Brutal, honest, driven. This follow-up to Murder And The Motive takes the promise inherent in Those Damn Crows' debut, ratchets up the intensity 10-fold and positively rams home the qualities that made that record special.
With Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap producing there was no chance this was going to sound anything other than immense – Send The Reaper with its Metallica-sized riffing, Kingdom Of Dust, Go Get It, Devil In My Pocket, just take your pick and prepare to be flattened by the breathless momentum.
The orchestral, piano-led, emotionally draining Never Win provides some early respite, otherwise this is a master class in combining glittering arena-targeted hooks and crunching modern metal.
The energy levels are merciless and the groove is irresistible.
Difficult second album? Nope.