Coming from Italy, upstart modern melodic hard rock band Sixty Miles Ahead offers a strong debut EP with Blank Slate. With roots in both classic melodic hard rock and grunge/post grunge motifs, SMA offers an authentic interpretation of modern rock trends. They offer heavy riffs, nearing metal, with solid melody and vocal harmony.
A rock groove infects the first two tracks, Polite Conversations and Dance, while wrapping them in heavier rock. Either could be both toe-tapping or head-banging. The band lightens up a bit on Chance (maybe not so much) and A Place (more so), where you can here echoes of grunge, both old and new, in the raw and fundamental sound. Yet, both are delivered with smoothness, thanks to the melody and harmony. Under My Skin might be the most quirky, and interesting, song on the album. While not nearing prog rock, the song is the most inventive here. You might even here a little Nickelback in the groove on this song (and possibly elsewhere).
Sixty Miles Ahead's Blank Slate is an atypically strong debut in the modern melodic hard rock field. This can only mean promising things are ahead for this band. However, they really need to work on their album art. It doesn't even have their name on it! Otherwise, quite recommended.