01. The Personal Revolution
02. Project Hoax
03. Welcome Overboard
04. The Appeal
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
2008 Nuclear Blast Records
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.