I’ll Always Be the Same is a tiring listen. For an album that focuses on negative thoughts and emotions, the lyrics really accentuate the music. Human psychology is paradoxical in the sense that even when emotions and thoughts seem to repeat themselves, they can never actually be the same qualitatively, since they occur at different points in time. The music of The Drowned God is an effigy of consciousness, for the song structures are entirely unpredictable, even when there is repetition at either the lyrical or musical level. Blast beats, ambient guitar, singing, and some of the most emotional screams I’ve heard in a long time all have their place. Perhaps the most jarring of time changes is on “If You Were Them, You’d Do It Too,” but it’s entirely welcome. The lyrics are simply devastating and brim with painful introspection, from “Will I be forgotten or will you keep me tucked away?” (“Low in the Heavens”) to “Am I the fault line between us?” (“Confuser”). I’ll Always Be the Same doesn’t offer pat answers to try and make sense of suffering; but instead, this work of art exists as an expression of visceral pain, and ultimately offers solace to those who find such expressions relatable.