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'Living On Mars' EP
(Self Released)
Release Date: 18 November 2013

Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland

kill for eden

Kill For Eden are a four piece London based rock band who having released a critically acclaimed debut album only in May have decided to strike while the iron is hot and release an EP in November featuring one song from the debut plus two new tunes. I guess this is how fast moving the modern music biz has become!

The band's sound is based around lead singer Lyla D'Souza's powerful but tuneful vocals. She comes across as a little bit of a throwback to the 70s and 80s to me with a touch of soul in there and is far from just being an out and out screamer.

This is obvious during the EP's title track (taken from the debut album) where she fills in the gaps in the stop start guitar riffing with soulful wails before yelping angrily lines like: "See how you like it", in a chorus aimed at the ex the song is about. The big guitar solo at the end lets the rest of the band shine too.

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First of the new tunes, 'The Dome' is a heavier more modern sounding affair alternating between quiet, reflective passages and frantic sections full of riffing and screaming but it all hangs together pretty well with memorable vocal and guitar hooks along the way and another fine guitar solo.

Final track 'Shoot Me' is a groovier, more bass heavy song with Lyla's melancholy tale of heartache and sorrow on the verses leading to a big riff and memorable chorus. After a few plays I found this song quite addictive and the best of the three on offer here.

Verdict: As someone who hasn't yet heard the debut album I was impressed with this EP, it sounds like a talented band with some old hard rock roots but they don't sound dated and have a fine and unusual vocalist to boot.

It bodes well that the newer songs were the stronger to my ears too. If you are into the likes of Halestorm or are an old rocker who yearns for the halcyon days of Joanna Dean and Chrissy Steele then this is a band that are definitely worth checking out.

Lyla D'Souza-vocals
Dave Garfield-Guitars
Andrea Basiola-Guitars
Wally MMiroshnikov-Drums
Mike McGuiness-Bass


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