A sprawling epic metal masterpiece about, of all things, death and all that goes with it, Betrayed With A Kiss' new album Salvation and Ascension unflinchingly takes its place as one of the hardest hitting and weightiest metal releases of 2012. Over four years in the making, the majority of the songs on Salvation and Ascension were co-written with Travis "Wrath" Crider as he was fighting to get a liver transplant to take hold. Crider was still writing four days before his death in 2008.
After a year or so of the band hanging in a grief-stricken limbo, BWAK reformed with a new guitarist named Greed and began the long road to making Salvation and Ascension. The end result is something special, a group of guys making the album of their lives.
The tone is set from the start with the awesome "Prologue: Betrayed With A Kiss," a soaring, long-hair-blowing-in-the-wind, anthemic guitar funeral dirge that comes on like a band of angels of death trying to melt demon faces. This song alone makes this album great. Next comes "Wrath" and its melodic sugarcoated break-neck riff along with the line, "With the Apocalypse in my hand, I feel so alive," make this song stick in the brain immediately.
"Black Days," "Under the Dead" and "Legends Never Die" also stick in the noggin. But the heart of the album lays with the X103 ready anthem "Die Alone" and "Goodbye My Love," the first song the band wrote after Crider's death. These two songs are proof that these boys deserve a shot at the big time. "Goodbye My Love." sees lead singer Pride laying claim to the title of Indy's most versatile vocalist. He effortlessly makes you feel the fucked-up emotions, particularly anger and sadness that come with death being close by.
Betrayed With A Kiss has done right by their boy and made a landmark Indianapolis metal album. Salvation and Ascension is a recording that's going to resonate a long time with all who hear it.
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