CROWN THE EM­PIRE

Re­sis­tance: Rise Of The Run­aways Rise/ Warner

Blunt - - In Review - SARAH O’CON­NOR

Yes, Crown The Em­pire are another slick Rise met­al­core band. Be­fore you turn the page though, be aware they do pos­sess some qual­i­ties to sep­a­rate them­selves from the glut of Warped Tour sound- alikes clog­ging up your stream­ing de­vice of choice. No, it isn’t the two singers han­dling the scream­ing and sing­ing nor is it the tired con­cept record shtick, this time in­volv­ing some dystopian non­sense. It’s that when singer An­drew Ve­lasquez gets his turn in the spot­light we get treated to the best mid- ca­reer My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance bom­bast the Jersey lads never com­mit­ted to tape. Yes, “Mil­lenia” is that good it should have been on The Black Pa­rade. To their credit, the splashes of clas­sic nu emo melo­drama, cock rock sass, choirs and piano spice up the bland mosh soup. We’ll pass on a serv­ing for now, but great­ness def­i­nitely awaits.

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