Survival Stories Told Through Heavy Metal Posted May 11, 2021 By RyanAdams_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need To Know
Heavy metal band Convictions' newest record, I WON'T SURVIVE, is a new independent project. The six songs--plus one instrumental--are survival stories ranging from poss traumatic stress disorder, grief, addiction, cancer, and suicide. The band released their last independent record six years ago. The band's vocals include, Danyal Suchta, the lead singer, and Michael Felker, the screamer.
What It Sounds Like I WON'T SURVIVE contains some of most intense, aggressive songs that the band has ever created. The band does an exemplary job of creating a metalcore record that showcases every strength of the band. Musically and vocally, this record is metalcore that oftentimes blends into deathcore. Mike's high shrieks and low growls are both powerful instruments added in well-placed and timed moments. Danyal's soaring vocals and catchy choruses empower where needed.
Michael, the band's lead screamer and lyricist, shares, "Our goal is to highlight positive mental health and share the hope we believe God has for our lives." I WON'T SURVIVE is truly that. There is a range of emotion that is covered, just like the range of mental struggles. You'll hear grief, anger, sadness, and more. But at the end of the day, you hear hope. Many biblical characters struggled with their faith and personal battles, yet many retained hope in God. So, it is with I WON'T SURVIVE.
An all-together standout song is "Wreckage." It has brutally-honest lyrics and aggressive music.
Bottom Line I WON'T SURVIVE meets the listener in the midst of the storm of life to offer both genuine sympathy and eternal hope. Through unyielding passion for the lost and hurting, Convictions has created possibly their best record yet. For those expecting more "preachy" lyrics from the band like in the past, you might be disappointed. Instead, the band tells stories through someone else's perspective. I WON'T SURVIVE is a fantastic metal record that gets messy, dark, and brutal. But Convictions' faith sees them through to the end.