After a year of waiting, JOY‘s newest release “No Light Below” is finally here. My initial thoughts were “Holy heck, this album is really good.” Andrew seems to have really grown as a vocalist from their last album. “Of Nothing” was great but Andrew’s vocals feel much stronger and his lows feel much heavier. Usually for me, the heaviest isn’t heavy enough but he really knocked it out of the park with this one. Equally as impressive was the riffage that takes place in these songs. Halston and Allen do a great job of making their riffs feel like the hardcore we all know and love but still very original and fresh. There were licks on this album that literally gave me goosebumps (See “Bleak Home” 1:35 in to the song). Last but certainly not least is drums. Anybody who thinks what’s going on in these tracks is easy or isn’t impressive has probably only ever played drums on Rock Band and can kick rocks. Drummer, Kody, showed his chops on the last album and solidified his prominence as a rhythmic master on “No Light Below“. After listening to nothing but this album on repeat for the past week, I was very wrong about the album being just “good”. Aside from all the things aforementioned, I have officially determined it is 100 times more amazing than my wildest dreams. I could have waited another thousand years and been completely satisfied. This album is great for working out at the gym. It’s great for the drive home after a long day of dealing with idiots at work. It’s great for opening up a pit at your local Denny’s. I want this album played at my wedding and my funeral. Inject this album into my veins. JOY is the kind of heavy I can not get enough of and this album will probably be in my daily rotation indefinitely.
You can stream No Light Below Spotify and Apple Music. Pre-Orders for physical copies and vinyl, coming soon!
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/j-o-y/1441679945