Brighton’s very own City Of Ashes released their latest album Rise back in March. If you’re a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars, I’d definitely recommend to give this album a listen.
It’s easy to see how their musical influences are bands such as 30 Seconds To Mars, Rise Against and Funeral For A Friend. The comparison to 30 Seconds To Mars is pretty clear in their track Battles of my Youth. That’s not to say that they are a carbon copy, but the influence is definitely there.
Battles of my Youth is a great track, though. It begins with a quiet, soft guitar solo, soon joined by drums that beat faster and faster until bang, the song dives right in. It’s a very mellow, enjoyable track. Think of Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds To Mars. That’s the kind of style I think this song follows, and it works wonderfully.
Another track from the album, Vipers Nest, has a bit of different tone. Unlike the soft sound of Battles of my Youth, Vipers Nest has a bit more of a darker, serious tone, and it’s kind of easy to see with the lyrics. Judging by these lyrics, it sounds as if the song is addressing someone who sees themselves as above everyone else (I’m sure we all know that one person), but is unable to see the damage they inflict upon others. For example, “so get off your high horse and recognise the cost” and “or live alone on your imaginary throne”. I could be wrong, but that’s what I think when I hear this track.
Comparing it to Battles of my Youth, the track has a different style and sound, but variety in tracks is never a bad thing. In fact, it gives the listener something new every time.
As I said before, Rise would definitely be something I’d recommend if you’re into 30 Seconds To Mars. And although I said the influence was clear, City Of Ashes are still very much original in their music. Remember, inspiration isn’t always copying, and I hope City Of Ashes get themselves signed soon.