Considering the recent craze concerning vampires that is sweeping the entertainment industry, it is highly unlikely that Vampires Everywhere! chose their name by coincidence, and who can blame them for choosing such a cliché name? It’s bound to help them get some attention, especially from a younger audience who barely know what day it is because their nose is constantly in a Twilight book, or they’re on some online forum debating over Team Jacob or Team Edward. Listening to their album, ‘Kiss The Sun Goodbye’, it’s easy to say that any first impressions set on the band judging on their name alone are most likely correct.
The music is very youthful aimed, albeit a mixture of screamo/hardcore, and the quality of the band itself isn’t all that good either. You can imagine they’ll be a favourite band for helping youngsters just getting into the scene easily, and it is hard to imagine them making a bigger name for themselves judging by this album.
‘Undead Heart’ is a pretty decent track, the haunting keys add atmosphere to the song and the drums are used to good effect. The riff is simple, but it works, and it is the track which is imaginable being the one that will be a favourite with their fans. The vocals, though, as on all the other tracks, remind me too much of a second rate version of Oli Sykes, and the vocalist seems to stumble along at times, something that you don’t want from a frontman of an alternative metal band like this.
‘Carnage At The Castle’ is a sure head-nodder of a track, and manages to keep you engaged all the way through. The only thing that lets it down is the amateurish riff, which sounds like it could be a favourite with budding guitarists with its ease to replicate, but it sounds out of place, too high-pitched and it’s as if the band have used it because they couldn’t think of another one to fit. The solo however is impressive, and it’s good to hear that the guitarist can actually play. The Asking Alexandria-esque synth is too formulaic, but it is a nice addition to the nearing of the end of the track.
The Katy Perry cover of ‘Teenage Dream’ is just awful. Fair enough, the band may have put it in as a comedy factor, but when the rest of the tracks aren’t that great it becomes a challenge to distinguish which track on the record is the biggest joke. It’s easy to see that it becoming an easy favourite with the fans because their targeted audience, quite simply, wouldn’t have grown up. You’ve got to be talented to pull off a cover of a well-known song, and sadly the band just don’t cut it.
As I’ve mentioned, the band will surely appeal to a much younger audience, but for seasoned music lovers, stay clear of this band. Chances are they’ll just annoy you.
Written by Rhys Milsom