When one thinks of Michigan, one typically thinks of the University of Michigan Wolverines, the Great Lakes, and Motown. But if the members of Flint, Michigan have anything to say about it, people may soon be associating Michigan with the metal community, too. This five-piece has been pounding out its aggressive rhythms since 2008. In the four years since the band started up, it’s made some big waves in the metal community. The band has performed on metal festivals such as Rockapalooza, Bledfest, and the Carnival of Chaos. And now with the release of its new LP, ‘Chrysalis”, It Lies Within is set to become another of the big names in the metal community.
Anyone who is a fan of Dragonforce, Mushroomhead, Crossbreed, As I Lay Dying, or other bands of that ilk will enjoy “Chrysalis.” Vocalist Zachary Scott does a good job of mixing guttural screams with more melodic sounds throughout the record. And the use of keyboards mixed in with the guitar work of Matthew Michael and Michael Siva on the likes of ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ and ‘Redefined Identity’ will conjure thoughts of the aforementioned bands. There seems to even be a touch of Meshuggah in ‘Redefined Identity’ and ‘The Watcher.’ And any fan of Arch Enemy will appreciate ‘Sharp Tongue’, and perhaps ‘Moments and Memories.’ In short, what can be said of It Lies Within on this new release is this. Whereas so many young up-and-coming bands in the metal community have a tendency to stick to perhaps one influence and try too hard to emulate said band’s sound, It Lies Within shows its versatility with “Chrysalis.” Consider that the term, “Chrysalis” is a hard outer covering for some living beings. It’s a fitting title for the band’s new album. That’s because what this band has shown is that in showing its versatility, ILW has broken out of its chrysalis and is flying free among the young metal masses. It would be no surprise that with the right coverage and support, this Flint, MI based band may become even more popular as it flies its course.
It Lies Within is currently touring in support of Chrysalis. The band will be performing a pair of dates in Illinois this weekend and will follow them up with a series of performances across Michigan throughout October. Fans can get a full tour listing and all the latest from the band online at http://www.itlieswithin.com, http://www.facebook.com/itlieswithin, http://www.myspace.com/itlieswithin, and http://twitter.com/itlieswithin. The band’s album is available now in stores and online. It can be downloaded via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/it-lies-within/id345594889.
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