ALBUM REVIEW: Kill The Lights – The Sinner

Release Date: August 21st 2020
Label: Fearless Records


The latest supergroup to emerge from various corners of the metal scene are Kill The Lights, and they’re armed ready with their debut full-length album, ‘The Sinner’.

Joining the ranks are James Clark (Throw The Fight) on vocals, guitarists Jordan Whelan (Still Remains) and Travis Montgomery (Threat Signal), Davey Richmond (Glamour Of The Kill) on bass, and finally drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas (ex-Bullet For My Valentine) behind the kit. If you have a particular itch that needs scratching then ‘The Sinner’ should deliver that, and then some.

After a Winston Churchill sample, which suggests plenty of ambition, ‘Shed My Skin’ comes roaring out the traps. It becomes very clear which hymn sheet this sings from, taking you right back to the mid-2000s; no doubt this is reminiscent of bands like Trivium, Killswitch Engage, and, of course, Bullet For My Valentine. We have a rousing chorus, plenty of chunky riffs, and a double-time section with a flamboyant guitar solo. Of course, Kill The Lights have lots of experience between them, but the level of musical accomplishment is apparent and impressive for album one. Whatever you think of the era of metalcore this harks back to, it’s undeniably very well done.

‘Watch You Fall’ opens with an almighty riff, and also features plenty of ‘Ascendancy’ era Trivium similarities, as well as another blistering solo that compliments the song perfectly. Perhaps more importantly, this song also has one of the most memorable vocal hooks on the album.

‘Open Your Eyes’ is another highlight, which succeeds the best on heaviness before another infectious chorus, and the slight suspense at the end really elevates proceedings. ‘Plagues’ is another mid-tempo number which deviates slightly from the usual template, and the heavy section is actually somewhat surprising.

Only ‘Tear Me Apart’ would be a weak point song-wise, being quite limp in comparison to the other offerings, but there’s a few slight niggles overall. Not only are the musical reference points a little obvious at times, but there’s also some clichéd lyrical passages and a screamed-verses-clean-chorus formula at hand which is perhaps relied upon a bit too much.

At least we have some highlights in the closing sections. ‘Sober’ has the best chorus on the album, and ‘Unloved’ has some nice call-backs to Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold in places, making for a rousing and powerful ending track.

Whilst there ultimately isn’t really anything new being brought to the table, it’s still hard not to get on board if you’re fond of what this album takes from. All things considered, ‘The Sinner’ is a solid and enjoyable debut album.