From Ashes To New
Better Noise Records – via Eleven Seven / Sony Music Australia
Release Date: 4 March 2016
Review by Alex Sievers
Like it or not, nu-metal is resurging and I for one am totally happy for it to be back. It really is the perfect music to bang your head to, and after all, that is the one of the fundamental elements of HEAVY music.
This band just doesn’t stack up against their peers. Hacktivist, took the hip-hop aspects of the genre and down-tuned and diversified it to a fine craft. Dregg, take this style and have honed into a dirtier, dissonant beast. My Ticket Home, combined the groove and flow of nu-metal with their dark, messy grunge sound. On the homefront, Melbourne’s Ocean Grove incorporate some nu-metal ideas into their crazed sound for something truly weird, and Sydney’s Devastator took nu-metal in a far heavier and technical direction that now it’s borderline prog-metal with rapping over the top.
Sadly, From Ashes To New, have just taken the very tried and true metalcore sound and added some bland synth and half-decent rapping to it, and that’s about as far as it ever goes. It’s very bare bones stuff for what the genre should be aiming to achieve in 2016.