The comparison to In This Moment is inevitable. Female fronted metalcore band. With music that varies from the extreme scream to the melodic, with a touch that bends the rules of the metal world. These are just a couple examples of what makes these two bands similar. But for all the likenesses, there are also some striking differences.
First off, lead singer Alexis Brown, although she does not have the range Maria of In This Moment has, she makes up for it with not only a powerhouse growl, but one of the most soulful singing voices today. She uses both to keep you from ever getting completely settled in. In a gorgeous melody such as "Promise Me" she suddenly unleashes this growl that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!
Next, this band is as heavy as you could ever want. All you have to do is listen to the song "Taste of Ashes" where Alexis gets into a screaming duel with Hatebreed's frontman Jamey Jasta. They battle it out and there is no clear cut winner, except the listener!
The only problem that I have with this album is the addition of the final song "Yesterday's Gone". While it is not a bad tune, this acoustic piece seems like a filler piece after the powerhouse disc that leads up to it. Still, all in all, it is a very good batting average with the other nine songs being pure dynamite.
If you like your metal with a little melody here and there, When Skies Wash Ashore is a superior piece of work, from a band that should make some waves in this market. I keep getting drawn back to the album every few days as withdrawal symptoms start to set in.
1. Never See The Day
2. Promise Me
3. Taste Of Ashes
5. Black Veil
6. Adult Cinema
7. What You Can Do To Me
8. Seneca Tragedy
9. World Made Flesh
10. Yesterday's Gone