Breaking Benjamin, move over. Nine Lashes has arrived with it's own grungy, whisper-scream-talk brand of anger rock ... that just happens to sound a lot like yours. World We View offers up ample palm-muted, distorted guitars and a steady stream of repetitive chords, but what's best: it's economical and practical. Forget purchasing the whole album, the first three songs are practically one in the same.
It's unfortunate, really, because it's clear the band has potential for depth and musicality. "Afterglow" is a beautiful, slower track with sincerity and hope, pushing the envelope for what the entire record could have been. Instead, the majority of the album plays as a homage to bands you haven't thought of -- or listened to -- in years. It's nice to hear a song and think, "Oh! This reminds me of so-and-so." World We View takes it a step further and plays like a mashup of Story of the Year meets Breaking Benjamin meets Chevelle meets Three Days Grace meets ... you get the point.
There's no stamp of, "This is us. This is who we are." It's just an onslaught of distorted guitars and repetitive choruses, like an aural splinter that just digs deeper and deeper with each track. Without a bad day, you can never appreciate a good day, and without some sense of optimism or, I don't know, a fresh riff or two, you're left with a record that reeks of somebody else's album sales from five years ago.