Back at it , deathcore crew Winds of Plague--who are playing the Revolver Golden Gods Pre-Party in their hometown of Los Angeles tonight--have released their fourth album, Against the World, which is their most progressive and mature to date. As with their previous records, the band still uses its eerie symphonic elements, but they have scaled them back here. Instead they've found other ways to build up to their heavy breakdowns. The first song, "'Raise the Dead" begins with a haunting chant of little girl voices, as if coming from a haunted house. In their ode to their home state, "California" they flirt with hip hop in a chant that will make the perfect soundtrack to a circle pit. "Built for War" has a medieval-inspired intro that sends chills up the spine before diving into crushing guitar and drums. But more traditional hardcore influences show up as well. The guest vocals by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta on "Built for War" provide it with a brutal ending that leaves the listener wanting more. And the sludgy chug! chug! chug! of "Most Hated" sets the tone for this hardcore sing-along anthem. On the whole, Winds of Plague have grown as a unit in the time that they wrote Against the World, and now they sound ready to actually take on the world. VALERIE FOLEY
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