The Trouble with Angels (Filter album)

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The Trouble with Angels
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Studio album by Filter
Released August 17, 2010
Recorded 2008–2010
Genre Industrial rock, industrial metal, alternative metal, post-grunge
Length 41:04 (Standard)
66:18 (Deluxe)
Label Rocket Science Ventures, Nuclear Blast
Producer Richard Patrick, Bob Marlette
Filter chronology
Anthems for the Damned
(2008)Anthems for the Damned2008
The Trouble with Angels
The Sun Comes Out Tonight
(2013)The Sun Comes Out Tonight2013
Singles from The Trouble with Angels
  1. "The Inevitable Relapse"
    Released: May 26, 2010[1]
  2. "No Love"
    Released: November 9, 2010[1]

The Trouble with Angels is the fifth studio album by American band Filter. It was released on August 17, 2010 through Rocket Science Ventures in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe. The first single from the album, "The Inevitable Relapse", was released for free on the band's official website on May 26, 2010. The album debuted at number 64 on Billboard's Top 200, selling 6,300 copies.[2]


Filter started working on a fifth album shortly after the release of the remix and greatest hits albums, with Bob Marlette as a producer. The album, as said by Richard Patrick, would be a lot heavier than Anthems for the Damned and is to have a song written for The Amalgamut on it. In an interview for the album, Patrick confirmed that song to be "Drug Boy". He also stated he would be moving away from the political lyrical content present in Anthems for the Damned.[3] When asked about the direction of the music style in an interview with Suicide Girls on September 13, 2008, Patrick said, " actually way more heavy industrial, more electronic. There’s probably not going to be that many live drums on it."

Through the end of 2009 and into 2010, Filter released a series of fourteen studio updates chronicling the progress made on the album. Each update touched on a certain part of the album process, such as "recording guitar parts" or "mixing the album". The last studio updates confirmed that the album recording had been completed.

The official track listing was later announced.[4] The album features an alternative version of "Fades Like a Photograph", a song that had previously been released in 2009 for the 2012 movie soundtrack. The track now has the added appendix of (Dead Angel) and could be considered a remix of the original.[5]

During this recording of the album, various interviews and studio updates mentioned a number of other song titles. "My Life Before" ended up being part of the "Deluxe Edition" of the album. It is unknown if the song titles "Tried to Trust",[3] and "Cutter",[3] were renamed, or if they were left off the album.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Patrick has commented on the meanings and inspirations for a number of the songs he put on the album. The title track, "The Trouble with Angels", actually originates from Patrick's thoughts about Galileo, stating "When Galileo discovered the telescope and he noticed the planets weren't revolving around the earth, they were revolving around the sun, that went against the church and they turned it in to the inquisition imprisoned him. That's the trouble with angels, he was holding back, the church was holding back scientific discoveries because it went against what they were talking about. In life there's a dichotomy to every situation, you would think that angels are good, but for Galileo and the rest of science, not so good."[6]

"Drug Boy" was written about his past antics while touring with Nine Inch Nails involving drugs and staying out all night. "Catch a Falling Knife" was inspired by the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was kept in captivity for 18 years. The chorus to "The Inevitable Relapse" was a chant he used to actually use when using drugs in the past. "Down with Me" tells a story similar to a murder/suicide."[6]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69%[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
411mania 9/10 stars[8]
all knowing force (favorable)[9]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[10]
Metal Forge 9/10 stars[11]
ReGen 3/5 stars[12]
Rock Sound (7/10)[13]
Starpulse A[14]
type3media 8/10 stars[15]

Initial reception of the album has been generally positive. The NewReview gave the album a 4.5 out of 5 and stated "The Trouble With Angels can best be described as a combination of the hammering juggernauts Short Bus and The Amalgamut wrapped in the catchiness of Title of Record. Some people say that it’s nearly impossible for a band to rewrite history after experiencing huge success and then fading. But with this album, Filter haven’t rewritten history; they have grabbed it by the neck and are choking the very life out of it."[16] The review from CWG stated that the album was "a majestic, transcendent rock album filled with urgency and commitment" and commended the album on its "consistent excellence".[17] All Knowing Force also gave it very high praise, stating "It’s an amazing accomplishment for Richard Patrick and a real treat for Filter’s core fanbase who might’ve thought the band had gotten slightly off track with 2008’s Anthems for the Damned. This record is a defining moment for Filter."[9]

On the other side of things, Ology was less enthusiastic with the album, claiming that it "is the same tired, heavy metal with a sensitive heart slop that’s dominated mainstream rock radio for more than a decade."[18]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Inevitable Relapse" (Patrick/Marlette/Fineo/Spiker) – 3:30
  2. "Drug Boy" (Patrick/Marlette/Marlow) – 3:47
  3. "Absentee Father" (Patrick/Marlette/Fineo/Spiker) – 3:59
  4. "No Love" (Patrick/Marlette/Marlow) – 4:20
  5. "No Re-Entry" (Patrick/Marlette) – 5:40
  6. "Down with Me" (Patrick/Marlette/Marlow) – 3:53
  7. "Catch a Falling Knife" (Patrick/Marlette) – 4:03
  8. "The Trouble with Angels" (Patrick/Marlette) – 3:53
  9. "Clouds" (Patrick/Marlette/Marlow) – 3:33
  10. "Fades Like a Photograph (Dead Angel)" (Patrick/Koser/Wander) – 4:24

US deluxe edition bonus tracks

  1. "The Inevitable Relapse" (Clayton Worbeck mix) – 4:33
  2. "Drowning" (Patrick, Marlette, John 5[6]) – 4:11
  3. "Shot from the Sun" – 3:51
  4. "My Life Before" – 5:29
  5. "Plume" – 7:07

LP and European deluxe edition bonus tracks

  1. "Leaving Without a Note" – 4:03
  2. "Drug Boy" (Club remix) – 3:36


  • Richard Patrick - vocals, guitar, programming
  • Mika Fineo - drums
  • Mitchell Marlow - guitar
  • John Spiker - bass, programming

Chart performance[edit]


Charts (2010) Peak
Billboard 200 64
Top Hard Rock Albums 7
Top Independent Albums 12
Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums 12
Top Rock Albums[19] 24


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  11. ^ "Review - Filter - The Trouble with Angels". The Metal Forge. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  12. ^ "Filter - The Trouble with Angels". ReGen. 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  13. ^ "Filter - The Trouble With Angels | Reviews | Rock Sound". Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  14. ^ "Review: Filter - 'The Trouble With Angels'". 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  15. ^ "Album Review: Filter – The Trouble With Angels". Type 3 Media. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  16. ^ Rochester, Lee (July 8, 2010), "Filter - The Trouble With Angels", The NewReview, retrieved July 9, 2010 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ Warner, Brett (2010-08-16). "Album Review: 'The Trouble With Angels' by Filter". Ology. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  19. ^ "The Trouble with Angels > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-12.