Cane Hill formed in 2011 in New Orleans. They took their time finding their sound and released their self titled debut in 2015, then released their first full length in 2016 titled ‘Smile’. This is the album that truly got fans to open their eyes. The band doesn’t just impress in the studio either. We had the opportunity to see Cane Hill at 2017’s Chicago Open Air and their performance was one of the most dominating of the weekend, which is saying a lot considering the lineup was packed with heavy metal icons like Slayer, Behemoth, Lamb Of God and Body Count. The band has announce they were releasing a new album titled ‘Too Far Gone’ in 2018. Everyone was excited for the album, but when it dropped they quickly brought on a fire storm of new bands. ‘Too Far Gone’ has been one of the most talked about albums this year. Elijah Witt stated about the album “A lot of these songs reference a time in our lives when we were really headstrong about what we were doing as far as drugs were concerned and believing we were invincible. It took this shift as we realized we were losing ourselves. I think it’s lucky we recognized that before it became a problem. We definitely went a little bit past our limit, and we’re coming to terms with those mistakes. We went too far gone with everything. The title encapsulates the entire era.” They are the fresh meat in the nu-metal genre and they are proving that newer bands can crank out material that can compete with the elder nu-metal that are still relevant today like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and Papa Roach. ‘Too Far Gone’ will likely be one of the best albums of the year for most people. The genre has only had a handful of bands still keeping the sound of the late 90’s and early 2000’s alive, but that has changed with Cane Hill turning heads and proving they can unleash an album that makes those veteran acts realize there is new competition in their genre.
This week on Talk Toomey: The Metal Nexus Podcast host Joshua Toomey welcomes Cane Hill vocalist Elijah Witt. Toomey himself is a nu-metal veteran and an expert in the genre having played with Primer 55 for years, he knows the ins and outs of the genre. Elijah talks about the bands current tour with Of Mice & Men and getting in front of a different fan base. The vocalist also explains he was never big into nu-metal and he was surprised they were called nu-metal. He also talks about what music he grew up with mentioning country music, Nickelback, Three Days Grace, Third Eye Blind, Good Charlotte and others. He also states that the vocalist he has learned the most are Brandon and Alex from Atreyu. Elijah also talks about how he is always there for fans, to talk to them, become friends and it’s his job to be there for them until the final note is struck at the show. So if you want to meet most of Cane Hill all you really have to do is go to their merch booth or walk up and start a conversation. As someone who has met these guys before they are very approachable. He also talks about opening for Insane Clown Posse, saying that opening for them was “a mess”. It is also good to note that Elijah does an incredible impression of Philip H. Anselmo, probably one of the best i’ve heard. He also announces the band will be going on tour with Nonpoint and Butcher Babies. You can hear the entire interview below.