WE CONFESS, WE LIKE THE CONFESSION: Requiem offers up Bon Jovi by way of Iron Maiden
The Confession’s latest release, Requiem, is the guilty pleasure album of the summer, as undeniably infectious as it is silly. It was produced by Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows, so it’s little wonder that it bears more than a passing resemblance to that SoCal act; like A7X, The Confession mix hair metal’s arena rock sensibilities with British New Wave-inspired shredding.
That’s not to say they’re as good as A7X; they’re not. Taylor Holland Armstrong’s vocals are more generic, guitaristsand ‘s tag-team guitar heroics not quite so impressive; if Avenged Sevenfold come off like some strange GN’R-Metallica-Maiden hybrid, then The Confession are maybe best described as the love child of Maiden and Bon Jovi.
Yeah, Requiem is cheesy as hell, with its power ballads and almost too-sincere delivery; it’s also perfect party music, a true throwback to a time when rockstars were ROCKSTARS, not the schmucks from Nickelback. I imagine this album will be a love it or hate it affair, and in a year, The Confession will either be every bit as annoyingly popular as Hinder or a punchline like the Beautiful Creatures. Give it a spin and decide for yourself.
(three and a half out of five horns)
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