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Open The Skies - Conspiracies

And again we’re dealing here with a band from the UK that describes itself as “melodic, post-hardcore screamo”. Didn’t we have enough of these kind of bands?! Apparently not… Anyway, Surrey-based Open The Skies recently signed with Rising Records to release their debut album Conspiracies. A very young band that “has the sound and the songs to cross all manner of genres”. Sure.

Although it must be said that Conspiracies comes with some good artwork, the record doesn’t deserve much positive feedback. The only other positive thing is the decent production, but that's it. From start 'til finish it is just some catchy shit, nothing more, nothing less. Josh McKeown makes the impression he definitely can sing. For that, he has to leave his screams and other gargled sounds out, ‘cause those are horrible. The other band members seem to be capable of making some decent music, as well. Unfortunately, they didn’t succeed in convincing me of their capabilities.

This genre lacks originality and this release of Open The Skies is proof of that statement. Okay, maybe they’ve done some original things on Conspiracies, but writing a boy band-like song called ‘Yours Faithfully’ is definitely not what is needed to give this genre the necessary extra boost.

How many bands will have to follow, before these acts realize they’re not impressing at all with their copycat-behavior? Hopefully not that many...

Open The Skies - Conspiracies
45/1001Details Rising Records
Released on Friday Sep 26th, 2008
Melodic, Post-Hardcore Screamo

Writer @Gilles on Wednesday Oct 1st, 2008

Tags: #Open The Skies
Tracklisting 01. Intro
02. A Silent Decade
03. Fear Has No Voice
04. Keiko’s Last Smile
05. He Spoke Of Success
06. Interlude
07. Silhouettes On Street Corners
08. Change
09. So Season Two
10. Just For You
11. Yours Faithfully
12. We Could Have Had It All
13. A Second From Insanity
14. Reduced And Charming
Line up Josh McKeown – Vocals
Steve Lumley – Guitar
Kieran Brannigan – Guitar
Jamie Willis – Bass
Chris Velissarides – Drums