CANE HILL

KILL THE SUN (RISE)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: In­cubus, Stone Tem­ple Pi­lots, Al­ice In Chains

■ On the song Acid Rain, Cane Hill front­man Eli­jah Witt sings, ‘I don’t want to go too far away from my­self.’ A year since the re­lease of their sec­ond al­bum, his band have cer­tainly gone a long way away from what’s ex­pected. Kill The Sun? Kill The Con­stant Nu-metal Com­par­isons, more like. This six-song EP is a largely acous­tic af­fair which trades in their trade­mark sound for a load of un­der­stated in­tro­spec­tion.

Empty shows that mel­low­ness suits the New Or­leans de­gen­er­ates un­ex­pect­edly well, with the gen­tle strum­ming and Span­ish gui­tar fin­ger-pick­ing re­veal­ing an­other string to their bow. Smok­ing Man, mean­while, of­fers an­other curve­ball, with sci-fi synths and sub-bass pulses en­hanc­ing the clos­ing track’s sense of mood­i­ness.

The gen­eral vibe here re­calls the way ’90s grunge bands would oc­ca­sion­ally throw out an acous­tic re­lease in or­der to pur­sue their lighter im­pulses. Chances are this is just such a de­tour, but it’s one worth the jour­ney. O L LY T H O M A S

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