Light The Torch -- Revival
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Light The TorchRevival

★☆☆☆ Light The Torch (née Devil You Know) take a giant step toward metalcore mediocrity with this, ostensibly now just The Howard Jones Show. There’s almost no perceptible energy on this album whatsoever, and every single three-minute song is probably at least a minute too long.

Devil You Know -- The Beauty of Destruction
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Devil You KnowThe Beauty of Destruction

★★★☆ This isn’t just a simple amalgam of styles that you tend to get with metal supergroups, but an interesting bit of exploration away from their metalcore and thrashy origins. When it works, anyway; sometimes the experiments fall flat. And overall there’s a haunting similarity to the Frankenstein quality I remember hearing on many of the Roadrunner United album.