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The Destiny Program Subversive Blueprint

Subversive Blueprint
01. The Personal Revolution 02. Project Hoax 03. Welcome Overboard 04. The Appeal 05. Daeva 06. Escape the Living Plan 07. Rebel Press 08. Walk in Step With the March of History 09. The Frequency 10. Neurosis and Projection 11. With a Modern Punk Flavor 12. Mithra
2008 Nuclear Blast Records
Our score 4


Formerly known simply as Destiny, The Destiny Program's third album kicks off with "The Personal Revolution," a tune featuring the lyrics "it's our duty to die for this cliché", and it's hard to imagine truer words being spoken, since the German metalcore quartet doesn't bring much of anything new to the table aside from their altered moniker. Cliché is indeed the key term here, as Subversive Blueprint is so riddled with them it's at times difficult to listen to. All the trappings of Myspace-generation metalcore are present and accounted for, from the worn-out breakdowns and misguided attempts at earnestness to the clean vocal harmonies so nauseatingly saccharine they might as well have been cut and pasted from a Fall Out Boy record. Sure, the songs have their catchy moments and the breakdowns are requisitely mosh-worthy, but one can't help but get the feeling of having heard it all before. Even more troubling than The Destiny Program's musical approach are their lyrics, which are a banal brew of pseudo-rebellious sloganeering. Perhaps the band is attempting satire by singing "the way we break it down" over an actual breakdown, but the end result is silly rather than sardonic. Elsewhere on the album, things get even more trite with lines like "Freedom is not dead- it starts within us" and "Feel the rebellion/ Tomorrow is dead". While this sort of posturing might be inspiring to the legions of Che Guevara t-shirt-wearing suburban whitebread, it's hard to imagine most listeners being able to take this stuff seriously. Most of the songs themselves on Subversive Blueprint might be nothing special, but the sound of the album is stellar thanks to a production, engineering, and mastering team consisting of Daniel Bergstrand, Anders Friden, Jacob Hansen and Tue Madsen, all names that should be familiar to any metal/hardcore fan. But, even a superb production can't save the album from wallowing in mediocrity. There are flashes of creativity scattered throughout the album, particularly on the dreamy, almost Deftones-esque "Neurosis and Projection," the brooding "Daeva" and the hauntingly epic closing track "Mithra," but the album as a whole falls far short of the "rock machine armed with 12 tracks of heart, soul and passionate dedication" described in the pretentious liner notes. Bottom Line: The Destiny Program seemingly want to be a metalcore version of Refused, but their "revolutionary" lyrical stance comes off as puerile and they ultimately lack the innovative approach and willingness to experiment that made "The Shape of Punk to Come" such a timeless classic. Although a handful of tracks indicate that the band could be onto something down the road, for now The Destiny Program are nothing more than metalcore business as usual.


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cervical lancer_ 2/14/2008 2:51:45 PM

my hat is like a sharks fin

noodly_master_ 2/14/2008 3:48:35 PM

the destiny program...gross

jac_ 2/14/2008 6:03:26 PM

oh god, even the full album title is a rip-off of the refused.

jac_ 2/14/2008 6:04:36 PM

... this is the worst

hxcobd_ 2/14/2008 7:31:46 PM

This album f*cking let me down. "Diving into eternity" and "The tracy chapter" are both awesome albums. f*ck you, Destiny.

HB_Dad_ 2/14/2008 8:58:22 PM

This review is WAAAAY off!! This was easily one of last year's best albums. I imported it through since Nuclear Blast took so long to announce domestic plans and was very glad I did. This album is at least a 9!!!

swampthang_ 2/14/2008 11:17:04 PM

man with all the ways the nuke was promoting this band I thought they would be different and sweeter than before. corny album, dumb breakdowns, and shitty screams and singing wtf the tracy chapter was awesome. f*ck this band

puerile_ 2/15/2008 10:35:33 AM

a totally puerile release

anonymous 2/15/2008 12:11:28 PM

Che Guevara t-shirt-wearing suburban whitebread

A K U M A _ 2/15/2008 4:34:35 PM

Wow, this is the same band that put out "The Tracy Chapter"?!?! I didn't know that band still existed, but I liked that album a lot.

twatpocket_ 2/20/2008 3:52:30 PM

what a gay band name. they sound gay as AIDS.

askmeifimanorange_ 2/23/2008 12:58:15 AM

Harmonies of a Fall out boy record WTF ??