Kill The Lights drop their debut album on the 21st August and it is something to behold, with the combined talents of Bullet For My Valentine co-founder Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas on drums, James Clarke of Throw The Fight fame on vocals, Jordan Whelan from Still Remains and Travis Montgomery of Threat Signal on guitars it is no surprise that they have come up with something like this.
These guys have been around the block but they are by no means jaded or stale, “The Sinner” is a relentless assault on the senses with a couple of “slow” tracks thrown into the mix. Album opener “Shed My Skin” screams into life as Clarke lays it on thick to a blistering drum beat and frenetic guitars. Clarke switches between clean and screamed vocals seamlessly with some really cool harmonies at the chorus while Whelan kills a solo effortlessly, a solid opening track. “The Faceless” is a punchy fast-paced rocker with gnarly riffs, a lightning-fast drum beat, and predominantly clean vocals throughout that give Clarke a great platform for his unbelievably strong voice, again the guitar work is outstanding. “Watch You Fall” grinds from the start with thick riffs and Clarke snarling his way through the lyrics combined with pounding drums that add an extra heavy feel. “Through The Night” is a radio song if ever there was, not that that is a bad thing, it slows things down considerably and allows the band to show their ability to go from all out aggression to a more mellow and harmonious style while still keeping the power, a really good track.
“Open Your Eyes” is a screamer , literally, a really powerful drum beat with Clarke killing it on the vocals as he alternates the scream with the clean and a cool riff running throughout and Whelan’s solo just shreds. “Plagues” chugs into life with a really heavy riff, a cool drum beat. Clarke’s vocals are immense as he gives it his all before he unleashes his inner demon and melts your face with the guitars of Whelan and Montgomery giving an atmospheric backdrop. “Tear Me Apart” is an arabesque slow track where you can picture thousands of lighters and phone torches swaying from side to side, a little lost on the album but a good track all the same. “The Enemy” blast us back to reality with an opening solo and machine-gun drum beat that leads nicely into Clarke taking full control of the song with nice snarling vocals interchanging with clean, the chorus shows off his considerable vocal strength as he puts in one of his most powerful performances on the album. “Sober” has a hook-like no other from the start with some great guitar work that leads to Clarke ripping through the track from screamed to clean vocals, some seriously heavy guitars and drums help to push it on all the more. “Rest” opens with a piano intro that flows into an up-tempo track that has an easy drum beat that rises as the track progresses with brilliant riffs and the piano running in the background throughout the track a great way to set up the final track on the album. “Unmoved” is the collective best of each band member put into a melting pot to create this masterpiece, crashing drums, cool riffs, and Clarke’s vocals running the range, all of which is done at full tilt, a great way to finish off the album.
Kill The Lights Sinner is available everywhere now!
Kill The Lights are:
Michael Thomas Drums
James Clarke Vocals
Jordan Whelan Guitar
Travis Montgomery Guitar