Life In Your Way

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Waking Giants

Life In Your Way - Waking Giants ©2007 Solid State Records
1. Reach The End
2. Worthwhile
3. We Don't Believe
4. Making Waves
5. The Shame
6. Salty Grave
7. Help! The Arm of the Mighty
8. Threads Of Sincerity
9. The Beauty Of Grace
10. Judas
11. Beneath It All

As a music reviewer, it is important to be objective, right? One must acknowledge that there is good in all genres lest he or she falls into the dangerous pitfall of bias and closed-mindedness. All the same, melodic metalcore (or melodic emo/screamo/whatever), like power metal, is a genre that should go away. The sheer amount of sound-alike and altogether awful bands that have popped up since the late 1990s is simply staggering, and the fact that so few of them are worth hearing is even more so. However, once in a blue moon comes a band that completely turns whatever preconceived or unfounded notion I may have had about a genre on its head. The very-recently and sadly defunct Life in Your Way is such a band.

Chalk it up to youthful enthusiasm or a keen melodic sensibility, but the band's final album, Waking Giants, simply soars with the passion and confidence of a band twice its collective age group. The monotonous but forceful roars of Josh Kellam are bolstered by the surprisingly confident (for the genre) clean singing, harmonies, and chorales from all of its remaining members, thus giving the band's Christian faith (potentially another "knock" against them) a genuinely spiritual bent. The guitars of Dave Swanson and Todd Mackey careen and brush off one another, regularly trading epic, uplifting riffs with tasteful melodic passages along with the occasional moody flourish. "We Don't Believe" and "Salty Grave", particularly, have wonderfully moving atmospheric passages which then lead into big sing-along choruses that I would imagine made for many a cathartic moment at their live shows.

I don't know if I'm turning into a big ol' softie or slowly metamorphosing into a born again schmeeb (jebus help me), but Waking Giants simply rocks. Naysayers and tr00 metallers who never would have believed that a melodic hardcore/metalcore band could release something worth the plastic is was recorded onto would do well to check this album out. In addition, fans of Hopesfall's similarly awesome The Satellite Years or even bands like Envy would do well to hear this.

Review by Alec A. Head

Review date: 06/2009

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