LAY SIEGE – hopeisnowhere
Developing their hybrid sound since 2010, UK’s Lay Siege are a four-piece band that on their debut album "hopeisnowhere" sit somewhere between post-metal, metalcore, and sludge. Vocals that can be death-oriented one moment, then hardcore the next, as these musicians also fluctuate their riffing and transitions in the same chaotic fashion – depending solely on the mood and dynamics necessary to achieve their ideal outcome.
Neurosis, Isis, and Trivium come up early and often taking in "Hollow Hands", "The Afflicted", and the mind altering low end groove monster "Blue Pill". The 11 track record has many mood shifting elements between the guitar and rhythm section interplay that keeps Lay Siege from being a one trick pony. I’ll be the first to admit that two out of these three styles are not in my preferred comfort zone, but Lay Siege have a certain confidence and seamlessly blend things together to keep my head, heart, and body fully engaged.
"hopeisnowhere" will work for the intended teen to twenty-something groups, and that’s all that matters.