This new album has been described as a ‘reimagining’ of the debut, but that’s probably overstating the changes. The only complete overhaul here is The Mortician's Daughter (Overture III), which ditches the acoustic guitars and poetic romance of the 2010 version. It’s transformed instead into a lush, piano-led instrumental packed with resonant strings more in line with Jake’s virtuosic Overture on 2013's Wretched And Divine…
Elsewhere, the songs remain the same but with tweaks and improvements in pretty much every department. The solos blaze brighter and the riffs and rhythms have better flow. Listen to the pneumatic breakdown on Knives And Pens, or the cascade of notes that gives way to the driving riff on Never Give In, and you’ll find tracks that have been transformed without changing their basic structures. Andy’s vocals, meanwhile, are smoother and more consistent without the occasional strained inflection that peppered the original. Some of the more metalcore moments could have stood more focus on the screaming, but that’s a small grumble when the overall result is such a rampantly explosive do-over.
For fans of: Asking Alexandria, W.A.S.P., Marilyn Manson
Re-Stitch These Wounds is released on July 31 – pre-order/pre-save your copy now.