Alright, here we are again to take a look at One In The Chamber and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoy the ever-living hell out of their new EP (which drops tomorrow), I’ve Got Something To Say. Let’s dig right in…oh, wait. First, go and pre-order the EP right over HERE!
I took one Crooked Step into this EP and was immediately met with a bass line that made me feel all sorts of giddy. Then I was driven right into a sweet hair metal feel with a bit of Avenged Sevenfold thrown into the mix for kicks. Imagine someone ranting but with a hardened rock voice accompanied with some scintillating guitar licks and leads and you’ll have an idea of what it is to take a Crooked Step with this band.
Now, I would type up a few lines about the second track on the EP, but I’ve already discussed the Motley Crue/Alice In Chains love child that I thought was created by this band with Bills To Pay, and you can read all about it right HERE.
Every band that even hints at having some relation, one way or another, to hair metal has got to have a solid ballad under their belt when it comes to putting out a new collection of tunes. Well, these guys have certainly thrown down a very interesting ballad that is removed from their hair metal influences and seems to focus more heavily on that Avenged feel…with a bit of East Coast vibe…not something I expected from a Toronto-based band, for sure. But I definitely dig The Ballad Of Captain Jack all the same. Leaving One In The Chamber certainly does keep things interesting. My only real qualm with this track at all is the amazing room they left for what I think could have been a slightly more interesting guitar solo at the end. They hinted at some harmonized moments but there seemed to be a little pullback…which really doesn’t seem in line with the balls-out style of this band.
But hey, I certainly cannot deny that these guys have got Something To Say, no matter what I might think of them. It’s very interesting how very different I think these guys are from when I first heard them. They are far less hair metal than I first took them to be. There is still that influence but they really dig deep in the rest of this EP. Bills To Pay remains a great song, don’t get me wrong, but there is a decent amount of Avenged mixed in with their hair metal-grunge style. But I do have Something To Say about that…it’s fucking awesome. That guitar ripping I was waiting for definitely came out to play in this track.
It’s not like I’ve spent much time here at all scratching at this band but they’re Itchin Back regardless. That grunge harmony has come back with a filthy riff and some more harmonized guitar! Yes! That is satisfying the itch more than anyone reading this knows right now. Maybe that was a purposeful tease earlier in the EP. Everything has come together in this final scratch of the EP, and it’s like M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Layne Staley, and the whole lineup from Warrant got together and had an epic musical orgy that ended on a very surprisingly positive note…I guess this band is Canadian after all.
So, maybe I’ve gushed enough about this band. They’re certainly in my top three favs rocking Toronto right now. All that is left to say is…make sure you go and listen to this EP when it drops tomorrow. And while you’re at it, go to The Hideout and catch them live performing this sweet (yet too short) collection. I’m just pissed that I’m up in Northern Ontario right now. Otherwise, I’d be up front rocking out, tossing my tangles around with whisky in hand. CHECK THEM OUT RIGHT HERE!