Kill Chaos have been creating something of a name for themselves on the live circuit for the past few years, supporting the likes of Reef, Arctic Monkeys, Frank Turner and about to open up for Jamie Lenman in December; all this despite having a name like a dodgy late-80’s German thrash metal band.
“PromisesPromises” is their long-awaited debut full-length album and it’s immediate from the off that the band have worked hard in trying to capture that crucial live spark that so many bands aim for, with opening song ‘Boy Done Good’ crashing in on a bass riff and pacey drum beat before the Clash-like vocals drive the song forward into a melodic and anthemic chorus. To be honest, it is a little unmemorable once the album has moved on but in the moment it’s an energetic burst of youthful anger that’ll no doubt go down a storm live.
‘Falling Down’ brings a dose of late-90’s Foo Fighters to the mix, a radio-friendly hook and bouncy alt-rock groove proving to be one of the more memorable moments on the album before the heavier ‘Futures’ moves in and re-enforces those 90’s alternative punk/metal influences. “We Came Here to Die” captures the spirit of Jane’s Addiction but with a little more punk rock, whilst elsewhere the brooding ‘OK on the OK’ provides some metallic crunch amongst the fittingly obnoxious lyrics.
There’s a lot of passion and hard work gone into “PromisesPromises” that is all too evident when you listen to it, but Kill Chaos are a band that wear their influences on their sleeve in a way that leaves very little room for expansion when looking forward. As is usually the case when a band has been around for a while before making an album, the songs are carefully crafted and influences obvious and it will (hopefully) be album number two where we will see Kill Chaos start to bring their own vibe to the party. If you’re going to see them on tour with Jamie Lenman then “PromisesPromise” is a worthy representation of their live sound and will provide you with plenty of enjoyment when listening to it after the event but on its own merit as an album the enjoyment is a little limited when put up against the best works of the bands that Kill Chaos are aspiring to be like. If you’ll excuse the pun, Kill Chaos aren’t fully formed yet but “PromisesPromises” does show – ahem! – promise.
Kill Chaos December 2013 Tour Dates (as support to Jamie Lenman):
04/12 – Green Door Store, Brighton
05/12 – Temple, Birmingham
06/12 – King Tuts, Glasgow
07/12 – Night and Day, Manchester
08/12 – Thekla, Bristol
09/12 – The Garage, London