ARTIST: CANE HILL 

TITLE: TOO FAR GONE 

LABEL: RISE RECORDS 

RATING: 10/10 

The press have forever wrongly labelled this band ‘nu metal’, which both the band and ourselves agree as lazy. After all vocalist Elijah Witt tells us, “I had never really listened to Nu Metal”. But this isn’t to say that this record isn’t to be accepted with open arms into the metal world.

“IT speaks to a subconscious within all of us, that holds our darkest desires…”

Opener, Too Far Gone is an addictive hook, leading straight through the dark veins of this band. There’s something about the darkness of this band that seems to draw you in, and speaks to a subconscious within all of us, that holds our darkest desires. Lyrically Witt communicates this through twisted lyrical content such as, ‘am I cursed or did I do this to myself?’, on the self-confessional, and Manson worthy opening of second single, Lord Of Flies’. 

Cane Hill’s previous release, Smile was a record that put this band on the firm label, of ‘viewer discretion advised.’ An undertone of sexual desire, and relishing guitar tones to match, Erased continues on with this, a hypnotic bass laden trip. But before we can become too hooked to the heroine of the Lousiana metal outfit, the anthemic choruses of Why brings a whole never level to this band.

Closing on the heart wrenching, and gut-punching, and ironically titled, The End. There is a newfound sound of tantalising metal, the sound that made the likes of Suicide Silence through to Alice In Chains dominate the heavy music markets.

A heavily chained snapshot of what the future of metal looks like, Cane Hill are a band that may have had to build themselves for some time now, but they sure as hell will be claiming this world as their own.

WORDS: KRISTIAN FJAELBERG 

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