What Studio 52 Says: Pennsylvania’s L.M.I. are steadily hitting all the hallmarks of punk rock with spastic transitions, screeching guitars, and yelling that can drift into screams usually only heard in heavier genres. Active since 2010, some of L.M.I.’s early stuff even bordered on ska with singing and poppy drums, while their recent releases have blown straight past punk rock and lean towards hardcore.
Midway through their 2014 release Sleepwalker there’s even a little jazz influence, a swinging ride pattern sets the mood for their ballad “In the Blue,” which flaunts clean singing throughout it’s entirety. Ballads or slow, interlude-esque ambient pieces typically act as the calm before the storm with a tendency to preface something massive and packed full of raw emotion, anger, and hatred.