Album Review – Poured Out, "To The Point Of Death" (October 21, 2016)
Overall, To the Point of Death is not an easy album to appraise; it’s 40 minutes of chaos with no focal point, a 13-part tribute to noise, an energy with no obvious plan. Each track, each stanza even, progresses without apparent concern for the prior or those to follow. In this way, the release imposes a sense of immediacy upon the listener, a commitment to nothing more than the note at hand. The album is, however, a commitment to form. Poured Out have chosen to embrace the spotlight by humbly providing more of the same, a move that will satisfy both budding fans and their parent label for the present. While there is certainly room for improvement in the areas of diversity, creativity, and song structure, it is unreasonable to fault a young band for building a foundation before reaching for the stars.
Lyrically, To the Point of Death is surprisingly uplifting, considering the vocal delivery of its message. For instance, on “Apathy | Nothing,” Randy Lyvers screams, “We always want to be strong, but there’s strength in feeling weak / You’re never too lost to be found / Don’t give up now / Pull through before you hit the ground.” The album is also expressively Christ-centered, which is apparent on “Remember Me,” “A man torn apart, a man betrayed, a man who came to save us from our dismay / King of kings, remember me“. Lyrics such as these are something to be appreciated and all too rare within hardcore music.
All in all, for those who enjoyed Blind Heart, To the Point of Death is a worthwhile listen. If you’re looking for the easiest way by which to enter, “Fear Tactics” would be this writer’s song of choice, as it is holds instances of melody that are well-integrated and welcome within the sonic turbulence. – Review date: 10/19/16, written by Jeremy Barnes