Shawn Adams – Vocals
Ben Lionetti – Guitar
Mitch LoBuglio – Guitar
Joe Lionetti – Drums
Chris Segovia – Bass
1. Heart (To The Fans)
5. Welcome To Oz (Interlude)
6. Kings (The Reawakening)
8. Pure Imagination
Lakeshore are an active metalcore band, led by Ben and Joe Lionetti on guitars and drums, respectively. These founders of rock giants ‘Emmure’ are from Connecticut, as are bassist Chris Segovia and lead guitarist Mitch LoBuglio. Vocalist Shawn Adams is from Virginia. The fivesome’s soon to be released ’41’ was recorded with producer Ken Susi, a man who has worked with The Contortionist and Madball.
Is ’41’ any good? It certainly has many desirable qualities; it is powerful and energetic, yet very melodic with plenty of beautiful vocal dissonance. The guitar work has similar sugary note clashes, but also more bitter note choices. The music has a near constant wide range of pitches, from down-tuned chugging stabs to screaming solos and patterns way up high on the fretboard. Although he doesn’t often show it, the lead axeman is highly skilled and can shred with the best of them. Riffs in-between his and his teammate’s two extremes serve the purpose of creating a captivating sound.
However, these patterns often lack development and syncopation and kind of just ‘hang around’. Certainly not to the point they’re unusual, though.
The perhaps over polished production is overly contemporary and doesn’t take risks. The same goes for the music on the whole, as there are countless bands who write in this ‘safe’ style. Whilst it is pleasing to hear the ‘pop-metal’ harmony, more darkness would be welcome to keep the listener’s attention from wandering. In Lakeshore’s defense, their song ‘Kings’ has more Middle Eastern flavours, but even they are somewhat of a cliche. Just a smaller one. If these guys experimented with more chromatic ideas, it would make them stand out from the crowd more. Clean guitars contribute some individuality, but opportunities for adding more daring lines are missed.
In conclusion, there is little wrong with this music technically, other than the underdeveloped endings. If you were to give this CD as a gift to a new listener of metalcore, he or she may be very pleased with it. To people over a certain age, however, Lakeshore’s material will likely come across as so people pleasing it can be described as ‘watery’. Sure, no one dislikes the taste of the drink, but most would probably prefer something that has more character. However, water is certainly appreciated every now and then, if not on a regular basis.