If progression is a dirty word, As Cities Burn will need to wash their collective mouths out with soap. The band returns this spring with Hell Or High Water, the follow up to 2007’s acclaimed release Come Now Sleep, and there’s plenty of that “dirty word” to go around. Completely leaving behind the band’s heavier, sing scream past, Hell Or High Water still brings the rock, though the rock sounds a bit more mature, and it’s in the purest, most unexpected way. Stand-out tracks like “Into The Sea” and “Made Too Pretty” find the band furthering the sound they perfected with Come Now Sleep, while offerings like “Capover” bring a welcome shift into uncharted waters. Catching up to peers like Brand New and Thrice, As Cities Burn have come into their own, and in the full scope of the band’s career, Hell Or High Water will prove to be a cornerstone. The album was self-produced and mixed by Brad Wood (mewithoutYou, Pete Yorn, Placebo) and drops April 21st, hell or high water.
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interesting| Posted May 14, 2009
More change in style from As Cities Burn. It's hard to believe that they used to be a pretty heavy band. This is a great album. They've acquired a very unique style of alternative rock. Somewhat soft yet catchy.