Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shortcuts : Skyharbor , Mellowtoy , Tyler Hilton

Skyharbor - Guiding lights (2014)
Ever since their debut album "Blinding white noise" from 2012, Skyharbor with members from India and U.K are winning over fans like Brazil´s national football team in every World Cup.
The band featuring Daniel Tompkins on lead vocals from TesseracT, deliver a very interesting blend of technical and progressive metal for fans of Karnivool, Voyager and Circa Survive.
Their heavier moments even bring thoughts to Periphery, the instrumentation is fantastic and if more songs had been as impressive as "Allure" and "Evolution", their new album would´ve been a masterpiece.
"Guiding lights" is still a great album but with a few lengthy songs, they overdo it sometimes but it´s like comparing with small clouds on a clear blue sky. Nothing to whine about.
3.5 out of 5

Mellowtoy - Lies (2015)
"Lies" is the 4th album from Italian metallers Mellowtoy, they deliver a mix of numetal and post hardcore that bring thoughts to Ill Nino, Descended and InDirections.
I think it´s a solid album where the clean vocals sound a bit better than the screamo parts, they´ve got two singers and I do believe the screamo needs more work.
The album features a guest appearance from Cristian Machado of Ill Nino on the track "Chain reaction" that stands out along with the title track "Lies" and "Dead colours".
The punk-ish "S.A.T.A.N" could´ve been left out but it´s really short so ok then.......
3 out of 5

Tyler Hilton - Indian summer (2014)
An acoustic guitar and a piano is all you need if you ask Tyler Hilton about his new album "Indian summer", it´s his second independent release after the 2012 album "Forget the storm".
The singer/songwriter/actor was 16 years old when Tyler released his debut album in 2000 and even if Elvis Presley is Tyler´s biggest influence, you can clearly hear traces of Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen on these new songs. Especially Bruce Springsteen´s "Nebraska" album.
If you´re interested in Tyler doing a country/americana record, this might just make your day but I prefer his full band midwest pop/rock sound of the first albums.
2 out of 5

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