Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, November 8, 2013

Lucid Skies-Hounds

In the last few years a lot of hardcore has lost its sheer gutsiness. Bands come across with a squeaky clean sound and expect to be accepted like normal kids. In other words, ripping part all of the magic of what hardcore stands for. Lucid Skies don't peddle in any of that boring old generic crap, instead they choose to pioneer a fresh and innovative sound that pushes hardcore it limits and brings back the down and dirty feel that makes the originators of the genre so glorious. Bloody and proud of it their new EP Hounds is a promising predecessor to their upcoming record.

One of the key things to note about this record is that it mixes more than a few metal influences into the sound. This creates a sort of 'true' metalcore, or, true to the original sense of the word at least. Rather than being whiny or boring Lucid Skies are heavy and here for your skulls. These guys know what it is to create heavy music and if you don't like it, too bad. Hounds makes a clear statement, you are unable to dictate how Lucid Skies are going to live their lives and if you try, you will wish you hadn't. The songs are tough, brutal, and unforgiving, truly reflective of a band who are ready to give their lives for their music. Shining and destructive Hounds shows a lot of promise.

In conclusion, Hounds is a triumphant artistic statement. The kind of record that reaches out and touches the soul, not with beautiful chords or heart rending lyrics, but a simple desperation and brutality that speaks louder than anything else. See, it is the attitude behind Hounds that matters most, and this attitude proves the band is ready to take things to a whole new level. Suffice to say, I get a clear message from this band, their Western Canada is going to be incredible and they will definitely crush some skulls. If you want metalcore that adheres to the strictest sense of the term, check out Lucid Skies!

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