The Struggles of the Earthly Ones - A Victory for Searching Serenity Posted May 03, 2021 By RyanAdams_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need To Know: Searching Serenity's sixth album, The Struggles of The Earthly Ones, is melodic deathcore at its finest. This is also one of several albums from the band now led by one member - Robert Manzone. The thirteen tracks are full of intense death metal music with biblical lyrics.
What It Sounds Like: This melodic deathcore album has what any fan of death metal would want, and more. On the musical side, there is nothing lacking. Maybe because it is a solo project, Robert is able to weave all the pieces together cohesively, which is great. I love his guitar work throughout the record - catchy riffs, a couple fun guitar solos, and crushing breakdowns. The instrumental track halfway through is a wise addition to the album too.
Spiritual Highlights: Every song is based in Scripture and are accompanied by life experiences. The majority of the lyrics deals with condemning ungodly behavior and people. The tone is much like prophetic word found in the Old Testament and echoes in the New Testament. Songs like "The Doubting" and "The Brokenhearted" are different in style with prayerful and personal outcries to God.
Best Song: In "The Doubting," we hear a plea for God to come and remove doubts of His glory in our hearts and minds. Our enemy, satan, is called out as the source of our doubts The lyricism is captivating and relatable plus Robert's vocal range some of the best in this song. Another highlight is "The Brokenhearted" for its similar songwriting, but especially for the guitar work and great solo in it.
Bottom Line: The Struggles of The Earthly Ones marries the intense emotions of life and judgements of the Bible with brutal, symphonic deathcore music with excellence. Robert displays impressive talent in everything, especially vocally. I think he could have taken more risks creatively and still come out on top. Any fan of extreme music needs to hear this album!