Looking not so long ago to be a major force in the burgeoning UK metal scene, Glamour Of The Kill have been an enduring presence in recent years, without ever blossoming into the prospect that many foresaw early on. Operating firmly within the commercial end of the spectrum, the band find themselves not only fencing with a siege of up-and-coming peers, but also in the shadow of the countries globally prosperous heavyhitters, which is somewhat of a shame given that ‘Savages’, whilst not a game changer by any means, does enough to put a select few of our international metal exports to shame.
Opening with the zippy one two punch of ‘Break’ and ‘Second Chance’, both all call to arms chorus refrains and a slick rhythmic clout, it’s quickly apparent that we’re still very much at the mercy of GOTK‘s glossy muscle and melody formula, just with something of a fresh songwriting gusto. ‘Leave It All Behind’ employs the de rigueur “whoa”s with a bounce and chug blueprint, and ‘A Beautiful Day To Die’ follows suit with some wildly impressive guitar histrionics and a slow burning vocal hook.
It’s certainly not all good news, with some frequent attempts at debauched steaminess coming across as provocative as a lettuce in a bikini, coupled with some cringe-worthy lyricisms rearing all too regularly. Yet, what ‘Savages’ does for the most part is deliver some uniformly infectious numbers which are deftly sleek and honed expertly, the instrumentation proficient (‘The Only One’) and the melodies concise (‘Live For The Weekend’).
Glamour Of The Kill have undoubtedly grown into a acutely accomplished quartet. Putting together eleven succinct examples of anthemic thump, life affirming it may not be, yet they laudably take their polished escapades to the nth degree here. With the likes of Bullet For My Valentine able to make intercontinental waves with their limp, third rate regurgitations, Glamour Of The Kill should by comparison rule the world by now.
Written by Tony Bliss
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