ALBUM: My Ticket Home – Strangers Only

Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
Label: Rise Records


Bands writing nu-metal? In 2013?! Despite the fact that Jonathan Davis is battling a rapidly receding hairline and Fred Durst is starting to apply for a bus pass, there are still bands championing a genre that by all intents and purposes died out years ago. It may not be as simple as that though; My Ticket Home are a band that have roots in metalcore and who blend those elements together with angst into an interesting 2013 take on nu-metal.

Without the knowledge that My Ticket Home are predominantly a metalcore band, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a ‘greatest hits’ album of a band that hit their peak in 1997 with ‘Strangers Only’. It’s MTH‘s second full-length, albeit the first with vocalist Nick Giumenti picking up a bass guitar in addition to his mic duties. It’s a risky album that could easily be poo-pooed immediately as not being diverse enough in the instrumental department. To give MTH credit where it’s due however, they’ve written a damn good album.

It sounds exactly how you’d expect a metalcore band playing nu-metal would sound: screamed vocals and an aggression that would have been considered too ironic on a P.O.D. album. It’s pretty surprising in fact that it’s taken this long for something like ‘Strangers Only’ to happen, but it must be something to do with the current generation finally embracing their teenage music collection once more. MTH call on System Of A Down, Deftones and Limp Bizkit in many places, even going so far as imitating their riffs.

The lyrics are juvenile. ‘Foul Stench Of Youth’ could be written by a 16-year-old throwing a tantrum over not being allowed to play GTA with its “Everything sucks / Everybody sucks” section. It seems like every verse is built around harmonics like something out of the Machine Head ‘Supercharger’ era. There are even off-key clean vocal sections, like in Limp Bizkit‘s ‘My Way’ on ‘Hot Soap’. Every ingredient of ‘Strangers Only’ is enough to make you curl up in a ball in shame but for some reason, even in 2013, it works.

Is ‘Strangers Only’ part of a nu-metal revival? We’ve already seen Limp Bizkit be announced as headliner of the 2014 Kerrang! Tour and there was more than enough non-ironic love for that. It appears that we are dangerously close to a re-introduction of black jeans with chains hanging from them, backwards baseball caps, and huge oversized basketball caps. You’ve all got My Ticket Home to thank for that.

Written by MG Savage (@MGsavagewriter)