It seems that there is a sudden swell of excitement around British quartet Light The Skies primarily because of their new EP, Human. Creating an attention luring sound built on a fusion of post hardcore with melodic metal influences, it maybe that the band has been on the radar of a great many before now but it is with their potential fuelled new release that the rest of us might just be catching on.
It is hard to say there are many major surprises within the six songs making up the EP but each is an accomplished and imagination built proposal easily enticing ears. Since forming during their college days in 2013, the Birmingham band has grown into a potent live force, sharing stages with the likes of Ghost Town, Palisades, Boy Jumps Ship, Alverez Kings, Scream Blue Murder, Lock & Key, Beyond Recall, and Templeton Pek along the way. The Human EP is a new step up in their ascent, a release sure to be nudging national awareness of the band’s dynamic sound.
The EP opens up with Animals, a track which promises much but does not always deliver yet leaves a definite intrigue to hear more. Its muscular opening with the probing beats of drummer Sam Hemus make a potent coaxing, escalating as just as intensive riffs and grooves from the guitars of Will Douglas and Charlie Elliott grip the senses. With the heavy tones of Conor Browne’s bass seducing it is a formidable start capped by the raw throated cries of Douglas. A sudden slip into mellow climes with clean vocals is a less potent move for personal tastes though redeemed by the great band harmonies which lead back into the tempestuous roar of the song.
Continuing to switch between its increasingly imaginative stages the song is ultimately a powerful and pleasing start to the release and soon matched by Distractions. Its gentler melodic opening paves the way for a tantalising mix of Douglas’ clean vocals and a web of guitar enterprise speared by the shadowy yet flirtatious nature of the bass. With a lighter climate throughout compared to the tempestuous air of its predecessor, the song is a radiant tempting with keys and melodies as suggestive as the emotion lining the eventful song.
Acclimate uncages its own irritable storm of sound and intensity straight after, a challenge nicely tempered by warmer vocals and melodic endeavour as rhythms intrude upon the senses. It many ways it is as poppy as it is aggressively raw, veering more towards the latter the further into its creative and emotional turbulence it ventures though still it makes room for more welcoming ideas.
Looking Back unites the same kind of contrasts in an infectious stroll with a forcibly anthemic chorus and heavier textures which prowl its body throughout while its successor Ourselves is an acoustic caress with Douglas showing the strength of his harmonic tones. The first of the pair is a certain highlight of the EP with the second increasingly beguiling, their individual qualities combined by the closing drama of Distance. As its start, Human ends with a song which fully satisfies if without finding all the ingredients which ignite other tracks but each nurtures an appetite to hear more from Light The Skies; a success in anyone’s book.
Human is out now via Snowhill Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human-ep/id1154785404
Pete RingMaster 04/11/2016
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