Local Reviews: Separation of Self

Local Music Reviews

Separation of Self
Evo Entertainment
Street: 10.05.07
Separation of Self = Killswitch Engage + As I Lay Dying + All That Remains
Separation of Self fit right in with the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, a scene that is huge not only in the U.S. but all over the world. Resolve is one of those albums that like the style or not you cannot deny that the band is extremely good at what they do. At first I was turned off by the style of the band, but now it’s caught on in my head and I find myself singing along to some of the ultra-catchy choruses. So what if they don’t really offer much as far as ingenuity goes with Resolve. It’s a hell of a lot better stylistically than their debut Caldera, which was more seated in hardcore with lots of those moshcore breakdowns. Resolve has some truly talented musicianship in the band’s creation of riffs and much better breakdowns than were displayed on their debut, and hell, do not forget the melodic guitar work. Separation of Self is a band just waiting to be discovered. I’d much rather listen to this album than what Killswitch Engage or All That Remains have put out lately. It’s catchy, it’s heavy, and just a well played, produced and arranged album. It’s no wonder the guys have created a big following in Utah.