Although strictly their second studio album, if you have followed the band since their earlier days as Devil You Know, you might argue that this is their fourth album which would technically be correct as a band, but the second album under their current band name.

Howard Jones fills the album with tracks that pull in his personal experiences set to music which is well known as his writing style but solidifies the band as one unit while defining their writing and performance style.

The lyrics are hard-hitting and relatable to the listeners’ own experiences. The music is filled with energetic riffs, chugging guitars, lots of distortion, melodies, and melancholy. There’s also a surprise track, a cover of Terence Trent D’Arby’s ’87 classic hit “Sign Your Name” done as a much heavier remake.

The band dug deep to give listeners an authentic and consistently heavy album.

Words by Diane Webb