"Year of Confession" (Self-produced; 2007)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I thought Year of Confession’s three song demo was going to be in the vein of "tough guy hardcore." "Tough guy hardcore" was a phrase I learned early in my tenure at Rough Edge as I was exploring every form of heavy and aggressive music, but ultimately it was a genre that I could never fully appreciate.

So much for my first impressions of Year of Confession as a result of a few images of the band. In reality, Year of Confession plays a stripped down version of American metalcore not unlike a simpler version of Killswitch Engage. By this I mean there’s heaviness and riffs a plenty, but less melodic infusion throughout the tracks.

The final result is a dynamic and pounding but still likeable version of metalcore that carefully treads Americanized metalcore and sounds familiar but yet not too derivative.

There’s a ready made audience for the style of music that Year of Confession – it’s up to Year of Confession to continue to engage the fans of that like this style.

This “Year of Confession” demo was produced by Year of Confession and recorded, mixed, and engineered by Dan Barton. The “Year of Confession” demo was recorded at On Point Studios.

Year of Confession is John Alaia on vocals, Dan Buckley on guitar, Joe Micolo on bass, and Brian Calhoun on drums.

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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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