It’s somewhat humorous that this band would call themselves LAST VIEW considering that they play a pretty straight up, no thrills Metalcore. It’s as if they were saying to their audience, "Don’t let this genre die! Take one last view at what we have to offer!" This would be more than fitting if they played something more than a generic offering of Metalcore that seemingly runs through the motions. As is, their album “Hell In Reverse” is a standard affair of Hardcore energy and Metal intricacies, but nothing that’s going to revitalize the genre and bring it back to the mainstream.
Not that there is anything particularly bad about “Hell In Reverse." The band plays the genre to its effective nature, but it still remains that the sound was trampled into mediocrity just a handful of years ago by more intriguing bands and this album adds nothing much to the basic ideologies.
LAST VIEW punches out Hardcore riffs and breakdowns (like it was the coolest act on the planet) all the while adding some Metal licks and fret work into the mix of melody, layering it just enough to keep them interesting. They run the bass and drums into the ground with relatively interesting foundational work, but nothing to be too excited for there. Standard stuff, not much more, and their duel vocalists seem to be on the same page with their barking screams (slightly deviated from one another) that occasionally touch on guttural roars and shrill shrieks. Hum drum, same thing that’s been done a thousand times before.
“Hell In Reverse” would be recommended to those with a dire need to get some ‘classic’ sounding Metalcore into their diet as the main acts of the wave reach out to other pastures of influences. The album is never bad, yet it never impresses either. Solid parts pop up here and there (check out the rather impressive energy on “For Something To Keep” that definitely has an UNEARTH vibe to it), but the majority of this debut is just the basics. It rarely impresses beyond that.
Songs to check out: “For Something To Keep," “Liaisons.”
(Online September 3, 2011)