Confide - Shout The Truth
Record Label: Science Records
Release Date: June 17, 2008
When I first stumbled across this California-residing, V-neck and vest combo sportin’, tight pants wearin’ metalcore outfit called Confide, I was not impressed. They just seemed like another band that was contributing to the white noise that has become this scene we are all apart of. I really did not give them a shot. But one day, I sat down and listened. I don’t like to judge an album without listening to the whole thing (though I will admit of having a tendency to do so). When I was done, I listened to it again. I was immediately struck by the vocals. The desperate tones of the native English lead vocalist brought to mind that of Oh, Sleeper or even the passion of Life In Your Way. I, being the sucker for passionate vocals that I am, needed to hear more. This led to my diving into Shout The Truth, and discovering an above average album
The album wastes no time packing a punch. “Milestone” opens with the desperate calls of Ross asking “Why is the name of God on my lips?” This and other tracks reveal their depression for the love of God, and do not hold back lyrically on this record. All the while, they also know how to create a good dance groove for those who get down to Misery Signals or Oh, Sleeper. After the opener, they move just as fast into “Can’t See The Forest For The Trees” with the unrelenting chorus breakdown being one of the best on the record.
The next couple tracks move along seamlessly, bringing the same amount of punch as the rest of the album. It is not until the single “If We Were A Sinking Ship” that I was struck. The song starts off with soft guitars and spoken words and then brings you to the best chorus on the album that says, “I’ll be the words when you are silent/I am the comfort when you’re gone/I am the thoughts behind your action/I’m on the edge of your last breath”. This also repeats over the final breakdown that hits harder than anything else on the record and makes for an appropriate single.
This transitions to the interlude “00:00,” which signals the second half of the record. After that the next track that hit me the hardest on Truth was “Vultures Among The Dead”. This song starts out and really brings out the best of both worlds perfectly. They use the melodic side with as much ease as their breakdowns. The next two tracks are in the the same vein of the rest of the record, teetering between the glossy soundscapes and the breakdown and bark of what you have come to expect.
Confide has a solid record with Shout The Truth. Though you might have heard everything they have done before, consider this, the last track is a round of the five members singing worshipful lyrics. It really made me step back and realize that regardless of how much I might have overlooked this record come the music standpoint, it appears that this record was not made to impress anyone but the one they are singing too.