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Album Review: Feign – The New World Order

Originating from Houston, Texas the downtempo deathcore band Feign has a new album, The New World Order. This is their latest full length album following their 2012 EP, False Hope. Currently the band is made up by vocalist Devin Sockwell and Trevor Phillips on guitar. With the new album the group is working to attract the fans of low guitars, deep growling vocals, and slow-paced music. The New World Order is a ten-track production that is sure to pull in and captivate the enthusiasts of this genre.

‘Hatriotism’ opens the album using a voice track from the film Killing Them Softly. Brad Pitt’s character Jackie Cogan states, My friend, Jefferson’s an American saint because he wrote the words, ’All men are created equal.’ Words he clearly didn’t believe, since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He was a rich wine snob who was sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So yeah, he wrote some lovely words and aroused the rabble, and they went out and died for those words, while he sat back and drank his wine and fucked his slave girl. This guy wants to tell me we’re living in a community. Don’t make me laugh. I’m living in America, and in America, you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business. Now fucking pay me.”  ‘Hatriotism’ is brutal with no holds barred and sets the tone for the album

The song ‘Fall Behind,’ starts off with an eerie guitar leading into some very well executed growls. The drumming sequence lifts the song into another level of production showcasing the abilities of Feign as musicians. There is an accompanying piano piece blended into Sockwell’s growling towards the end of the song.

Title track ‘The New World Order’ is an intense five minute song from beginning to end. It opens with President Bush’s new world order speech from 1991 stating, We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations. A new world order. A world where the rule of law.” It then leads with more sound bytes bringing forward the issues of healthcare, Benghazi, the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, and other global political issues. Eventually Sockwell comes in with a very heavy and aggressive vocal delivery. Peppered throughout the rest of the song are more speech clips, right up to the ending.

‘Decay’ is the ninth song in the album and features a somewhat faster pace considering the rest of the album being downtempo. There’s a guitar solo creating a definite break in the song, which allows the band to bring back the downtempo pace the album is renowned for.

Closing the album is the instrumental piece titled ‘The Less Fortunate’. This track was a surprise as you would not think the same band that just made an entire deathcore downtempo album created this song. It is a light, melodic, almost rock ballad-type ensemble that puts the abilities of Feign in another category. This band has many influences and abilities, as such, they possess the capacity to do whatever they want in the future.

To learn more about this band check them out at:

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Feign Bandcamp

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