Their name is Keychain, they hail from Canada and they have enough energy to electrify a small city. This ep should be their breakthrough since they have everything a nu-metal band needs. Rap, screams, crushing guitars and an immersive tempo, it's all here. Opener and single 'Prime Time' is a world class song and a potential super hit. I reaches the same quality as the smashers in the genre, making me actually a bit weary about the rest of the songs.
Why? Well, we've seen this before. A band has one or a few smash hits on an album and the rest sinks into an unvaried and tasteless mush. Keychain seems to circumnavigate that trap with the up-tempo and highly danceable 'Breaking Out', something between Korn and P.O.D. perhaps. 'Take Back Time', 'God Mode' and 'Payload' are vintage rap-rock songs, reminding me a bit of Rage Against The Machine meets Disturbed.
In all, this definitely is an excellent business card for Keychain to break through in the world of nu-metal but it also causes a bit of a problem. After this, they will have to start working on a full-length, videos and a world-tour. They'll have to be strong, resourceful and inventive to keep things interesting for the fans. After all, nu-metal is quite a confined genre and very few bands have what it takes to last. Keychain have the quality, that's for sure. Now let's hope they also have the perseverance...