Album Review: The Requiem – A Cure To Poison The World

4/5

Valentine’s Day may already be over for this year, but for those looking for a frenetic, moody, and lovesick album to get you through the heartache and disgust of the holiday, look no further than The Requiem’s excellent debut album A Cure To Poison The World. Originally formed under the name L’exquisite Douleour, The Requiem offers an incredibly fierce and updated rendition of post-hardcore and emo from the two-thousands. While the sound of the band isn’t something particularly new, that isn’t at all a bad thing. Rather, they take all the best aspects of the genres and create a sound as fresh and as cohesive as all the classics of said genres. Even if the band is building the sound off of a template of sorts, it is still highly impressive how cohesive their sound is.

The album kicks down the door with “This Is How The World Ends”, an energetic, angst-ridden, post-hardcore rager. Vocalist Damien Douleur screams and croons over a barrage of melodic punk riffs and intense guitar leads. The track feels like something that would be right at home on an album such as Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (in the absolute best way possible). The band keeps the momentum going with “An Elegy Written On Porcelain Arms”. A recollection of a dying romance, “Chemicals / Keep on flowing through your porcelain arms / Watch the light inside you fade away / As you decay / And leave me here to wait forever” Douleur sings over the chorus. The following track “Less Than Zero” is another stellar example of the incredible guitar work across the album courtesy of guitarist Felipe Silva Jiron, melodies fly in and out throughout the track. Behind the riffs, bassist Salem Vex crawls up and down his instrument with his slinky-sounding bass lines.

“I’ll Be Late For My Funeral” is a massive standout on the album. The track is an emo anthem in every sense of the phrase. Douleur’s lyrics provide the perfect sing-along chorus, and he really puts everything into his vocal performance on the track. “Cursed” provides a great change of pace by slowing things down a bit, the clean guitar passages in the verse allow for the other instruments and vocals to shine through more. “Two Lovers Left Alive” further mixes things up with the track being a soft acoustic ballad. The track contains arguably Douleur’s most unique and tender vocal performance across the whole album. The rest of the album is more or less business as usual but is still very strong nevertheless. “The Difference Between You & Me Is That I Get The Last Laugh” is a rather straightforward emo track, not as explosive as other songs on the album, but still very good. The album closes with “Before I Go…”, a slow and atmospheric track that boasts a tasteful mixture of distorted and acoustic guitar passages, the track reaches a crescendo at the bridge with a great guitar solo that carries the song to its end.

With A Cure To Poison The World, The Requiem find themselves to be an extremely promising band with so much potential. The music on display serves as a reminder of why this genre of music is so beloved by fans across the world. Cheers to The Requiem and what they do next. Grab a box of clearance Valentine’s Day chocolate and play it loud.

A Cure To Poison The World is out now via Fearless Records. All information relating to the band can be found here

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