I’m almost frightened when I had to listen another band labeled “metalcore”. A few years back bands started to deny any reference to “emo”, it will take no long till bands will start denying any connection to metalcore. Till than, day after day dozen of bands, albums came through, most of them delivering the same trendy cliches. Fortunately, there are few exceptions from time to time, and Far From The Tree are one of them. “You’re Crashed Your Only Vessel” is a powerful mixture of old-school heavy metal riffings – well, some of them are returning quite to the NWOBHM and particularly to Iron Maiden – and some groove metal riffs while the space between is filled up with techno textures and layers. Cody screams, howls and sings as any singer with self esteem should nowadays and the band delivering from intense grindings to nice acoustic breaks everything to make the whole machinery sounds dynamic and catchy. And well, they do a pretty good job.
This approach reminds me of Asking Alexandria, but somehow Far From The Tree managed to twist in their own style, they have quite exciting breaks, turns, shifting of themes and tones, they came up with a perfect blending of metal and techno sounds and have some killer grooves. Well, it’s questionable how metal fans will “swallow” the techno parts, but I quite enjoy it and dudes, by the way, I’m not listening techno by my free will.
But this youngsters wrote a few good themes, a couple of well balanced songs and I think they deserve at least a vote of confidence for this good start.