Being perfectly honest, 2018 was a bad year for deathcore, at least for me. I can’t really think of any releases that stood out to me. That being said, 2019 is looking to be the exact opposite. Starting off the year is the return of I Killed Everyone, their first album since 2013. There’s a lot of pressure on this album to live up to fan expectations, and without a doubt, this album exceeds them. “Blight” is the first song, and starts things off right. The slow, dark atmosphere the permeates the entire release shows itself immediately, and it isn’t long before the aural assault begins. The riffs are tight, and the vocals are awesome. Cody Harmon is absolutely disgusting not just on this song, but on the whole album. However everyone else should not be ignored. Throughout “Nameless” and “Crown of Tempests”, the riffs provided by Bill William and Zach Buckus, as well as the rhythmic backbone provided by bassist Brian Boyd and drummer Tom Salazar all pull their weight. No member feels wasted.
“Hateful Verse” and “Lamenting Hymns” are up next, and are textbook old school deathcore. The riffs chugs that were prominent in the MySpace days are here, however they don’t feel dated in the slightest. I Killed Everyone manage to bring back old conventions, and make them feel like a product of today, and goddamn it’s great. “Dread” is a faster paced song that continues to be as pummeling as previous ones, continuing the momentum that feels like a freight train going full speed ahead. “Carved” is a much slower song, but one that is able to keep the momentum going with sheer brutality. This is a heavy one, with an extremely solid breakdown.
“House of Exile” is next, and is an extremely dark song. The atmosphere is suffocating, and the main riff is another solid one. “Deathsinger” ends this release, and does so on a high note. This song starts off with a melodic guitar, that launches into one of the heaviest sections on the whole album. The vocals here are especially crazy, and deserve special praise. The tone here is very dark, not ending the album on a happy note, but definitely a high one. This is a damn solid album. I Killed Everyone want everyone to know that deathcore is alive and well, and they fully demonstrate that want on every song of this album.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Sam Hookom