- reviewed by Andrea Dawn Goforth Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Aug
- Titanomachy—The Beginning
- Hephaestus—The Hammer of the Gods
- Aphrodite—The Disillusionaire
- Achilles—The Backbreaker
- Prometheus—The Fires Of Deliverance
- Cerberus—The Hellhound Awaits
- Odysseus—A Son of Hope
- Aries—I Am Vengeance
- Infernus—You Will Move
- Nemesis—Give Us this Day
- Medea—One Foot In Hell
"With this album, there is no question… we committed to heavy metal." That's how David Bunton, lead singer of The Showdown, described the making of the band's new album
Moreover, The Showdown seems to have finally found their niche with
The guitar work ranges from thrashy chugging riffs to excellent '80s styled solos, like in "Odyseus – Son of Hope". Vocally, they cover a lot of ground too, from chops reminiscent of Phil Anselmo (Pantera), to earth-shakingly low growls, not to mention powerful gang vocals that make tracks like "Achellis – The Back Breaker" stand out.
While the music is very in-your-face, this is a group of guys who don't take themselves too seriously, giving just a bit of '80s metal satire a la Spinal Tap. For example, at the end of "Aphrodite – The Disillusionaire," the band makes you believe they have ended the song multiple times just to come back in 10 seconds later and slam the real ending.
The group's lyrics poetically cover a broad range of emotions and experiences, like being sucked in by the world ("Achilles – The BackBreaker"), becoming a force against evil ("Infernus – You Will Move"), and dealing with doubt ("Medea – One Foot In Hell"). Ultimately, the album expresses a sense of hope and empowerment, best represented in "Odysseus – A Song of Hope": "We are the deaf, but you will hear us sing again… A song of hope (a song of life)/A song to urge the ill advised."
Although the album does drag a bit through the ending tracks, the music is solid and the band finds balance between embracing their influences and sounding fresh.