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Crimson Armada, The - Guardians Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 7
Musicianship 7.25
Lyrics 7
Production 7.25
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 7.75
Final Verdict: 71%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7
Musicianship 7
Lyrics 6.5
Production 7.5
Creativity 5.5
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 7.5
Average: 69%

Crimson Armada, The - Guardians

Reviewed by: Handraa (08/03/09)
The Crimson Armada - Guardians
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Record Label: Metal Blade Records


Ever since my Whitechapel review (although I gave it a good score and no I'm not hatin') I've been looking for something better in the deathcore genre. I'll be the first to tell you, The Crimson Armada doesn't bring anything new to the table and are not changing the genre but Guardians is a great album for any deathcore fan.

"Guardians" opens the album with vocalist Saud Ahmed belting out "Can you show me what it means to be alive?" He is quickly joined by speedy guitars and a very talented drummer. If there is one thing The Crimson Armada do best, it's their ability to play off each other. Guardians leans more toward furious drumming paired with catchy riffs, rather than arpeggios and solos. The band operates as a whole, and that includes the vocalist (listen to "Revelations" and "The Architect").

Vocalist Saud Ahmed not only has a sonic high scream and a deep growl but also has a pitch that seems balanced and in the middle (see "Revelations"). Ahmed's lyrics are nothing short of faith filled which leads to the assumption that they are a Christian band: "In the eyes of God/ I am his testiment" is just one example. Just because faith is involved in someone's lyrics doesn't automatically put them in the "Christian band" category (We learned this from Attack Attack! remember?).

Guardians may have been something we have all heard before but it's a decent debut. Lets hope something new comes out of their sophmore album. Don't we say that about every new deathcore/metalcore band that comes along, though?

Recommended If You LikeColumbuscore; The Black Dahlia Murder; Born of Osiris; Rose Funeral; all with "faith-filled" lyrics
 
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11:54 AM on 08/14/09
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Worst worst worst album art ever
11:56 AM on 08/14/09
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I might like this, idk.
11:56 AM on 08/14/09
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Worst worst worst album art ever
This.
10:31 PM on 08/14/09
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Worst worst worst album art ever
You sure? I bet there are far worse out there.
08:23 AM on 08/15/09
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You sure? I bet there are far worse out there.
Well this band's music backs up the horrible art.
09:08 AM on 08/15/09
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Well this band's music backs up the horrible art.
Ummm...




I actually gave these guys a listen before and liked it alright
09:09 AM on 08/15/09
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Ummm...




I actually gave these guys a listen before and liked it alright
the Emmure cover isn't that bad though. These guys blow. It's just super trendy columbus-core.
10:30 AM on 08/15/09
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the Emmure cover isn't that bad though. These guys blow. It's just super trendy columbus-core.
Is that what they call it out there haha? I really like Miss May I though.
11:28 AM on 08/15/09
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Is that what they call it out there haha? I really like Miss May I though.
That's what I'm calling it because every band from ohio sounds like this now.
09:24 AM on 08/16/09
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That's what I'm calling it because every band from ohio sounds like this now.
Well I wouldn't quite say Attack Attack! sounds like this haha.
11:38 AM on 08/16/09
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Well I wouldn't quite say Attack Attack! sounds like this haha.
Used to.
06:15 PM on 08/16/09
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09:57 AM on 08/28/09
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Obviously you aren't an avid musician. My jaw dropped when I heard the insane guitar riffs and the solid blast beats. Such a talented and under rated band deserves a lot more attention. I've followed these guys from day one since they are from my home town in Columbus Ohio. They've greatly improved their sound. It's beyond comprehension. The album art is PRETTY sketchy. but the musc makes up for it with ease.

Learn how to play guitar, and listen again.
12:42 PM on 08/28/09
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Obviously you aren't an avid musician. My jaw dropped when I heard the insane guitar riffs and the solid blast beats. Such a talented and under rated band deserves a lot more attention. I've followed these guys from day one since they are from my home town in Columbus Ohio. They've greatly improved their sound. It's beyond comprehension. The album art is PRETTY sketchy. but the musc makes up for it with ease.

Learn how to play guitar, and listen again.
lol. Funny man.
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