Release Date: Aug 17, 2010
Record label: Rocket Science Ventures
Genre(s): Industrial, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge, Industrial Metal
Ex-NIN man Richard Patrick returns to fill some big industrial shoes With the demise of Nine Inch Nails (Richard Patrick served as a one-time guitarist), there are some pretty big industrial shoes to fill and Filter have waited long enough to step into them. More industrial than 08’s ‘Anthems For The Damned’, this fifth effort should slip them into that position. With lyrics pointed towards Patrick’s flaws (check out the opening three tracks) ‘…Angels’ brings together the coarse rock grooves of ‘Absentee Father’ reminiscent of Alice In Chains) with more poetic fragile expressions like ‘Fades Like A Photograph (Dead Angel)’.
Filter made tentative inroads toward age-appropriate rock on 2008’s politically charged Anthems for the Damned but they throw all that maturity out the window on their 2010 sequel, The Trouble with Angels. A full-blown return to the grinding ‘90s, The Trouble with Angels is all brickwalled guitars and vaguely menacing melodies supported by industrial rhythms given brawn by real drums. The real drums are a key here: the band doesn’t sound as sequenced and hemmed-in as it did in the past; there’s a messy, urgent pulse to the music.