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Artist: Escape from Earth
Label: Sanctuary Records
Time: 5 tracks/ 16:56 min
Who is Escape from Earth?
The 700+ fans that regularly cram into Chicago's Metro and House of Blues
know. Those that listen to WZZN and WKQX(Q101) have heard them. The millions
of viewers that tuned into the Miss USA 2002 Competition saw Escape from
Earth perform the opening number. For those that still don't know the band,
they are Chris Sernel on vocals and guitar, Christopher Castelli on guitar,
Andy Ahn on bass and Paul Castelli on drums. The style is hard rock with
a little metal attitude and just pure energy. Escape from Earth is a band
that is ready to step up to the plate and take a swing in the big leagues.
Three Seconds East jumps right into the heavy riffs and raw emotion on "Yesterday". Hints of bands like Helmet and Filter can be heard in the rythm of the guitars and the thundering vocals. "Beautiful" opens in a melodic fashion, but gradually builds to an emotion filled plateau; gaining energy from the chorus:
Somedays I am beautiful
"One Thing or Another" gets a little more creative on the vocals and adds some exciting hooks to the guitar rythms. "Never Hear" poses the challenge to:
Get up and move
"Without" could claim to be the best song on the cd, not to mention being a finalist in the 2003 International Songwriting Competition. "Without" combines a dark heavy edge with melodic vocals.
Though Three Seconds East is only five tracks long, it has everything. Hope, emotion and darkness is what can be found laced throughout each track. A growing fan base and radio play has Escape from Earth and their latest EP Three Seconds East poised to become something great.
Eric Stephens 2/16/2004