Thursday, March 16, 2017



Now in their second year together (and stronger than ever one would suspect), Vancouver, Canada's latest metal export, CRNKSHFT (all caps please), has seen more than it's fair share of line-up changes from point A to point B. As of now the lead vocal duties fall on Shane "Shanr" Jolie and, come next week, the five-piece group will release this self-titled EP.  For better or worse (and thankfully it leans more towards the former than the latter) the EP falls somewhere in-between (legit) street metal-infused hard and heavy rock with serious balls of steel and the (why won't it just die a horrible death already!) genre known as modern metal. Song titles include "Systematic", "Tears Me Apart", "Old Habits", and "Breaking The Silence" and the EP features stellar production courtesy of Daren Grahn (Metallica, Hedley, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi). With a run-time of just over 16 minutes, "CRNKSHFT" serves as the two year follow-up to "Hard Fucking Rock". Influenced by "hardcore* bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Korn. Grunge bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains, and metal bands such as Pantera and Metallica", CRNKSHFT's forthcoming release sells me on the group's ultimate potential. I look forward to hearing what else this Canadian band can do.

*Five Finger Death Punch and Korn are not hardcore bands. They never have been hardcore and chances are good that they never ever be that way. 

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