Settle the Sky - Now That We're Waiting EP
Record Label: Standby Records
Release Date: October 28, 2008
Another band from the metalcore hotbed of America, Ohio.
How is it?
Chances are you've heard Settle the Sky a million times before without actually having to listen to Settle the Sky. There is very little seperating them from the countless bands exactly like them. Despite all of that, Now That We're Waiting is still quite an impressive release.
Whatever the reason may be, some bands use keys very sparingly begging the question, "Why bother?". Not only do Settle the Sky incorporate keys, they incorporate them well. The haunting piano solo at the beginning of "Cheyenne" may hands down be the best execution of keys I've ever heard among metalcore bands. Another well executed example of the keys comes at the beginning of "The Gunslinger" (again, props to keyboardist JD Merril). Aside form the keys, the rest of the band perfectly show off the tremendous skills they possess. Drummer Samuel Miller does an excellent job changing tempos from song to song, creating variation between them. He is able to transition seamlessly from faster tracks ("Now That We're Waiting," "The Gunslinger") to slower ones ("Cheyenne").
While it's no secret that Settle the Sky aren't pushing the envelope in terms of creativity, there's something to be said about a band who play their instruments well and write honest, heartfelt lyrics. For fans who appreciate bands like that, Settle the Sky is definitely a band to check out. Metalcore fans be on the lookout: Settle the Sky are a band with the potential to be huge in 2009.
Saw these guys a while ago when they played with my friend's band, and they were pretty good. The beginning of Cheyenne was wicked live and stayed stuck in my head for a while. This is worth checking out. Nice review.