Iowa metal band Too To Pure To Die seems to be getting quite a bit of press this year from sources as diverse as Alternative Press, Revolver, and Kerrang! Even more attention is being given to their upcoming Trustkill Records debut, 'Confess' (January 13, 2008). From the hype, you would think Too Pure To Die was the next big thing in the world of American metal. Honestly, I don't get it. Sure, 'Confess' is being produced by two metal/hard core heavyweights, Zeuss (Throwdown, Shadows Fall) and Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), but that doesn't mean squat if you can't deliver the musical goods.
Too Pure To Die's 'Confess' is basically deriative American metalcore: heavy riffs, the usual breakdowns, raw dirty vocals with some clean mixed in, angst-ridden 'the world sucks and so do you' lyrics (at least from what I could understand), little harmony or melody, and as usual no guitar solos. Well, there was one on the only exceptional song on the album, 'One True Thing.' Frankly, on this song TPTD nails good melodic heavy metal, and it seems so natural for them. They could have pursued more of this, but then they probably would have been run out of town by the true 'keep it real' metalcore fans.
TPTD should take a lesson from their American metal peers like Atreyu, Trivium, or Avenged Sevenfold. You don't have to follow the mainstream; you can do something extraordinary and creative, melodic and magnificent. Unfortunately, I think Too Pure To Die is going to be another unnoticed victim of an overpopulated genre whose time has come. Recommended to fans of the band or metalcore purists.
- Craig Hartranft
Too Pure To Die's 'Confess' is basically deriative American metalcore. Unfortunately, I think Too Pure To Die is going to be another unnoticed victim of an overpopulated genre whose time has come.
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