Amity Lane

The Sound of Regret

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For most purposes, Amity Lane's The Sound of Regret can be treated as the third album by alt-metallers Trust Company, since bandleaders Kevin Palmer and Josh Moates were the creative core of that defunct band. Adding Layla Palmer (Kevin's wife) on keyboards and backing vocals gives the group a slightly more up-to-date sound with a hint of Evanescence-style goth metal, and Palmer's Christian worldview is a bit more overtly on display in tunes like "Die for You" and "Broken Wings." Other than that, the Trust Company sound is in full flower here: overwrought vocals over standard-issue alt-metal riffs, sounding like a slightly harder-edged version of Creed. Tuneful but inescapably generic, The Sound of Regret has a few bright moments, most notably the soaring opening track "Drown You Out," but it's not likely to appeal to many folks beyond die-hard Trust Company fans.

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