Review Summary: Attack Attack 2.0
Somewhere in his recording studio full of the simplest breakdowns ever written, Joey Sturgis weeps, thinking, if given the chance what he could do with the band My Ticket Home. Hopefully he never does, then this band will have a very bright future as one of the “not awful” bands to play Metalcore (or Hardcore, or Post-Hardcore, whatever it’s called).
My Ticket Home is a (now) four piece Metalcore outfit from Columbus, Ohio. Recorded The Opportunity To Be in 2010 with producer (and close friend) Caleb Shomo of Attack Attack! The first thing most people are going to notice with this EP is how similar it sounds to Attack Attack! Except everything’s a bit better. Lyrics have much more depth, the screamer who sounds almost identical live, as he does on the album is impressive, considering that most bands screamers half-ass and talk half the lyrics, and the (now former) singer can hit every note that was on the album. Choruses are also catchier. Even R&B song on the end of the album is also much better with the distorted piano fitting the mood perfectly.
With Caleb Shomo producing a lot of people are going to immediately toss these guys aside, but their better then the average Rise Metal-Core band. Yeah they still over use breakdowns, but there a bit more technical and dirty then most bands. The bass like all records now-a-days is barely audible.
The screamer Nick Giumenti is incredible. Having harsh roughness and brutal-ness he really shines through each and every song. He is also very good live, and not a product of the studio. Also the clean singer Sean Mackowski, whose voice sounds super layered and auto-tuned on the album, is surprisingly good live.
This album is to the point, they do not tweak their sound much, each song contains almost the same structure, but they never bore you, or suffer from did-i-just-hit-the-back-button syndrome.