Justin Norman of The Confession

Call it natural selection, but in an era where so many of rock's ambassadors have become faceless nice guys with nothing to say, it's time a new breed of band rose up to restore some of the real danger, fire and energy to rock & roll. With their Science Records debut album, Requiem, California quintet the Confession have loudly jumped to the front of that new breed, and they're here to recruit anyone else who's up for the big takeover.

Produced by Avenged Sevenfold frontman and longtime band friend M. Shadows, Requiem delivers a much-needed adrenaline plunger to rock's flagging heart, its 11 tunes packed with blistering twin-guitar harmonies, watch-precise bass and kick-pedal action, and some of the most badass vocal chops in contemporary rock & roll. Songs such as "Jealousy," "Dance With the Devil" and the whiplash-inducing first single, "Burn the Virgin," showcase the Orange County quintet's union of European thrash-metal ferocity and Sunset Strip-style hard-rock swagger, while others-such as the lush, acoustic-guitar-driven title track-prove the Confession are as diverse as they are fluid. Never mind that the band members count Velvet Revolver, the Doors, In Flames and Children of Bodom as equal inspirations: When these influences collide throughout Requiem, the effect is as seamless as it is distinctive. That Requiem also marks the Confession's first time in a "real" studio setting (the band's only other release to date is a hastily recorded self-titled 2005 EP) suggests that lesser groups should consider the bar sufficiently raised.

In retrospect, it's not surprising that the Confession's musical formula gelled so quickly. Formed in 2005, while most of the members were still in high school; signed before they'd even had a chance to cut their teeth on the road; and immediately afterward thrown into the fire of national touring (via well-received 2006 stints on both Taste of Chaos and Warped Tour), the quintet didn't have any other choice but to gel. [ more ]

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