REVIEW: "Kill The Sun" (EP) By Cane Hill (Acoustic Rock/Grunge)
Acoustic Rock, Grunge/Rise Records/Released Jan 18, 2019
Cane Hill already drew from a diverse array of influences for their known nu-metal leaning sound. Now the band looks to push their artistry even further by taking their music acoustic. Specifically emulating the stylings of the MTV Unplugged era and Alice In Chains’ Jar Of Flies EP.
The EP isn’t fully acoustic as Cane Hill implements light electronics and some electric guitar into the mix; matching their R&B and pop influences giving the record a unique quality from typical acoustic rock efforts. This is most notable on closer “Smoking Man” that mixes live and electronic drums into the song as well as dissonant guitar noise. Making it the most energetic track of the record as well as sounding like it would be right at home on a normal Cane Hill studio effort.
What’s always set Cane Hill apart from the rest of the nu-metal revival pack is songwriting strength. And that strength is more apparent than ever on Kill The Sun. The catchy melodies and lyricism as well as Elijah Witt’s singing ability power this record. But don’t carry it as the “rock n’ soul” instrumentation make for an entertaining facet of the EP all on its own.
With Kill The Sun, Cane Hill successfully show that they can venture beyond their usual musical avenues thanks to having the basics of good music down pat. Talented and unique instrument and vocal performance going hand in hand with strong songwriting. Cane Hill continue to be a band to watch as they prove to not only be musically ambitious but capable.