Draw Lines On

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KJU is one of the best groups to emerge from the German alternative metal scene yet has more in common with the likes of Handsome and Quicksand then they do with many of the popular metal acts of 2002. Their full-length debut, the brilliant Draw Lines On, keeps the metal brief and the emotion thick, pulling at the listener's heart with genuine anguish and passion. Vocalist Tobias Hartwig has been compared to a younger Keith Caputo, and this is somewhat fitting, as at times KJU swings toward the aggressive alternative rock stylings of Life of Agony, yet always manages to remain one step ahead of the cult rock outfit. The more mainstream hard rock tracks offered on Draw Lines On strike the listener with less impact then expected, such as the average "6fold," yet when the group keep the songs building with a modern rock aura and allow Hartwig to open up on the mic, the results could ignite a grand display of fireworks. "Eclipse" and "Hands Off My Shoulder" are pure bliss to grace one's ears, with enough beauty to reduce one to tears. KJU has limitless potential, as Draw Lines On is an album where every song has the capability of being a Top Ten hit single. Few bands have the skill to craft such a seamless album where even the less memorable songs leave their mark on the listener, yet KJU has done that here. Draw Lines On is as close a group could get to recording a perfect album.