New Orleans’ nu-metal outfit Cane Hill is taking the modern scene by the throat and slamming it into the ground. After a successful self-titled EP and constant touring throughout the U.S. the band has officially released their debut album, Smile. So what exactly should you expect from a band named after a mental institution?
Expect an album that gives you goosebumps throughout and makes you want to open up a mosh pit right in the middle of your living room. The album itself sounds like a 10 page manifesto written by a patient locked up in the institution that the band takes its name from and I loved every second of it.
From the beginning to the end, we take an adventure through the mind of lead singer Elijah Witt, who leads us through everything he sees wrong with the world. From the way he sees our country going (MGGDA), religion ((The New) Jesus), to being told that things will magically change for the better (Fountain of Youth).
This album takes us back to the early 2000s when the likes of Slipknot ruled the world of metal and just leaves you wanting even more. Cane Hill is currently on Vans Warped Tour and will be on tour this fall with Insane Clown Posse with a stop scheduled in Jacksonville on October 7. For now, go give this album a listen but just know that it is NOT for the faint of heart!
Final Verdict: 4/5