Just last year Glamour of the Kill released one of the most powerful albums of the year. ‘Savages’ came so left field to a lot of people that it took them off guard and was one of the surprises of the year.
Now the York based post-hardcore band have gone down the same route a number of bands seem to be travelling these days, and using crowd funding to help self-release their own EPs and albums. The reason for this can quite easily come down into one of two categories. Firstly, they could quite easily want to bring their fans into the album creation process and eliminate any outside interference in creating an EP which solely they want to make. The other category is that they’re perhaps not quite as big as they would like to be and using crowd funding as a way to help create new material without having to move into a record deal that could be detrimental to their music writing procedure. Glamour of the Kill are an enigma in that respect, they create fantastic music, tour relentlessly and yet they have never garnered the amount of respect and the fan base they probably deserve.
‘After Hours’ is yet another round house kick to the ears, fast paced, suitably heavy yet melodic at the same time. The EP seems a bit like a continuation on what they produced in ‘Savages’. Everything kicks off with ‘Lights Down’ and doesn’t let up until the last note. Every track is chock full of incredible fast paced guitar work, unrelenting drum beats and chorus’ that can get any room of people chanting. Depending on your perception, there are no stand out tracks on the EP, and in the end without any down time, the EP sort of finishes abruptly before you’re even finished with the first course. ‘After Hours’ also features two guest vocalists in Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix and Escape The Fate’s Craig Mabbit, and both their respective tracks are suitably heavy and chuggy. The only gripe we have is quite possibly that you can never really tell when Davey Richmond’s vocals stop and Craig’s start, they both just sound so similar.
An incredible EP that certainly feels like a small sequel to ‘Savages’, we just wish there were more of ‘After Hours‘ to get ourselves stuck into, as it finishes as furiously as it starts.