Massive guitar riffs, brooding middle sections, layered textures and a wicked groove make this album a must listen for fans of heavy music.
Starting with a punch, the first song, entitled 'This Brutal Embrace', kicks off with an ultra-heavy, but highly memorable riff, before breaking into sinister sounding layered vocals. The mid section drops for a brief respite, before coming back even heavier and stronger. From there it just keeps on building and climbing towards the end.
'For Those Who Waited' is frenetic to say the least. All of the instruments split apart, finding their own space in the song whilst still sounding cohesive, before coming together for blistering sections of pure metal goodness. Vocals are equally frenzied, jumping between clean and throat-ripping, guttural to airy. It's intense, and may take a couple of listens to sink in.
'The Bin' is a slight departure at first, but is still heavy, very moody and atmospheric (think Opeth). Subject matter paints a picture, but it's a picture that's best left uncovered in the song as opposed to writing it out here.
Possibly the heaviest song on the album for it's old-school type appeal, 'Molotov's And Rocks' is balls to the wall metal and is generally a fan favorite.
Invoking the lighter, more experimental side of Shift, 'Away' is the biggest departure for the album, setting up textures and moods, but it's a welcome break after 'Molotov's'.
'Hustling Paradise' brings the album full circle, back to big grooves and big riffs with progressive like mid-sections. The ending of the song turns things up another notch taking the music and the album to a climactic finish.
'Faceless' marks the first in what will be four sets of six songs each, to be released over 18 months, it is a taste of what is to come from a band that is quickly growing an underground following.