Still Remains, ‘The Serpent’ (Roadrunner)
Ostensibly, this Michigan six-piece carries the metalcore torch lit by Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall. But the band’s synth-heavy sound doesn’t reflexively fall back on jack-hammer riffs and Cookie Monster bellows. The Serpent moves from epic balladry (“Maria”) to squiggly, Europe-esque sports metal (“Sleepless Nights Alone”), and even neo-disco (the stunning “Dancing With the Enemy”). Not everything sticks (“The Wax Walls of an Empty Room” is as clunky as the title), but T.J. Miller possesses a moan-shout that adroitly adapts to the band’s shifting styles.
Now Hear This: Still Remains – “The Wax Walls of an Empty Room” WINDOWS MEDIA