When a global pandemic puts the brakes on touring, performing, and just generally leaving the house, what else is a band to do but record an album? Fresh off the back of signing with Arising Empire, To Kill Achilles have been working away behind the scenes on their latest album, ‘Something To Remember Me By’.
The Dundee five-piece teeter somewhere between post-hardcore, alternative rock and metal, touching base with each but never fully immersing themselves in anything, avoiding that pesky habit of being pigeon-holed. There are definitely influences from the last decade of alternative bands who show themselves on the album, some of which are reminiscent of teenage years in cramped venues with sticky floors and warm beer watching the likes of late 00s, post-hardcore bands such as The Blackout and Madina Lake, with ‘In Vain’ being a prime example.
It’s not the only occasion, either. ‘Luna Et Altum’ is like early era Sleeping With Sirens, but amped up tenfold, if not more, while ‘Oh God, I’ve Never Felt This Low’ draws on the bleaker, cynical hard rock from bands like Funeral For A Friend and Bullet For My Valentine.
It definitely feels like ‘Something To Remember Me By’ takes inspiration from the darker side of life, with most tracks having a despondent, downbeat tone. ‘Black Marble’ is soft, open, and a reflection of the despair many of us are feeling right now, and ‘We Only Exist When We Exist Together’ is stripped-back, although sluggish at points. Nonetheless, it shows that To Kill Achilles aren’t afraid of being vulnerable, and, hey, some of the biggest bands in history made their name with albums that wallowed in misery.
It’s through this vulnerability, however, that To Kill Achilles open themselves up. The album is melodic, honest, and willing to let listeners in, but there are still moments of full-throttle energy (‘On My Mind’) and wild chaos (’21:36′) that will connect fans and bring live crowds out of their shells someday.
Their label signing is still fresh and there’s still some fine-tuning to be done, but To Kill Achilles have sewn the seeds of something special with ‘Something To Remember Me By’.