One of the areas that has seen a huge uptick is in the vocals. The vocal work on Strangers Only often felt strained to the point of cracking. Some notes simply couldn't be hit properly. That's not the case with UnReal, right from the opening track Thrush it draws you in with the ebb and flow of the smoother almost clean vocals into the not quite screaming harsh vocals. There's a greater sense of control on this album. The guitar work with the droning grunge tuning creates a nice background while the frantic drumming pushes everything along.
The influences on this album particularly with bands like Linkin Park and The Deftones are fairly obvious, many parts will have you wondering if it's an unreleased track at points. However it all feels natural and a homage rather than a copy or ripoff. They've toned down a lot of the cheesier aspects of nu metal on here there really aren't any record scratches or anything like that. It feels more like that era in the late 2000's where nu metal bands started to realize they couldn't do the same thing and still survive.
My Ticket Home have once again bucked the current trends of down beats and extended break downs in favor of looking to the past. With UnReal they've crafted an album that's contemporary, nostalgic, and furture looking all at the same time. It's a feat not many bands can pull off, they manage to somehow be ahead of the trends and set the trends themselves. UnReal is a must listen.