Not wasting any time with melting your face off, Long Island, New York’s own Year Of The Locust is here with their crushing new album titled Devolver. This album combines heavy guitars, killer drums, exciting vocals, and the right music production to make every song shine on its own. If you are a fan of heavy music in general, do not pass this album up.
Opening with the title track ”Devolver”, Year Of The Locust harnesses their inner Shinedown and Godsmack influences, and turns it up to eleven. An obvious choice for a single “Devolver” is a track that feels as if every instrument is trying to be louder than the others, and where many songs would fail for this, this one benefits from the struggle. This is going on my workout mix, along with my drinking mix.
The albums current single titled “Rise Up” is exactly as expected, a fast paced aggressive musical anthem meant to move you, and in that it succeeds completely. If you take a moment to single out a specific guitar track, or drum track, you will see just how tight this band is. Playing in the same metal sandbox as the original Three Days Grace and Alice In Chains lineups, Year Of The Locust is set to prove that heavy emotionally charged music is not going anywhere anytime soon.
One of my personal favorites is titled “Broken Now”. A track that doesn’t hang out in the metaphorical pool, but instead says it all straight and to the point, “Broken Now” is a beautifully aggressive song with a serious message. Much like the rest of the album, this track doesn’t turn the volume down at all, but instead lifts off into a truly chugging-gritty mashup of distorted guitars, obliterated drums and, thankfully, clean and easy to decipher vocals. I hit repeat immediately after the first listen, and turned it up even louder.
I could easily have talked about this entire album, but I think the music speaks for itself here. In an industry choked with musicians setting the bar high, and even more failing to reach it at all, it is great whenever I hear a band that obviously accepts the challenge, and for the very talented Year Of The Locust, they have not only met the challenge, but they raised the bar once again.