The Phoenix Rising
Lullaby (Action Heights)
By: Mike SOS
This Chicago quartet's debut full length offering is a breath of fresh air of sorts in the pop punk genre, even if they strictly follow the blueprint laid out by Coheed and Cambria down to the letter. Passionate and quirky, with a great depth of soul and conviction (not to mention some kick ass riffs like the ones found in "Awakening" and "Funeral Day Parade"), The Phoenix Rising is a band whose intricate songwriting and cascading melodies help them stand out above the generic ladies jeans wearing contingent. And while their obsession with sounding like Claudio and company can be grating on the nerves at times, they do it without the sci-fi banter and left of center existentialism, replaced with the heartfelt dedication and bursts of creative musicianship that will let them slide just enough until you find yourself on their side.
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