Editor's Rating

Have a listen to ‘Cascades’

Rating out of 10

Skies In Motion – Life Lessons

Release Date: 1st September 2017

Derby metalcore quintet, Skies In Motion, have come out of the blocks swinging with their debut album, ‘Life Lessons’; a self-release offering that is packed with personal and emotional lyrical content, showing their fans that they’re not alone in this sometimes difficult journey called life.

Skies In Motion build their sound from core values of the heavy subgenre that has torn opinions with releases in recent years. Metalcore has sounded stagnant and generic. When I listen to a song such as ‘Ugly’, I’m welcomed with the brutality, grooving riffage and fiddly little melodies that remind me of genre leaders August Burns Red. Then on the other side, there is a catch element, anthemic vocal hooks that have the likes of While She Sleeps written all over it. ‘Cascades’ is perhaps my favourite track on the release, it’s early on and a real statement maker for the album and Skies In Motion. The track is laced with punishing riffs, erratic beats and crap loads of energy; It’s a track that makes you want to kick the shit out of your surroundings.

There is a pure tenacity that just invites pit action, but you can’t help but be impressed by the musical intricacies. Yet with a song such as Finding Myself Lost’ the anthemic and emotional tendencies seep through more, the passion in frontman Adam Connor‘s vocal range is rather impactful, from his deeper roars, throaty shouts and the gang vocals that back him up. This is topped off with emotional, close to home lyrics such as “And I feel like a ghost / inside this empty home / A soul so alone / Is there anybody out there?” in the form of ‘When Home Feels Distant, and Distance Feels Like Home’.

Skies in Motion is not genre-defining, they add nothing new to the genre and they offer nothing that makes them unique in the slightest. In that description, they come off as generic in every meaning of the word. However, the delivery is hard to fault, the riffs are memorable and the music does exactly what it needs to. You’ll either want throw down or want to sing along.

For the first time in a while, for a band that sounds just like other bands in a select subgenre, I’m not bored with the lack of variety and I want to listen to more. For that alone I commend the Derby lads, I’m really impressed with this debut; it’s one of the finest from an emerging UK act I’ve heard in years. I’d love to see them on tours with the likes of August Burns Red, Parkway Drive and While She Sleeps in the future.

For fans of While She Sleeps, August Burns Red, In Hearts Wake

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