In 2009, Jesse Berger decided to start a band. He wanted Nick Ogden on guitar, Sam Jackson on bass, and Justin Smith on drums. With this carefully chosen quartet, Lucid Skies was born.
The four-song EP Hounds was released in November of this year and has had such incredible hype since. Yell! Magazine said, “there is not a shitty moment,” and Heavy Metal Time Machine compares the band to Comeback Kid and Pantera. Lucid Skies have prepared themselves well before their great Canadian tour, visiting cities like Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg. The tour ended December 2nd in Regina. With the success of this tour and promotion of this album, it’s no doubtthat the band has a big future ahead of them. If you like bands like Sworn Enemy or Hatebreed, you’ll definitely love these guys. Jesse Berger’s growlingvoice is strong and I love the “straight to the point” lyrics. These guys don’t fuck around.
One track that totally stands out for me is the second on the EP: “Left Hook Master.” I LOVE this track. It brings me back to the old school days of hardcore. It starts off with some basic guitar melodies that are carried along bya steady drum pace and Jesse Berger’s raging vocals. Half way through the song, the drum beat picks up, sounding much more hardcore by the endrather than the metal in thebeginning. It just keeps progressing as Berger screams, “Bitch I don’t give a fuck about you!!” towards the end.
“Count Me Out,” the last track on Hounds, is another ridiculously awesome track. I really dug the mini, groovy breakdowns in between the sick chorus and tight drum kicks. Lucid Skies considers themselves to be a “live band,” which really makes me wonder how amazing they must be considering I am really loving this EP. The overall rawness of it really brings out the idea of how they might sound live.
The album overall consists of fantastic originality and makes me want to smash stuff. A lot of hardcore music as of late has lacked the certain something that I crave from a hardcore album. Hounds by Lucid Skies brought back a little bit of hope to me for the hardcore scene.
Written by Liz Imperiale