Leaders, a band that used to be known as ALLORNOTHING when they performed with Flyleaf, Blindside, and Brian "Head" Welch, released Now We Are Free as their debut apart from these bands. It is an impressive album, and it shows talent that is worth being staged with the popular bands they used to be affiliated with. With a sound similar to bands from Facedown like Hands, their album might be worth buying if you like heavy metal with a good driving beat.
To kick off the album, "Overture" is a short opener with a powerful sound. Leaders proves that they are a heavy metal band with this song, but not as heavy as bands like Impending Doom. They have an impressive sound, but they also know how to make decent music. "Conviction" begins as heavy as "Overture" ended; fast-paced guitar and drums create a good base for the music, but I think the song could be better. It sounds like it lacks a good guitar, like " Instance" has at one point in the song. I feel like the guitar could be expressed more in this song, and that would make it better.
"Instance" is a good song with, as I mentioned before, decent guitar parts to it. I feel like that is the major element of this song that makes it stand out; the electric guitar part is always changing, and it sounds pretty good. If Leaders were to use that for all its worth I feel like their music could be a lot better. Although I feel like this is lacking for the rest of the album, I think this song does it very well, and the rest of the track follows with it, creating a catchy song with a smooth flow and an impressive show of potential. "Deportes" is definitely one of the heavier songs on the album. The drums and guitar sound a lot heavier than the rest of the tracks on this album. The tempo change throughout is also one of my favorite parts of this song; I feel like the song can get a bit repetitive though. It is good music, but to me, the strength of the song is also its weakness. The guitar part seems to get a bit repetitive and monotone. I have to say that Leaders did a great job with the first few tracks of their debut album though.
"Te Necesito" is a song unlike the rest. It is a soft track with a smooth feel to it, and Leaders proves with this song that they can slow down and still make great music to accompany the heavy music that is prominent on the rest of the album. The one drawback to this song is that I feel like it would be better if it were longer than it is. I enjoy listening to it, but Leaders should make more music like this. The heaviness of the album picks right back up after this song.
"Alone" is probably one of the more mediocre songs on Now We Are Free. The same fast-paced instrumentals are in this song, as they are on the rest of the album, and the song sounds just like many of the others on this album. I would like to hear more variety out of this band; I feel like they have potential to be a lot better if they did not sound the same in most of the songs on their album. The sound is good and worth listening to, but if they had something to spice up the music on their album, they could be more of a favorite of mine. Leaders has done a fantastic job with Now We Are Free, considering it is their debut album, but I want to hear more from them.
Favorite Song: Instance
Favorite Lyrics: "Die, die, die, for what you believe." (From the song "Conviction")
- Te Necesito
- La Onda