Alternative Vision (UK) Review
by on December 11, 2009 in Reviews

Lucidfly – The Escape Stage

Lucidfly are a female fronted four piece alternative rock band who hail from Orlando Florida, they formed back in 2005 and have been causing a stir in their local music scene ever since, they released ‘Adapting To Gravity’ their debut 7 track EP back in 2005 and are now back with their second EP ‘The Escape Stage’ which features 5 brand new tracks.

These days there really aren’t enough female fronted rock bands, and the majority of the one’s out there really don’t do anything for me except for Flyleaf and Evanescence who are both talented bands in their own unique ways, well now I can add Lucidfly to that small but good list as their new EP ‘The Escape Stage’ is one of those records that are so easy to get into and leaves you wanting to hear more.

The first thing that stands out about Lucidfly’s music is front lady Nikki Layne’s sweet powerful and clear lead vocals that are delivered with such high emotion, the overall tempo of the music also stands out in the way that for the majority of the time it is upbeat whilst featuring some beefy guitar riffs from Doug Mecca, the drumming from Aaron Ficca also packs an impressive punch whist Go Nakabayashi knocks out some great bass lines which add some bounce to the tracks.

All the songs throughout ‘The Escape Stage’ are anthemic progressive rock anthems, the song’s build up in such an uplifting way, take the opening track ‘Dirge’ for example, the song opens with some strong drums beats, followed by massive guitar riffs and then seconds later Nikki Layne’s beautiful vocals come in taking you on a massive journey of girl power mixed with proper chunky instrumental work from the men and this is pretty much the formula for every song on the EP and it is a winning formula which leaves you with a massive smile on your face.

During ‘Dramatis Personae’ Nikki’s vocals come along the best out of any other track on the EP, she has such an powerful set of vocals that really draw you into the song’s , and if she has that effect on record it really does make me wonder at how the massive sound of Lucidfly comes across on the live circuit.

If you had to compare Lucidfly to any other bands out there then you would get the standard comparisons of Evanescence, Nightwish and Within Temptation but only for the fact that Lucidfly are a female fronted band with the rest of the band made up of males, granted Nikki Layne’s vocals do come across quite similar to those of Amy Lee from Evanescence, but there is actually something about Lucidfly which makes them stand out from Evanescene and the other bands mentioned above.

At the moment in the UK Lucidfly are pretty much unheard of but soon I think that is going to change as they have a massive sound that the whole world deserves to hear and it is only a matter of time before they get invited to the UK to support a mainstream American rock band.

I love Lucidfly and really hope they have plans to record a full length album in the near future as I really can’t wait to hear more from them.


Review by Trigger

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