"Transition" (Metal Blade)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

"Transition," the second CD from metal vet James Rivera and his Destiny's End stalwarts, isn't necessarily a transition from their debut, but rather continues the Destiny's End sound in a more confident and strident manner. Actually, "Transition" refers to the lyrical concept of the CD thatweaves its way through tales of technology, evolution, and humanity - not quite the most original theme, but it's still done well.

There's nothing radically different from "Breathe Deep The Dark" on 'Transition." My chief complaint about "Breathe Deep The Dark" is a lack of memorable songs. That isn't the case with "Transition" as the songs are definitely more memorable this time around. "The Suffering" and "First You Dream, Then You Die" are two tracks that definitely linger in the brain well after you've heard them. Destiny's End seemingly use a bit of restraint in their songs this time around without losing the momentum that speed metal is famous for.

Rivera's vocals are a little more robust and melodic on "Transition" and this serves the album very well. 

Destiny's End are continuing to carve their own little niche in the speed/power metal style with a little dash of thrash thrown in the mix for good measure. 

"Transition" was produced by Joe Floyd and Destiny's End. 

Destiny's End is James Rivera on vocals, Dan DeLucie and Perry Grayson on guitars, Nardo Andi on bass, and Brian Craig on drums. Former guitarist contributed to the writing of "Transition." Grayson has left the band on good terms and Eric Halpern is in the fold. 

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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