SEND THE CITY: A CASE OF UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

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Article by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 7.7 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: You guys are very good.  You could be much better.  The only thing you need to unlock your potential is to get off the flouride and find your untapped warrior spirit.  You identify your genre as being «Easycore/Melodicore.»  I’ve never heard of this genre, but based on the sound, I gather that the idea is that it’s Metalcore minus the screaming.  Here’s the thing, guys: you need to know your fan base.  Chances are, if they like your admittedly excellent riffs and melodies, they’re probably Killswitch Engage fans.  You’re trying to sell soft-core KsE.  That’s not going to fly.  GET ANGRY!

Highlights: The best song you guys have, by far, is Retribution.  You could maybe speed it up a little, but I like the riffs, I like the vocal harmonies, and I love the screams.  That’s the direction I’d like to see you take.  Look Alive is a distant second.  It’s a decent song.  Has a great tune.

Criticisms: Look guys.  You just need to get hardcore.  Bottom line.  Find your inner warrior.  Speed it up.  Give us more screams.  You’ve got talent.  Make me feel like you actually believe in what you’re singing about.

Conclusion: Good songs.  Get mad.  Ramp it up.

 

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A WAR YOU CANNOT WIN

We’ve been deceived for so long, we stop believing.
Can’t tell what’s right or what’s wrong; so you stop feeling.
When violence and coercion are their tools, then you must stand scream:

No!
Hell no!
Won’t follow commands, I won’t meet Your demands, I said:
No!  
Hell no!
I am not yours to rule; I won’t be Your fool because:

We are standing here, waiting.
You’ll listen to reason.
This is a war you cannot win.
We are standing here, waiting.
And you’re gonna listen?
This is a war you cannot win.

I now can see that it’s all a fight for power.
But there is no way we are wrong; this is our hour.
One voice can silence the masses.
One voice; just scream these words, say:

No!
Hell no! 
Won’t follow commands, I won’t meet Your demands, I said:
No!  
Hell no! 
I am not yours to rule; I won’t be Your fool because:

We are standing here, waiting.
You’ll listen to reason.
This is a war you cannot win.
We are standing here, waiting.
And you’re gonna listen?
This is a war you cannot win.

Just take a good look around you now:
You have to see there’s no way.
You can’t control what we feel, what we think,
And we will not go away.

No!
Hell no! 
Won’t follow commands, I won’t meet Your demands, I said:
No!  
Hell no! 
I am not yours to rule; I won’t be Your fool because:

We are standing here, waiting.
You’ll listen to reason.
This is a war you cannot win.
We are standing here, waiting.
And you’re gonna listen?
This is a war you cannot win.

Won’t follow commands, won’t meet your demands.
War you cannot win.
We are standing here, waiting.
Won’t follow commands, won’t meet your demands.
This is a war you cannot win.