After watching the music video for "Amnesia", it just felt as if I had travelled back in time to my high school years (let's say about fifteen years back). Angry refrains, heavy bass lines, and extremely "crossover-sounding" power chords, exactly the kind of music I enjoyed the most at the time. SKW, Italian nu-/crossover legends by now, have recently come back on track with "Signs", initially released in late 2014, before being redistributed by Sliptrick Records in mid-2015. It is no surprise to see the band from Lombardy gather quite relevant success in the American market, considering their approach and the musical style employed. The visual presentation on here winks at the classic style from the main bands of the late '90s/early '00s, preparing us for what's to come in the album itself.
In terms of music, we are exactly where we should with such an introduction, a sound seemingly coming straight out of the late '90s. There are hints of metalcore influences as well especially on vocals, but these never become too strong. The band surprisingly chose to go much faster in a couple of songs, such as the opener "Light", even going as far as to remind me of visual kei (but this is perhaps just me!). However, the biggest surprise is maybe the inclusion of a Rush cover with "Red Sector A", so far from their major influences, before the curtain falls on a more "Kornish" tone with "When Tomorrow Becomes Today".
I must say I am not a huge fan of this style anymore, but it isn't easy to find other projects this consistent among the ones currently active. If that big melting pot also known as "crossover" (still?) accounts for your daily bread, and especially if you're looking for an Italian band that "made it", this album by SKW is just the right match for you. If not, "Signs" probably won't change your mind about this genre.