For fans of precision, technical hard rock and metal, I strongly encourage you to check out Lyken 21. This New Jersey-based quartet seems to draw from influences such as Megadeth and Dream Theater — but they do it in a modern way. Lyken 21 is surely not an 80’s metal tribute band of some sort.
Powerful lead vocals, intelligent lyrics, blistering lead guitar work and a super tight rhythm section are just some of the reasons why this group caught my ear. Highlights include “Colorblind” and “We The Puppets” on this extremely deep CD. If you want to hear the next generation of melodic metal, look no further than Lyken 21.
By Joseph A. Italiano