By 36 Crazyfists
36 Crazyfists, for anyone that cares to remember, were vaguely lumped in with the late 90's nu-metal scene, bands such as Papa Roach stealing their thunder with generic riffs and catchy choruses. 36CF however, have always been a more interesting proposition, with their shapeshifting metal tinged hardcore attack. Their secret weapon has always been vocalist Brock Lindow's distinctive croon, a constant reminder that whatever they churn out, it will always be them . But that isn't always a bad thing. "Rest inside the flames" sees the Alaskan four-piece expanding on the metalcore influences hinted at on previous effort "A snow capped romance", the chugs-a-plenty approach will doubtless please the 'core kids, as will a guest appearance by Killswitch Engage's lead meat Howard Jones on "Elysium", a cluster bomb of lurching riffs and a genius pinch harmonic beatdown. The Killswitch connection continues with ex KsE sticksman Tom Gomes providing the beats on "We can not deny", not exactly to the best of effect, as a Jonah Jenkins guest spot leaves a lot to be desired on the vocal front. Elsewhere there's plenty to shout about, the opening couplet of "I'll go until my heart stops" and "Felt it through a phone line" demonstrating perfectly why guitarist Steve Holt is one of modern metal's most under-rated axemen. The new and improved 36CF experience could prove to be a change for the better, most songs on the album are more than capable of standing up to established favourites such as "Slit Wrist Theory" and "End Of August" in the live arena, an upcoming UK trek with fellow metalcore idols Atreyu being the perfect opportunity to spread their wings. Still a rubbish name, mind.