Tool, Deftones, Altar Bridge, Pantera, Machine Head, Katatonia, Soilwork, Coheed And Cambria – these are the sorts of bands New Way Home has been influenced by, and is reaching for. But it’s ultimately a failure at this point.
The tunes aren’t there.
It’s as if they packed everything for the studio: double-kick? Check. Flying V? Check. Extra long guitar strap? Check. Case of Double Brown? Check. Microphone? Check. Check. Check. One? Two? Yes, two microphones. Perfect. Um, sorry, where was I…yes that’s right, planning my escape from this album.
Three songs in I clawed flesh from my arm. Five songs in I caught myself laughing out loud at the absurdity of the lyrics. Seven songs in I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. And then – finally, all I know is it feels like forever – this album of almost ambient-metal stopped. Thank god it stopped. Oh yeah, so back to that studio-packing inventory: Tool CDs? Check. Pantera albums? Check. Download of the latest Deftones? Check. Band’s own songs? Um, hello, new songs from New Way Home? What do you mean you forgot? You forgot to pack your own songs? Actual songs! Oh, you don’t have any?
Yes, I know that now – I’ve listened to your album.