I've waited over a year for this album, but does it deliver?
I first listened to Stain The Canvas' music just over a year ago when they reached out to share their debut single 'Like A God', which blew me away so much that despite the fact the site was down, I just had to post it on Facebook. They then continued the trend of impressing me with their second release, which became our first ever Track of the Week: 'Anima'.
Stain The Canvas then dropped 'Unknown' and 'Hell Made Me' in the lead up to the God Made Hell, but the tunes managed to slip past me when they were released, which I'm not minding since I now have an almost full album to discover and enjoy, and enjoy I am.
It feels like Stain The Canvas are trying to bring Emo back with God Made Hell and it's a move that works in my books, Metalcore has always had a bit of an Emotional side (the best music always does) and it comes out so clear here and adds some extra depth that wasn't needed to the music, but is appreciated.
Even after multiple listens it is hard to imagine that this record is a debut, but it is and this relatively young Metalcore band out of Milan have made it sound easy; want proof? Then check out the tracks: 'Fear From Nowhere', a high tempo 'Core tune that leaves you with a real sense of foreboding from both lyrics and sound.
While 'Hell Made Me' has the energy already of a crowd favourite, a song that the fans will go mental for during a gig, and proceed to blow the roof off. And to prove that they are not just a one trick pony, Stain The Canvas included the amazingly haunting 'Redemption', musically you would think it is out of place on God Made Hell with its first part being extremely chilled, but listen to its content and you know it fits in perfectly, the ideal way to end the record.
It's because of albums like God Made Hell that allow me to love doing this. These Italian kids out of Milan, have taken a current musical style (Metalcore), that is slowly becoming over populated with so many different bands sounding similar, and injected it with an older technique's (Emo) lyrical content to create their own niche. I know a lot of bands try to do this with varying success, but Stain The Canvas have made it look easy with God Made Hell.
This is an album for Metalcore fans looking for something a little different, and the old and new school Emo kids waiting to make a come back.
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