To Kill A King / Cannibals With Cutlery

A debut that will win them a lot of fans

Filed in To Kill A King, Album Reviews | Released on Cannibals With Cutlery | By Nicholas Burman

To Kill A King / Cannibals With CutleryTo Kill A King
Cannibals With Cutlery
(self released)

To Kill A King are very much an internet generation band. No big budgets, no major hype; nothing but fan adoration, inventive online videos and an approach to recreating their folk influences in a credible manner. ‘Cannibals With Cutlery’ is a broad stroke of an album – all jaunty guitars, massive choruses and intimate moments of romance. Don’t call them the next Two Door Cinema Club – although you probably could (they share scope and crossover potential in spades).

The album chimes into view with soft keys and Ralph Pelleymounter’s trademark soft growl lamenting a tale of sunshine romanticism. The strings and horns throughout add a real air of quality, whispering towards ‘Ocean Rain’ era Echo & The Bunnymen. It doesn’t take long for the guitars to kick in though; track two is a good example of the build, build, build, boom song structures TKAK focus on for much of this debut. And a focused debut it is. One of its main strengths is the amount of thought which has obviously gone behind the album structure as a whole, even the slower and less Artrocker acoustic numbers seem to slip in without causing offense/meaning it’s toilet break time.

An independent band working on a professional level with an independent aesthetic: welcome to the good that can come out of generation plugged-in. This debut will gain them fans aplenty and they join the likes of Tall Ships and TOY for acts who are proving big hype campaigns are outdated and unnecessary. Born out of one generation, TKAK could well help define an upcoming one. Sorry for the hype now though, boys.
Nicholas Burman

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