Glamour Of The Kill
Savages


3.5
great

Review

by Dalton DuBois USER (15 Reviews)
February 17th, 2014 | 11 replies | 580 views


Release Date: 09/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sequel to “The Poison” that everyone wanted, but no-one got.

22 of 24 thought this review was well written

Quite often in the music world, there are certain bands that come along who have a sound that is so similar to their influences that it triggers feelings of nostalgia in the listener. Glamour of the Kill is one of those bands, sounding like the Post-Hardcore little brother of Bullet for my Valentine and to a lesser extent Avenged Sevenfold. Glamour of the Kill’s music is in no way original, but it’s executed very well and damn catchy bar a few songs.

We open up with “Break” which unfortunately is one of the more lackluster tracks on the album featuring an unimpressive feature from Michael Vampire of “The Killing Lights (Formerly known as Vampires Everywhere!).” The song, like most of the songs on the album follows a set Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Solo, Chorus structure. The quality of the tracks jumps from pulse-pounding to disappointing constantly from track to track, making this a very inconsistent experience. Tracks are better listened to individually than in order.

Davey Richmond is the lead vocalist for Glamour of the Kill, and he frankly sounds like Matt Tuck’s (Bullet for my Valentine) more competent and less nasally little brother. He consistently delivers a very stable and enjoyable performance song after song, elevating choruses and easily matching the pace of the instrumentals. He jumps from into his higher register more often than not and pulls it off very well. “Tears of the Sun” is his best performance on the album. The lyricism isn’t anything noteworthy or consistent jumping from rough sex and weekend parties to inner conflicts about one’s own mortality. Despite the wildly different topics, they feel almost completely similar.

Luckily, where Glamour of the Kill shines is in their instrumental department and not in lyricism. Mike and Chris both deliver powerful and high energy performances throughout the album. While there’s plenty of whammy bar abuse and finger tapping going on here, almost every song has catchy riffs, melodic leads and well crafted solos. A great example of guitar work in the album would be “A Beautiful Way to Die”, which is far and away the best track on the album; opening with dueling guitars and some violin styled electronic work backing up the guitars. The bass guitar is for once audible in this genre and keeps up in pacing quite nicely with the other instrumentals. The drums throw in some interesting fills and change pace frequently throughout the album but don’t really get their own chance to shine in the spotlight.

The production is another highlight of this album. Everything is crisp, listenable and isn’t the standard “wall of sound” often employed by many bands in the genre. Every aspect of the music is far more audible because of this. However there was one aspect of the production that was terribly misused on this album. The added synthesizer work on several of the songs (notably in the chorus of “Live for the Weekend”) is downright terrible and shouldn’t have been added; it only serves to sound like a stale gimmick bar a few moments.

In short, Glamour of the Kill has crafted an album that’s high in octane and low in original ideas. For this band however that might be the best idea for them, since their original ideas (the added synthesizers for example) are poorly executed. Until they find their permanent place in the industry, their best bet would be to keep pulling from their influences.

The Best: "A Beautiful Day to Die", "Tears of the Sun", "Second Chance."

The Worst: "Live for the Weekend."



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ASnideReturns
February 17th 2014



2421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This didn't have a review. So, thought I'd write one up, I enjoyed this bar a few songs.

Here's the best track on the album - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-Junc0mNl4

Digging: Black Veil Brides - Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones

EvoHavok
February 17th 2014



1207 Comments


The singer is more akin to those generic vocalists from newer modern metal bands, but he seems to pull it off kinda better than many of his peers. I wouldn't really compare his voice to Tuck's.
The guitar players know what they're doing, based on your recommended tracks.

Digging: Chevelle - La Gargola

MyCarandMyGuitar
February 17th 2014



550 Comments


wow what an awful band name

ASnideReturns
February 17th 2014



2421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The singer is more akin to those generic vocalists from newer modern metal bands, but he seems to pull it off kinda better than many of his peers. I wouldn't really compare his voice to Tuck's.

He sounds so similar to Tuck though. Yeah the guitar players are pretty much the best part of this band.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2014



1330 Comments


Album art makes this seem a little to brutal for me, but nice 2nd review man!

titanslayer
February 17th 2014



799 Comments


The poison 2.0 you say?

ASnideReturns
February 17th 2014



2421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks hogan!
Also yeah Titan, it's pretty much the Poison 2.0

Feather
February 18th 2014



592 Comments


The rec'd tracks do sound a bit like poison v 2. I listened to these guys a bit during their first EP. Always thought of them as a careful balance between Escape the Fate and BFMV... not the best rep to have nowadays, but it was a great rep when ETF and BFMV were big household names.

ASnideReturns
February 18th 2014



2421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Honestly, I enjoy all of Escape the Fate's material with the exception of a remix EP. I'm still hoping for a collab between Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse, since they've both been touring together.

Feather
February 18th 2014



592 Comments


^ All musical integrity I had for you is gone -_-

ASnideReturns
February 18th 2014



2421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well dammit man.



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