SKIES TURN BLACK

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews -

No Place Like Home SELF-RE­LEASED Hard-rock­ing Bri­tish up­starts jam the gears with cheese In some re­spects, No Place

Like Home is a sub­lime gui­tar al­bum. The stun­ning riffs that Ge­orge Turner and Jamie Jor­dan cook up on this de­but LP pack the per­fect bal­ance of tech­ni­cal­ity, grooves and ex­cite­ment to pro­vide some of 2018’s best gui­tar-work. Un­for­tu­nately, the medium through which STB dis­play their six-string mag­nif­i­cence is pseu­dopower me­tal an­thems that reek of com­mer­cialised Dragon­force wannabe-ism, and the al­bum con­stantly re­in­forces the feel­ing that the band can do bet­ter. The only stand-out is the nine­minute Revo­lu­tion, di­alling up the prog by bal­anc­ing shreds with di­verse sing­ing and sym­phonic bom­bast. If the quar­tet could fol­low this song as a blue­print on their sec­ond re­lease, they could climb a rung on the lad­der to bril­liance.

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