcore. When the breakdowns kick in, they are straight-up brutal hardcore, and those are when Erian and Fanelli trade off vocals. The guitars really stay up to speed and are the shining musical part of the song. The drums aren’t set heavy and I think that’s what keeps this track from potentially going into deathcore territory.
My personal favorite track is “Death Dealer” for many reasons. One, it really showcases Fanelli’s awesome abilities to the fullest extent. He hits all the ranges in one song flawlessly. This is a singer who has truly set himself apart from all others with his unique voice. Once you get to know how he sounds, you will be able to pick any of his tunes out a pile of unnamed songs. This track is noticeably deeper-sounding than the last track and I think it’s due to the guitarist’s energy and drums taking more attention from my ears. Then the solo kicks in and blows me away. This will be the song I look forward to hearing when I see them live.
“The Endless” leans a little on the generic side. The metalcore guitars are something I’ve heard before. The singing vocals aren’t really pulled off all that well and are forgettable. At about the 1:40 mark, they fool you into thinking you’re going into a dreamy interlude before the next song, but it only lasts for about twenty seconds.
To give a more metal feel, “Grand Destroyer” truly destroys all who oppose it. This is another standout track I would suggest people listening to; you will not be sorry. The chunky yet quick breakdowns are downright beautiful and the overall execution is spot on. The guitars are the main driving force throughout the track and have small differences compared to other players, being that they move at their own speed and always keep tempo perfectly. The tone also sets them apart from other players.
As if you haven’t had a varied taste yet, “Extermination” is a straight-up metalcore track that doesn’t take prisoners. I like how sometimes they will keep it very simple and then go into real complicated solos. The demonic scream at the beginning sucked me into this vortex of awesomeness and I can’t seem to pull my way out.
Seriously, you need to give The World We Knew a decent listen. This is a very strong contender for knocking We Are The Ocean’s newest album off the album of the year pedestal for me.