The catchy single Lights Down is the opening track and is Glamour of the Kill through and through. From the metalcore-inspired riff to the slightly pop-punk edge to the chorus vocals, this is everything they are known for. The verse has a driving rhythm with stop-start guitar riffing, before an explosive chorus kicks in that shows vocalist and bassist Davey Richmond's knack for a catchy melody. It has a sleazy feel to it, which is expanded upon in the equally sleazy accompanying video. We are all Cursed is arguably better though! It has a sense of real urgency with frantic riffing and some nice drum patterns from Ben Thomson. The verses constantly mix up the tempo, with fast and groovier sections sitting side-by-side; before a really melodic chorus takes things to the next level. Richmond's vocals always have a slightly cheesy edge to them, but they work really well and always manage to draw the listener in. Out of Control is another rocking little song and features Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) on vocals during the song's second verse. It focuses on groove, and utilises some more electronic elements, like Break from Savages. The pulsing synths really add to the overall melodic nature of the song, and sit well over the tight riffing of guitarists Mike Kingswood and Chris Gomerson. It might be too close to Break for some people's tastes, but I like this song and think the synth elements work well for the band, and I would not be surprised to see them expanding this on future works. Earthquake is another classic Glamour of the Kill-type song and features Craig Mabbitt (Blessthefall; Escape the Fate) on vocals during certain parts of the song, usually duelling with Richmond in an effective way. There is a metalcore-esque breakdown too with staccato riffing and some harsh vocals - something which the band utilise sparingly but always effectively. The EP ends with Blood Drunk which is another excellent song. This would have really sat well on The Summoning as it has more of that vibe with a catchy riff and plenty of double bass drumming. Richmond has more grit in his vocal delivery on this song too, which I like, but the chorus is more epic with soaring harmonies and subtle gang vocals from the rest of the band adding volume. It also features a nice guitar solo from Kingswood, which shows that he can play more than just chunky riffs. Overall, this is a really enjoyable piece of work from a band that needed the shot of adrenaline after a lacklustre last album. I hope this EP gets the recognition it deserves, and leads to great things for the band.
The self-released EP was released on 17th November 2014. Below is the band's promotional video for Lights Down.