Review Summary: My Ticket Home Imporve greatly on their LP
The generic Rise-core genre has gotten out of hand, bands are releasing two to three albums that are exact replicas of not only their own material but other bands’ material. Some of these bands are attempting to grow up and expand, while actually doing very little. My Ticket Home, are original enough to be respected, although they still need some experience to carve their niche into the genre.
The album begins with A New Breed and Who Is 67, which on their own are pretty average songs, while not terrible, they should have put different songs to start the album. Things really start to pick up with Atlas and it doesn’t let up for a while, climaxing with Beyond, the best track on the album, it starts with a bluesy rock style riff that turns into mega groovy guitars, getting stronger all the while. As the next few tracks play the band makes sure the album never lets off the pedal. Singer Sean Mackowski (whose no longer in the band) gets a complete track of his own on the piano laced The Dream Code which showcases his strong vocals and the bands attempt at being light, while it works pretty well, the track is sort of weak, and shouldn’t have been put on the album. Fear Complex the last song on the album is one of the most emotionally intense songs on the record, with what sound like recordings of “freak out” sessions that sandwich the song, it’s a great way to end an album.
The two vocalists on this album, Nick Giumenti, the screamer and Sean Mackowski, the clean singer, are quit good. Nick Giumenti continuously pummels intense and powerful screams through out the course of the whole record, never letting up on the emotion he wants to show. Sean Mackowski, who is good, but not as good as Nick Giumenti, does a decent job of being the #2 man on the album, but I am curios to see what the new singer, the bands current bass player, can do now with the vocal duties. The instrumentation, while nothing original or great by any means is good, and does a good job of keeping the albums pace, and it never gets boring and it has a few moments where it shines like the guitars in Beyond and the solo in The Truth Changes If We Both Lie.
While not groundbreaking or setting any new bars, My Ticket Home’s debut LP is a warm welcome considering what a lot of metal-core bands do(or don’t do)with their new releases.