A Crime of Passion is well on its way to big things, and at least part of that will be off the success of consume::receive. Easily one of the best metal albums I've heard in a while, the Seattle foursome have managed to combine all the intricate metal guitar work of bands like Veil of Maya with the hardcore nature of August Burns Red. Each song rolls and grinds, ripping through intense choruses that are layered with each member going above and beyond to impress. As much as this is an album for metal fans, it's an album for fans of instrumentation.
From "Philippine Dream" to "My Own Way," ACOP mesh stop-and-go breakdowns with spastic, bottomless vocals. The latter, one of the strongest on the EP, breaks into a guitar solo that is reminiscent of '80s Metallica. "Kalachakra" begins with an upbeat guitar chord over fast, machine gun drums that all builds into a synchronized guitar rhythm that you can feel in your chest.
The only drawback, if there is any, is the limited vocal range of screamer Matt Giles. Instead of switching between highs and lows, he hits a very powerful mid-range scream that gets a bit old by the end of the EP. Hardly a complaint, however, as Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried and Me can prove. This is not a local album you want to miss.