Gideon’s Calloused comes after an excellent sophomore record. This is one of the most anticipated albums in 2014. Will the album live up to the hype?
Calloused is the first single and track. It has the gritty sound with more technical instrumentation. Savage has different guitar tones and vocals. There is a mixture of metal and punk influences. Survive is the second single. This one of the heavier songs and has guest vocals from Caleb Shomo of Beartooth. There are clean vocals in one of the verses. Expose is one of the faster songs. There is a cool drum solo at the beginning. World of Hurt has an extremely heavy introduction then goes into screaming. You can hear the desperation and longing for more in the vocals. The Limit has a smooth and reflective introduction then quickly turns into a raucous roar. The clean and scream vocals work really well. The Pulse helps the listener take a breath and slow down. It is a peaceful instrumental song. Prison Eyes continues where The Limit left with a twist. The clean vocals are really good. There is a creepy, eerie element that brings out the theme. Momentum starts with clean vocals then goes into screaming. This song is filled with religious undertones. The breakdown is unique because it starts and stops numerous times. Drifter finishes this record on a solid note. The guitar is awesome with different tones, breakdowns, and record scratching.
The lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation are well done. There are themes of resilience, always have a home, growing closer to God, living in a world of pain, and growing as a person. The vocals have a balance different than Milestone and Costs. The clean and guest vocals are an added bonus. The instrumentation is heavier and more technical. There are plenty of breakdowns that aren’t overdone. The different instrumental tones sets this record apart.
Survive is my favorite song. I like the lyrical content and instrumentation.
I would rate this record a 4.25 out of 5. This album lives up to the hype.