Chiodos’ Iluminaudio shines with new vocalist
January 24, 2011 • Blaine Piering
Filed under Entertainment
So, this is a bit late and I must admit it’s my fault this little gem slipped under my radar. The latest release by Chiodos labeled “Illuminaudio” is their first release since they let go of their lead vocalist Craig Owens (now doing his own project) for Brandon Bolmer (previously of Yesterdays Rising). This album is definitely one the better albums of 2010. I have a slight regret for not covering this sooner and giving credit closer to the release date. The album starts off with “Illmuninaudio,” a self-titled track, which unlike the previously reviewed “Escape the Fate” actually makes a nice intro and fits the band very well and all-in-all compliments the entire album.
At first I was a little weary of what the new singer would sound like with Chiodos’s unique sound. Good bands have been ruined with the addition of a new front man. But Bolmer fits extremely well with the sound and his lyrics don’t change Chiodos’s sound. He brings freshness with his vocals. (If they sounded exactly the same then there’s a problem) The next song is called “Caves.” The lyrics are daring, and for the first time, you hear how Bolmer’s voice fits with the music. The band didn’t mold itself to fit his voice but he molded his voice to fit theirs.
This is clearly evident in the songs “Love Is a Cat from Hell” and “Stratovolcano Mouth.” The first being because coupled with Vic Fuentes (of Pierce the Veil) vocals, it sounds a lot like previous albums with a bolder, stronger twist to it. The latter because the music was recorded before the addition of Bolmer and he had to adapt his lyrics to fit the music, which he does masterfully. Throughout the album you get a kind of refreshed feel, akin to the feeling of checking facebook multiple times before an actual new status appears. But this is a status I’m more than content with reading multiple times. And I’m really looking forward to more music from this revamped Chiodos.
However, there are a few instances where it’s hard to tell when one song begins and the other ends. Somewhere in the middle of the album, it sounds like one long song and this goes on for about three songs. But even at that, it’s not a serious flaw and there had to be at least one. If this is all then I’m more than happy with the album. I give it a 9 of out 10 in my book.
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