Kill The Lights have dropped one of the hardest hitting albums of 2020 in the shape of killer opus The Sinner. The dazzling debut features former members of Bullet For My Valentine, Still Remains, Threat Signal and Throw The Fight. Here the band reveals the records that have helped them negotiate lockdown.
Bleed From Within – Fracture
I discovered this band not too long ago and they have quickly become one of my favourites. It’s the exact kind of riffing and aggression that I’ve been wanting for a long time from a metal band. Putting this album on just puts me in a good mood and makes me inspired to pick up the guitar and write some riffs. (Travis Montgomery, guitar)
John Petrucci – Terminal Velocity
This is Petrucci’s first solo album in more than10 years so it’s really nice to hear something like this from him again. He’s a huge influence on my playing and his first solo album, Suspended Animation, was a huge part in developing my playing style when I was younger and learning that music. Mike Portnoy is on drums so it’s killer to hear him and Petrucci playing together again as well. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to put an instrumental guitar album on repeat and this is definitely doing it for me. (Travis)
Bruce Dickinson – The Chemical Wedding
I always loved Iron Maiden when I was in high school/college. Brave New World seems to get a bit of hate from some of the more hardcore fans but it’s my favourite album of theirs as the songwriting is a bit more diverse. At some point I discovered Bruce Dickinson had his own band and checked out Accident Of Birth and The Chemical Wedding. Earlier this year I had a long drive ahead of me and The Chemical Wedding came into my head so I bought it on iTunes and had a great time driving home trying to keep up with Bruce’s ridiculous vocal range (I failed miserably). Such a different album compared to a lot of modern music. There’s a genuineness behind the recordings and Bruce just knocks it out of the park with his vocals and harmonies, not to mention the lyrics are utter genius. Well worth a listen for any metal fan who hasn’t checked it out yet. There’s a live Scream For Me Brazil show which sounds almost exactly like the record. (Chris Clancy, bass)
Trivium – Silence In The Snow
I’ve always been a follower of Trivium’s career. When I first heard Ascendancy I was blown away and had it on repeat for a long time. I almost felt they’d turned their back on their Ascendancy sound for a while but I’ve come to realise and respect that they just write whatever they feel like writing. They put a new album out and it’s probably not going to be like the last one. Each release has its own thing going on which is pretty brave in modern music and I wish more bands took risks like this. I heard this album when I was on a flight to Norway just after it was released and wasn’t sure what to make of it straight away but it’s become one of my favourite albums. Being a mixer, the mix on this album is one of my all-time favourites. The sheer power in the low end and the way it makes every song sound like it’s thundering through the speakers just brings it all to another level. (Chris)
Lamb Of God – Lamb Of God
Such an amazing step forward for this band. At first I was a bit worried that their sound might have suffered due to the parting of ways of (the amazing) Chris Adler. But when I put it on I was blown away how they have maintained the integrity of the band and have pushed it up a level in the songwriting. The whole record flows so good it’s one of those albums with no weak songs and should be played from start to finish. Definitely my favourite LOG album. (Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas, drums)
As I Lay Dying – Shaped By Fire
When we were in the studio recording The Sinner, AILD released the first single My Own Grave. We were all blown away by how great a song this was. It was amazing to see the band back together and that first song sounded like a breath of fresh air to us. We were all hooked and awaiting the full album and when it came out it blew me away. So nice to hear the guitar riffs and pounding drums that have been missing in metal for years. Each song on the album is well balanced with aggressive and melodic vocals – it’s a great collection of songs and one killer album. So nice to see these guys back! (Moose)
Bury Tomorrow – Cannibal
I related to this album on a deeper level because the record specifically talks about treating and dealing with mental health issues. It seems like Dani is reaching into some dark spaces on this album and talks about being ‘buried in my own head’ – a space that I am very familiar with and a source of lyrical content for The Sinner album. (James Clark, vocals)
Gojira – Magma
I love how emotionally charged this album is and the rollercoaster it takes you on as you navigate through each track. They switch from math driven riffs with heavy vocals into melodic, intimate, open, floating vocal melodies. You can sense the Duplantiers’ grief throughout this record due to the loss of their mother during the album’s inception. The band does a great job dealing with stress and anxiety as a subject matter – which is something I relate to and deal with on a daily basis. (James)
The Sinner is out now via Fearless Records.
Kill The Lights tour the UK next March with Newcastle’s Ground Culture in support.