Having already toured with Hinder,
Trapt & Rev Theory 420Shot30 are making some certifiable inroads
towards making a name for themselves on the national music scene. With a
non-typical metal sound it's immediately easy to see why. The obvious
single of the batch, or if it isn't it should be, "Lift You Up" opens
with a new wage-esque keyboard that is more out of Yanni or Yes than
metal only to be joined by a husky & slow croon calling directly to
the listener "I wanna lift you up high baby, I wanna take you on a trip
to the sun & the moon ... I want to paint the stars in the sky for
you" that might be sappy but is equally seductive in a mesmering way.
With the guitars tucked in the mix until the last third the song is
intense, plodding & incredibly memorable & deserves multiple
listens. It's one of the more commericially attractive metal songs I've
heard in a long time that does everything you wouldn't expect &
comes out in a way that it shouldn't. But, its also quite illusionary as
"Magic Woman" opens up with by the book guitar riffing that is a
completely reverse of what "Lift You Up" laid down. But, 420Shot30 know
how to create unexpected twists, often lacking in a lot of bands'
repertoire, as the song turns to a dark & haunting direction, again
keyboard heavy, with the now trademarkable direct & personal lyrics
that are reminiscent of some of Marilyn Manson's ballady moments. Though
the final song "Nasty Woman" verges on industrial metal, particularly
with the heavy chorus effect on the vocals, it carefully walks the line.
This is an important trait for 420Shot30 who have set themselves up
with a sound that does everything but what you expect to far more
thrilling results than bands who give you exactly what you want.
Aaron Joy, RMM (Roman Midnight Music)