Written by Chris Panico
Evolving into a more guitardriven world, To Kill a King’s new release is a change of pace since their first full length, Cannibals With Cutlery.
Several tracks on the album manage to develop a great, energetic groove. “Love Is Not Control”, the second tune on the record, uses an interplay of guitar and bass to create an exciting movement for the vocals to ride on. The high energy accompaniment grabs the listener’s attention and, frankly, makes it hard to stop listening. However, the lyrics of the song don’t quite live up to the arrangement. King’s use of refrain honestly sounds like more of a punk rock chorus, just set to the wrong music.
“School Yard Rumours” is graced with the same energy as “Love Is Not Control”, but very few other tracks can boast the same. To Kill A King, for the most part, sounds very much like a more affordable version of artists like Imagine Dragons, Bastille, or Avicii. While the group does a pretty good job of emulating their mentors, they don’t do much to set themselves apart. Between the overused, anthemic gang vocals, and the fact that singer Ralph Pelleymounter sounds just like Aloe Blacc, it’s hard to find too much original appeal from the group.
To Kill A King is not what I would call a bad album, but it’s also not what I would call a good one either. It is a pretty competent emulation of what many other popular groups have been doing for the last couple of years.
Rating: 5.5 out of 10