Three songs from three guys: that’s the eponymous debut EP release from Glastonbury, England’s Kiloton Tiger. The band describes themselves as “conceived on a whim from the ashes of several older bands.”The trio found that they clicked, and started laying down the tracks that would become Kiloton Tiger.
The album sounds terrific--and it’s a home recording! The group used amp simulators for the guitar and bass tracks, combining simulators across multiple tracks to get “that unforgiving wall of sound,” as they call it. On top of this, drum sounds are samples. The only reason we know all of this is because Kiloton Tiger told us: it sure doesn’t sound like a software-driven set. They clearly know what they’re doing in the studio.
Musically, the EP is heavy with tight, technical rhythm patterns locked in with heavy, riffing guitars. Prog-metal fans will feel at home here. A high point is the vocals, which shine throughout. Even better, the songs all have melody, which is very welcome in this genre of music. On top of this, Kiloton Tiger isn’t afraid of the occasional major chord, which serves to enhance the drama of the darker, more dissonant passages.
The band makes good use of their studio skills throughout the set. A good example is the beginning of “Give Me The Night,” where clean guitars, swirling around drum parts, blend well against some evil distorted riffs. When the song turns heavy, the vocals cut through well.
Yes, there’s melody, and some clean guitars, but let’s be clear: these guys are intense. “Hollow” is a double-bass-drum workout with riffs to spare. The band makes good use of the wah pedal for some fingers-flying solos, as you’d hope. “In The Way” kicks you in the face with its driving guitar parts. Call it melodic metal, if you like, but they get the job done.
Kiloton Tiger tells us they have much more material to unleash on the world. Their debut collaboration is reason to be excited for it.
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