Hot! Another Lost Year – War On The Inside

Seldom does a song really manage to convey the regret and frustration that life brings. Most people can sympathize with the notion of a man on a ledge, struggling with inner demons, and thinking about all of the failures in one’s life. This sort of thing resonates with all of everyone. We all have things in our past we’d rather forget. Moreover, the regret, shame and anger such things cause is a source of constant turmoil in the human condition. Translating those emotions into words and music is a challenge few artists are capable of meeting.

Enter Another Lost Year, up-and-comers signed to Thermal Entertainment. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, the band consists of Clinton Cunanan, Adam Hall, David Whitaker, Less Norris, and Andrew Allender. The band has built an impressive resume, having opened for the likes of Flyleaf, 30 Seconds to Mars, Spin Doctors, and Blues Traveler, to name a few. They’re currently opening for Days of the New.

Even the band’s name evokes an aura of sadness, of time wasted and lost; never to be regained. The single, “War on the Inside”, is a powerful, emotional statement. Written by Clinton Cunanan and Adam Hall, and produced by Justin Rimer, the song manages to resonate with man’s inner struggles and sadness, while dishing out a powerful, punishing groove.

“War on the Inside” starts with an acoustic, mono feel kind, which invokes Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” An eerie wailing comes in over the acoustic riff, sounding like David Gilmour’s guitar at his most depressed. Suddenly, the realization hits: the solo instrument is not a guitar. It’s actually a human voice! While the voice is augmented by effects, this bit is a very effective production trick to intro the song. It speaks well of the singer’s range to be able to pull off a stunt like this.

The song abruptly transitions from the mono feel of the intro into a driving, downtuned electric riff. The lead singer kicks in with the verse at this point. His powerful voice sounds like a combination of Chad Kroeger and Travis Tritt, if you can imagine such an amalgam. His voice works perfectly for the song.

The song transitions into a nice bridge, with riffage worthy of Godsmack. The band moves again into the feel of the intro, again channeling the mono vibe. “War” then moves back into the catchy chorus. There’s some nice production tricks at this point, mixing the intro feel with the main riff of the song, as well as some nice background vocals.

“War on the Inside” is a catchy, accessible rock tune that contains enough dirty guitar to satisfy the hard rocker, enough pop sensibility to be sung along to by the teeny-bopper crowd, and enough post-production trickery to satisfy the audiophile. The song has a little bit for everyone, and what’s a better formula for success than that?

Stand ready for the new album BETTER DAYS, due out on August 14th, 2012.

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Kyle Miller

Kyle isn’t your go-to guy for theory and technical aspects of the guitar, but he can relate a singular aspect to going from owning one old Strat and amp to being a semi-professional musician. He also loves listening to music with a critical ear!

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