We all know how it starts: the swirling, raging metal masterclass that is Wishing Wells, arriving with frontman Winston McCall’s startling confession that ‘The Devil and God have died inside me’. But then comes Prey’s soaring, Pirates Of The Caribbean-esque guitars and lyrics that almost invite tragedy (‘Attention, attention, welcome to the stage / Your new sacrifice, come sharpen your teeth’), followed by the prowling Absolute Power. But then the brooding Cemetery Bloom arrives, and it’s from here onwards that Reverence broadens its horizons.
I Hope You Rot’s whispering intro segues into Parkway on reliably commanding form – all towering guitars and thundering double bass drums – before Shadow Boxing hears Winston switch effortlessly from singing softly, to rapping, to unleashing his distinctive, vein-bursting roar. Chronos, meanwhile, culminates in a goosebump-inducing string segment which, handled without appropriate care, absolutely would not work. But with Parkway Drive’s magnifying glass hovering over each carefully crafted note, it serves not only as a gorgeous piece of music in its own right, but in the context of the album as a whole, too.