The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Aug 19, 2014
    90
    Every aspect of The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways coming across bigger, harder and just more than their full-length debut, 2012's The Fallout.
  2. Kerrang!
    Aug 19, 2014
    80
    A fine album--big ideas perfectly executed. [2 Aug 2014, p.53]
  3. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    As flashy as ever, the band have shaped their jumble of ideas into a more coherent, if eccentric whole.
  4. Aug 19, 2014
    70
    This theatricality is easily the album's most engaging feature, making The Resistance: Rise of the Runaway a unique offering in an otherwise dull post-hardcore landscape.
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  1. Nov 4, 2015
    8
    A pretty big step forward from their previous work. The band has delivered a polished and exciting concept album. All of their parts comeA pretty big step forward from their previous work. The band has delivered a polished and exciting concept album. All of their parts come together to form a more cohesive whole than what we have seen from them before. The band is still at their best when they are at their heaviest, so some slower tracks at the beginning of the album do diminish some of the initial excitement, but by the time the album draws to a close it's hard to not want more of the raw energy the bring during the second half.

    That's not to say the album's slower tracks are bad. It's just that songs like "Millennia," while good, ultimately don't do much to separate them from the post-hardcore/metalcore pack. The emotions are solid throughout, but the energy is kind of lacking. However once we hit track six the real power of the album becomes noticeable.

    The unclean vocals really shine and the instrumentals lead to some really aggressive feeling metal. The clean vocals, which honestly don't do much for me with this band, finally come together and are great backup for the otherwise complete heaviness of the later tracks.

    While not perfect Crown the Empire has delivered their best work yet. Some pop rock elements are still noticeable and still aren't as interesting as the band's heavier material, but they are more polished and more enjoyable as a result. It's a pretty huge step forward and an all around great album.

    I give it an 8.4/10.
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