Although they are now no longer an active band, despite reuniting this year for a couple of special 'once of' shows, Resist The Thought (formed in 2007) are a band that made their name known amongst the death metal/deathcore scene of Australia, supporting international acts such as Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish and the The Acacia Strain on multiple Australian tours. In 2012 the band traveled to the United States to record their sophomore album Sovereignty with reputed producer Dan Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom).
Sovereignty is a barrage of fast metal-riffs, breakdowns and powerful vocals. While only a short album clocking in barely over 30 minutes it leaves very little to be desired. Upon hearing the album one will notice that the production is far superior to their debut release Damnation, the guitar tone is much clearer and the drums sound faster and far more natural. The vocals retain their unique raspy inhale sound but at the same time have improved on all fronts, the clarity and pronunciation are much better that Damnation, and the vocalist (Rhys Giles) rarely sounds like he's out of breath, which was an often occurrence on the previous album. The bass is inaudible, but that is something that most of us have grown used to.
Sovereignty begins with 'Legion', 'Pledge of Aversion' and 'Extermination.' All three of which contain the merits that were previously mentioned, 'Legion' is one of the longer tracks on the album yet doesn't let up in speed whatsoever. 'Pledge of Aversion' follows a similar route with the exception of an included guest vocalist Eddie Hermida of (at the time) All Shall Perish but now frontman of Suicide Silence, his vocals add nice contrast. 'Extermination' is one of the weaker songs on the album, not because it is a bad song, it merely lacks what nearly all the others have and opts to follow a more 'chuggy' route.
After listening to their previous album Damnation and then this, I can hear so much progression and a band who had truly evolved into a serious contender as a standout in not only the Aussie metal scene, but Worldwide. I would have loved to have seen these guys head over to Europe and America, touring and showing everyone just how brutal and talented they are. Another thing I noticed on this album which really impressed me was the guitar solos and how well they are executed. Chris 'CJ' McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder) features on a track called 'Resurrect The Reaper' which was released in 2011 and included a video which was very well received and has had over 150,000 views on YouTube. This has to be one of my personal favourite Resist The Thought tracks, the mixture of CJ and Rhys as vocalists just creates this beast and heaviness that punches you in the face. Take that and when you add the blast beats, breakdowns and shredding guitars you then have one very brutal recipe and a finished product that will satisfy those ear drums of yours.
Up comes the title track 'Sovereignty' and it truly epitomizes what makes this album so great. It begins fast, the fastest song on the album actually and does not let up. From a lyrical standpoint it is also their best, with lines such as "Unhallowed rulers of society, faceless fiends leading us blindly into slavery!" surely to be remembered by listeners. The song also contains one of the best and most unexpected guitar solos, with an absence of an obvious breakdown, this is truly a shining song.
While Resist the Thought followed largely in the footsteps of All Shall Perish, they bring their own uniqueness to the table, the songs tend to bleed together but they don't ever come across as repetitive. Though short, the album is consistent throughout leaving you satisfied, and will no doubt still be left in CD players and on iTunes and Spotify playlists now and for many years to come.
8 out of 10 stars.