Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kill for Eden 

This band seem to have been creating a bit of a buzz in classic/melodic rock circles, playing all over England, so the name was familiar although I’d not yet heard their music.  Well produced and neatly executed, Kill for Eden have technical virtuosity and a keen sense of melody that creates a contemporary classic rock sound providing an industrial sized platform for Lyla D’Souza’s powerful lead vocals.  There’s some well crafted dynamics on display with songs veering from from in-yer-face stadium metal riffing, foot tapping hook laden pop rock, taking in quiet/loud structures and clever instrumental layering.  All in all it is very well produced, intelligently constructed and sounds relatively big budget for a self-released opus.   The album opens and closes with two mixes of what appears to be the lead-off single, ‘Kerosene’,   which is catchy enough and probably the poppiest thing they’ve done, but also not the most representative of their sound.  The real rewards on here are found a bit deeper into the album; ‘Untouchables’, a heads-down rocker turns up the power, ‘Beige’ features an huge, angry vocal from D’Souza, and my favourite ‘The Evil That Men Do’ hits the spot with a soaring chorus.  Yes there are obvious elements of melodic rock and euro metal on display but there is also a side to Kill for Eden which clearly draws from alternative rock influences.  Elsewhere, towards the middle of the album, they get all Californian and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to a collaboration between 70s stadium era Fleetwood Mac and 90s glam grunge scenesters The Nymphs, with maybe a bit of Guns n’ Roses ‘Dust n’ Bones’ swagger and some monster drum beats lifted straight from 70s Brit glitter rock. There’s even a track called ‘Little Wizard’ which might just be the beginning of a whole new genre: HarryPotterCore. Good stuff.  Take a listen at

~ Alex Eruptor

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