Nothing'll get you more hyped up than some properly executed electronic rock. Editors bring an anthemic presence in Violence to offer up just that, combining huge synths, sweet soundscapes, and grand vocals to make for an epic, energetic album.
Violence has a very diverse sound, constantly changing things up from song to song. It starts with 'Cold,' kicking things off on an anthemic note. The build is nice and not rushed, allowing the song to grow at the right pace in just the right way. Following 'Cold' is 'Hallelujah (So Low),' a giant track with big blaring synths during the choruses that add a huge element to the song. The darker, more grand title track 'Violence' follows up to keep the album going strong.
Not all of Violence is massive, but all of it is carefully crafted. Editors take the time to experiment and try new things throughout the album, employing such elements as groove into 'Nothingness.' 'No Sounds But The Wind' is as barren as the title implies, the vocals sounding aged, reflecting on a lifetime of mistakes, almost like Johnny Cash's version of 'Hurt.' Closing track 'Belong' is a slow burner, building dramatically and darkly, sounding almost like a warning as it takes the album out on a tense note. It's not as loud and upfront as songs like 'Magazine,' but it captures the powerful sound of the album all the same.
Editors bring an anthemic presence with Violence, building epic sounds and dramatic, dark sounds all the same to make for a giant album. Whether Editors channel a dark sound or a more anthemic one, Violence has a lot of power packed into it from start to finish.
Favorite Tracks: Hallelujah (So Low), No Sound But The Wind, Violence
Least Favorite Track: Darkness At The Door
Rating: 75 / 100
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