I warned you that a storm was brewing. I warned you that Stray From The Path’s new track was a colossus. And on the eve of October 30th, while Hurricane Sandy descended on the East Coast, there was another tempest emanating from the big apple: a song called “Landmines.”
Stray have been compared to Rage Against The Machine for almost as long as they have been in existence, with guitarist Tom Williams openly acknowledging Tom Morello as one of his biggest influences. “Landmines” can easily be seen as their most Rage-esque song to date, but Stray also add their signature edge to that sound, mixing equal parts funk and blistering hardcore with that classic Tom Williams twist.
The song notably uses a dissonant guitar effect to open the track, giving off an ominous feeling akin to that of a windstorm, before the whole band crescendos into the main riff which will have even the most reluctant fans bobbing their heads and tapping their feet. Another pleasant surprise is backing vocals from bassist Anthony Altamura which complement Drew York’s vicious delivery. York gives yet another unforgettable Stray chorus with the line “Are we all dying? / No, we’re already dead!”
Don’t worry, there’s also a “BLEGH!” in there for good measure too.