Life In Your Way - Kingdom of Man
With The Kingdom of Man, Life In Your Way instantly reveal that the message of their music is still at the focal point of who they are as a band. But what is probably most exciting about the beginning of Kingdoms is that there is a marked increase in the power of vocalist Joshua Kellam. Perhaps refined in the downtime of the bands three year hiatus, his vocals seem to carry a much deeper edge, giving the entire EP an added depth that was at times lacking in previous releases. The Kingdom of Man itself is the most straightforward of Kingdoms as a whole. Following the norms of most modern metalcore acts, with a healthy amount of uplifting cleans (“Blind In Retrospect”, “Growth In Passion”), group chants (“Forever”), and breakdowns (“Forsaken Me”), Life In Your Way keep their musical prowess as a highly technical metalcore band to a low, while bringing melody and structure front and center. Lyrically and conceptually speaking, The Kingdom of Man touches upon the age old questions of life: mostly dealing with the purpose of life, the motivation to continue forward, and to learn from the past and not dwell in it.