I have always been a fan of Swedish metal, and these guys definitely have it. Confess, formed in Stockholm, Sweden circa 2008, is fronted by vocalist John Elliot. They released a demo in 2009, recorded their debut record Lights Out in 2010 and their sophomore release, The Gin Act, was released in 2011. Confess signed a deal with SG-records and went on to record their first full-length album, Jail. Confess are tighter and heavier than ever and I have not been able to stop listening to this album since I received it. Their previous material was not overly impressive, but I am glad that I didn’t lose hope. They have obviously stepped their game up for this latest release, especially when it comes to production. Of course I will always be a die-hard fan of this 80’s-influenced style of metal and in my opinion, the best music of today is being made outside of the United States. With bands like Confess, Crashdïet, Santa Cruz and Reckless Love, what’s not to love about foreign metal?
Jail is a combination of everything that a metal album should have. An intro that sets the stage for the album, harmonizing vocals, catchy riffs, soulful ballads and just an all around kick in the ass. Production quality is perfect and there is not a single thing that I would wish to change about this album as a whole. Perfectly balanced instruments and vocals on top of an enormous amount of talent. If the majority of these tracks don’t make you feel like you should be slamming into the walls, then there is something wrong with you. It’s hard to not sound redundant on how incredibly amazing each track is so I won’t go into track-by-track detail. Some tracks I would love to mention that are very catchy and easily my favorites aside from the ballads would be Scream and Pay Before I Go. I am a sucker for good power ballads. Take Aim and Got Lucky are definitely now on my list of favorite metal ballads for life. The background vocals on Got Lucky give me goosebumps and the harmonies are just…. heart-melting. I love when a good power ballad is still heavy and kick ass tune. So if that is your kinda of ballad, then give these a shot. There is not a single track on this album that I didn’t enjoy, and how could you not enjoy a metal version of Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It? The new age of metal is here and Confess knows just how to bring it! It feels good to have a new favorite band in my life.
- Pray For The Prey
- Pay Before I Go
- Take Aim
- Setting Sails
- Back To Hell
- Got Lucky
- Cardiac Arrest
- Get Me Down
- Intervention ( Sin & Tonic pt.2)
- What’s Love Got To Do With It