Posts Tagged ‘Last Words’

SINGLE: Last Words – Merciless

Release Date: July 7th, 2008
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/lastwordsmusic

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Kicking right into smashing metal, Last Words most recent release ‘Merciless’ since their debut EP delivers the same carnage and metal that they’ve been doing in the past, and stepping things up a little bit since then too.

With moments that sound like some of the older material by Avenged Sevenfold, ‘Merciless’ is another piece of material from the Cheshire 5-piece that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Unlike a lot of metal bands starting up nowadays, Last Words include some progression and varying sections in their music, with it being dense in brutal force with moments to take a breather, such as the section where “As the rain fell down my face” from lead vocalist Scott Rowland.

There’s promise from this release that the band aren’t going to hold back or change what they do to be accepted by more mainstream audiences while creating music that doesn’t sound the same every second along the way. That is how metal should be.

Written by Zach Redrup

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EP: Last Words – Step Outside Yourself

Release Date: October 25th, 2007
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/lastwordsmusic

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Metal has had its ups and downs over the years, and it’s also had its reinventions too. Last Words from Chester/Crewe are not one to have reinvented it, or hybridised with any other genre, but they’ve definitely given it a name to be proud of with their EP ‘Step Outside Yourself’. Not only is it sheer anger on a disc, but approximately 15 minutes of it isn’t a deal to complain about.

Opener ‘Your Missing Artery’ welcomes us with harsh vocals slowly fading into the music, swelling with volume like a haemorrhage about to explode. When it does explode we’re treated to, for what you usually get from unsigned local bands, a polished metal blast of guitar lines and violent vocal attacks that you’re looking for with any metal band.

When approaching track number two, ‘Portraits’, we get a bit more of a variety in the way the song is constructed and delivered to us. Moments where there’s a few, or just one instrument played at one time leave us standing on our toes, and the musicianship is splendid. The breakdown moment with the lyrics “Guns at the ready / Stand to attention” is one of the best you’re going to find on ‘Step Outside Yourself’.

A different introduction than the other two, ‘As Angels Fall From Grace’ brings the listener in with a melodic combination of instruments playing a soulful and arguably moving section. It’s not long after the half a minute moment where we’re brought into the onslaught we’ve had throughout the previous material. The climatic ending is nothing but enjoyable, and if anything is the thing to get you listening many times again.

Last Words rarely let down throughout ‘Step Outside Yourself’ at all. Vocalist Scott has a great approach to the vocals of this genre, guitarists Bowe and Mark compliment one another excellently, and bassist Tom and drummer Max bring that driving force that without would make them sound as brutal as a cuddly bear. Next step; get signed and get onto the major metal scene.

Written by Zach Redrup

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