Kingdom of Sorrow is the side
project of Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta and Crowbar/Down's Kirk Windstein. On the
band's second album, "Behind the Blackest Tears," the mighty duo mixes the
right amount of aggressive hardcore with the downtuned atmosphere of sludge
"Behind The Blackest Tears" has the sound they achieved on their
first record, but KOS injects some new elements and dimensions into its
trademark sound. Jamey's vocals are infused with a bit more soulful energy
than the shout-vocals he uses in Hatebreed. And Kirk's distinctive raspy
vocals and tuneful guitar encapsulate what this project does best.
The 12 tracks are powerful-yet-melodic and vary in aggression. Opener "Enlightened
to Extinction" gives you a good example of whatís in store. The riffs, mixed
vocals and choruses are just monstorous. The Corrosion of Conformity-styled
"God's Law in the Devil's Land" is what KOS does best. "From Heroes To Dust"
is something you'd never hear on a Hatebreed album but is very welcomed here.
The emotional melodic vocals are mixed with Kirk's sludgy riffs. "Sleeping
Beast" is the fastest-paced song of them all, and "Salvation Denied" is a
rousing pit-clammering closing to the album.
What Jamey does in Hatebreed, by hardcore standards, is, of course, great.
But what he displays in KOS pushes his potential further. That and Kirk's
riff brilliance make "Behind the Blackest Tears" a keeper.