Mud Bog | Cary, NC United States | 02/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Or so it was to be for Raleigh, NC's CONFESSOR. They were influenced by the doom metal stylings of Black Sabbath and Trouble but utilizing constantly changing riffs, chugging melody and odd timesignatures. The five piece emerged in 1985 and with the addition of Steve Shelton on drums, the band found a unique sound. Confessor released 3 major demos and in 1990, they inked a deal with Earache Records, at the time, one of the big underground labels. They recorded, Condemned, their debut. I'll break it down here:
ALONE-Great opener. Vocals will take you but surprise. but I like 'em. 5/5
PREPARE YOURSELF- This is probably my favorite song on the cd. The drumbeat has groove to it but is very metal. 6/5
COLLAPSE (IN TO DESPAIR)- ANother great song. WHat more can I say. 5/5
DEFINING HAPPINESS- My other favorite on the album. The riff is sooooo heavy. I like the changes between slow and med. fast parts. 6/5
UNCONTROLLED-This is my least favorite song on the album. IT's STILL better than anything you've probably listened to in forever. 4/5
CONDEMNED- I saw him play this drumbeat BACKWARDS at the benefit for Ivan (dead guitarist) show. Forwards, this is one of the most confusing drumbeats. Sheltons signature style. 5/5
EVE OF SALVATION- GReat melody. Med. pace song 5/5
THE STAIN- ANOTHER great song. 5/5
SUFFER- GREAT CLOSER. the opening has Scott's scream which sets in shortly after get go. Depressing and powerful. 5/5The album overall, I give a 6(66) out of 5 for it's awesomeness and pure originality. As it is out of print, you will be hard pressed to find it for the time being. After a tour of Europe, on the Gods of Grind tour and the release of the Confessor EP (title track for Condmened, 2 Trouble covers and demo for Collapse...), the band began work on their second album. THey had become metal underground giants and were quickly rising in fame and even touted as the NEXT METALLICA!!! Unfortunatley the band fell apart, with Scott Jefferys leaving and bassist Cary Rowells formed Fly Machine with Shelton. Confessor disbanded in 1995. Early 2002 brought the death for guitarist Ivan Colon. The band reunited with original guitarist Graham Fry (who left just prior to the recording of the album) and now is staging a comeback. Earache is even supposed to rerelease the album and the EP with bonus tracks. Regardless, get this cd..."
A great listen, even after 14 years
Kujo | Ontario | 04/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've read the reviews and I have to disagree with the guys who said that Scott Jefferys was a poor choice. First of all, it was not a "choice", Scott was one of the original members and the band first started when they were in high school. So they are friends, not just band mates. Secondly, I think Scott adds a nice change to the genre (if you can place Confessor in a genre). I can go out and buy a whole slew of 'technical' bands and get the same effect...a bunch a dillweeds screaming into the mic with absolutely no harmony or talent for that matter. Scott brings more than just harmony (though I agree it is three toned), he brings emotion to the music. All of the members do. And yes...if you love drumming, you're gonna be blown away by Shelton. And yes, they were, and still are revolutionary. Thought I'd point out that they have joined together again and have produced an EP for their upcoming album later this year. I'll be reserving my copy fore sure!!! 14 years is too long to wait between albums!"
Remember the Fallout Shelter!
JDW | Northwest | 05/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This band kicks ass! I saw them a bunch of times back in the early 90's. It is definitely worth it to pick up this album. They Were truly one of the all time great underground bands. My old tapes of them wore out a long time ago, so if they do re-release their demos I'll be getting two!
11 out of 10!!"