It’s becoming clear that the current way of doing things in the music biz of the 21st century is to release an EP to help build buzz and anticipation, be it for a new album from popular veterans or a debut from intriguing newcomers. The latter situation is where we find Cinema Sleep, whose Make Your Way makes for a tempting sonic appetizer from the young band - and I don’t just mean young in terms of new; the average age of Cinema Sleep is 22, but you would be understood for believing this is the work of a more mature group of seasoned musicians.
The production is tight and polished but satisfyingly heavy while also being melodic – a winning formula in my book. There’s a lot of influence from numetal and post hardcore but it lies over a foundation of the melodeath I’ve come to enjoy for its heaviness and slick lead guitar work. I could see these guys getting a lot of positive feedback with the various buzz tours every summer. Seriously, there’s no reason these kids couldn’t be the next big thing in the contemporary metal scene.
The Bottom Line: I hope Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine have collected all of their checks and paid off their homes, because this ride wasn’t gonna last forever. There’s a new band in town, and they’re hungry.
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- Genghis is at that age where he wishes he was half his age again…