Monday, November 9, 2009

And We're In For Life

I have no quirky stories for today, so I'll just jump in and tell you what you really want to know about. This is one of those bands that was such an unexpected discovery, I had to listen to their set-list again and make sure it wasn't my iTunes that was playing.
But it wasn't, and so without further ado, I introduce today InForLife, a killer progressive/alternative/hard-rock band for the rocker that wants a group that will push the envelope and explore boundaries in rock.
Out of Calgary, Canada, InForLife, with Mitch Aitken (vocals and guitar), Jeremy Aitken (guitars, bass and vocals), and Geoff Aitken (drums and vocals), pushes the boundaries on the hard-rock sound, incorporating elements of alternative and progressive rock into their performance.
The set-list starts with "Diseased," off their album Switching Gears, and right from the start the sound is something new and different. While the intro riff is something I'd expect from a Metallica record, Mitch Aitken's vocals remind me more of a Smashing Pumpkins sound. But that too is soon abandoned, in favor of a more alternative/post-grunge sound, and all I can say is that this is track that is so diverse, even from itself, that I've never heard anything else like it. In fact, I think this would be a perfect time to coin a new term. So here and now, I declare InForLife as the first crunch-rock band. Absolutely brilliant. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: what makes a band phenomenal is how unique and different they can be, while not being too over-the-top out there. And with Jeremy's bass setting a tone, and Geoff's drums keeping a beat, Mitch takes off on a killer guitar solo that sounds like something Candlebox or Alice in Chains would cook up. This song = two thumbs up. No argument. 
And as "Diseased" plays out, "Ugly" plays in, and track two begins. Starting on a skull-crushing guitar riff from Mitch, Geoff shoots the song up with his own brand of adrenaline as his drums come crashing down, and Jeremy's bass provides a perfect stage for the other two guys. Mitch's vocals on this song in particular are top-notch, and blend perfectly with Jeremy's hardcore bass lines and Geoff's angry, animal-like drumming. To top it all off, Mitch's guitar solo just rips through my eardrums, and all I can think is that this song leaves nothing to be desired. It's got the melodies, the ferocity, the grit, and the soul to just shake you from start to finish.
Track three's "Jump in Line" kicks off with a great drum intro, and Jeremy's bass can be clearly heard in a Krist Novaselic-style right before Mitch takes off on a unique guitar progression that provides a perfect backing for the vocals. It's ferocious, and gritty, and everything about this song keeps your pulse up. Short, sweet, and to the point, "Jump in Line" is the perfect way to end the set-list. These guys have three shots to impress, and they knock it out of the park every time. Incredible. 

Sounds Like: The Exies, Candlebox, Metallica    

Key Tracks from Switching Gears: "Diseased," "Ugly," "Jump in Line"

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