Aloft in the Sundry

While there's still a lot of Jason Hernandez's piano on Aloft in the Sundry's latest effort — its second full-length and fifth release — the recent addition of second guitarist Andrew Lopez boosts the overall sound. Former Kill Syndicate drummer Adam Chiszar, the newest member of the band, helps propel the tunes with his muscular chops, especially his fierce double-bass work at the end of "Getting Late (If Time Did Exist)." Hernandez powers through the tunes vocally, tossing in the occasional scream, at times recalling Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha. There are a number of rockers on the disc, but Hernandez shows he can also tone it down a bit on ballads like "Grandma's Song." Although the band has gone through a number of lineup changes since forming in 2005 (Hernandez is the sole original member), Aloft is still striving for great heights.

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