Imitation is the purest form of flattery, or so they say. If that’s true, judging by the contents of Earth Crisis’ new album, Salvation of Innocents, then the only people who might be flattered are now-defunct Seattle metalheads Himsa, though they definitely shouldn’t be.

The only real difference between the two bands is that Karl Buechner sings at various times during Salvation of Innocents. That’s it. Every single one of these songs could be a Himsa outtake, some (“Out of the Cages”) more than others.

What happened? Earth Crisis used to be innovative, leaders of the more-hardcore-than-metalcore pack. After listening to this record, which is a chore, it seems that they have been writing hardcore songs for the radio. We already have bands that do this … and do it better, as a matter of fact. The first name that comes to mind is Hatebreed, and they at least have interesting arrangements some of the time.

I get that there’s a legacy type mindset here and that Earth Crisis may yet still have something to say after all this time. I would rather have a new Freya record than this. Hell, give us some more Path of Resistance jams so we can wash this record from our memory.

 Salvation of Innocents is out now on Candlelight Records.

Rating: 1.5/5