Power of Metal.dk Review

Gift Giver
Style: Tech / Nu Metal
Release date: 27 April, 2015
Playing time: 32:55

Gift Giver is a 2012 Tech/Nu Metal band out of Detroit, Michigan. They’ll be releasing their new album Shitlife on April 27th.

I’ll just get right into this. They have a pretty cool sound that does a fine job of keeping me interested.  They have a very dissonant chaotic sound, but it’s definitely handled and structured with care. The rhythms are just flat out cool and add a lot of flavor to what they’re doing. Their use of electronic sounds is appropriate and really adds to that chaotic sound. Given how everything blends, their use of phrasing combined with their relentless, angst filled rhyme schemes, it’s very apparent that these guys know what they’re doing. The songs themselves, while all fairly consistent stylistically, definitely have a good bit of variety to them.

A problem I find with a lot of metal bands is that their screaming is kind of emotionless and bland. These guys are not victims to this syndrome. There’s a sound that is put behind Justin Johnson’s voice that really gives the music a flare of intensity. I think a lot of that may come from Johnson’s way of occasionally leading his screaming with clean vocals. Doing this adds a lot of dynamic build up that lets the intensity feel like it’s coming from somewhere, rather than being intense all the time. It’s a good effect.

What else can I say? I like this album. It gives me a sense of nostalgia to bands I listened to a few years ago, except with a bit of a twist. These guys are passionately aggressive with their sound, and I can really dig that. If you’re into that modern kind of sound with the dissonant melodies, rhythmically complex chugging, and high/low screaming that is reminiscent of bands like Bring Me the Horizon, then you’ll probably like this band.

02. Trendkill
03. Cursed
04. Bastard
05. Loose Cannon (feat. Frankie Palmeri)
06. Hellhound
07. Grudge
08. Scumbag pt. 2
09. Death Wish (feat. Tyler Dennen)
10. Money $hot
Label: Century Media Records
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 45/100
Reviewed by: James Aaron
Date: 08 April, 2015
Website: www.giftgiverband.com