ALBUM / EP REVIEW Chandrian Kill - Bring Out Your Dead EP
I've had Bring Out Your Dead the debut EP from Chandrian Kill
on regular play for the last couple of weeks, finally finding some time
to jot down a few thoughts. For those, like me, who are new to the band,
Chandrian Kill are made up of Nic Whitmore (ex Number One Son) and Ted
Clarke (ex Moesaboa, and My Life in the Making) who have both been around
the rock/metal scene a fair bit with those previous projects. It shows,
as from the very start of opening track, I Collide, the songwriting
and musicianship sounds accomplished. The music kicks in immediately
with no introduction needed. The vocals have a confident air, laying
down a strong building melody, well suited to the proggy guitar undertones
before switching to a harsher metal growl as the riffs and licks develop
towards a more industrial feel for the chorus. As an introduction to
the band it certainly is a song that grabs the attention. The structure
is one of constant change with each section naturally leading to the
next. The regular shifts drive the song relentlessly onwards, no rest
given, with new twists added each time round until the ending, stopping
as abruptly as the beginning.
A similar head bobbing tempo remains for second track Filter Off,
a song that breathes pure musicality and invention. Guitar lines wrap
a polyrythmic groove around another memorable vocal melody for the main
hook, while whispered verses float over atmospheric bass driven soundscapes
that switch to djenty accented riffs whenever the vocals adopt a throaty
roar. By now it is apparent Chandrian Kill have a lot of ideas at their
disposal. Thankfully they throw them into the mix without ever seeming
to lose song direction and wander off into unneccessary elongated egotistical
Remain Alive is the final track on the EP and is more traditional
in its songwriting approach. The beautiful airy verses seem to be a
Chandrian Kill trademark, and the soaring chorus doesn't disappoint
here either, but there are less surprises to this track. The three minute
mark trips a harder funkier metal break before the chorus leads the
way to the end, finishing on a satisfying power chord. Incidentally,
the first song feels like an ideal track to follow next so it's really
easy to leave this EP on repeat, playing over and over, such is the
way the tracks sit together.
If you haven't guessed, I really like this record. Bring Out Your Dead
is a beautifully crafted EP. Fans of the prog/metal genres should find
a lot to get their teeth into with Chandrian Kill and it feels to me
like this is just the start of something great.
Here's the lyric vid for the first track, I Collide...
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