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'The Faustian Delusion'
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Jools Green

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If, like me, you enjoyed the debut self titled EP by Exeter based 'Kill All The Gentlemen' in 2013 then the good news is they have a follow up EP, 'The Faustian Delusion'.

My only minor disappointment was that I was expecting a full length BUT this is quality over quantity, four tracks and an intro spanning twenty three minutes of face ripping delight, as anyone who has had the pleasure of catching the single, 'Eritis Sicut Deus', which they released to tantalise us in early December, will testify.

Soundwise, they return with a more personal 'Kill All The Gentlemen' stamp to their sound which I had hoped and suspected would happen. It's also even tighter, not that it was anyway sloppy on the debut EP, merely an observation and not a criticism as there are no instrumental fillers this time.

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I liked the instrumentals last time and they worked, but it's just as good without and makes the whole EP sound even more brutal, because it gets straight down to business after an eerie, brief, thirty second intro and stays there, totally in your face for the duration

The track is made listenable with well placed chunks of melody, balancing against the harsh vocal screams which are still able deliver the lyrics with clarity, punchy riffs and pummelling drum work.

The first track, 'At your Peril' opens on such an almighty blood curdling scream your attention is grabbed immediately, then it's straight into those punchy technical edged riffs delivered at full speed with pummelling drums. Midway a generous lead segment adds melody and breaks it up without losing any power or aggression at all. Keeping it very listenable throughout is a subtly underlying groove which balances nicely against the harsh, well delivered vocals.

The EP single, 'Eritis Sicut Deus', has a catchy repeat running through, giving an addictive groovy feel, while the vocals belt out over the top, midway a tempo and direction switch before turning more melodic with the groovy riffing returning. The tempo drops surprisingly and dramatically, midway through the second half allowing for the focus to be on the vocal delivery before a closing segment of lead work, a stunning track.

In stark contrast 'Raped by Ghosts' opens gently and subtly with defined guitar work, building as the drums and bass come into the mix, but a minute and a half in and the former tight punchy pace is resumed, a good mix of higher and lower vocals, the melody dancing around the riffs and midway great lead work that heralds a ramping up of pace to a manic proportions, before suddenly dropping away to subtle guitars, re-building with the return of drums and vocals.

I love the closing backing vocals, a superbly addictive and varied track that holds your interest throughout.

Final track 'Colder' opens on an almost inaudible child or female voice that lends a sinister edge before the guitars arrive with a groovy repeat, a pause then all hell breaks loose as the pace elevates. There are fast intense riffs, the best vocals of the release for range of depth and height of delivery, superb backing vocal layering and layer upon layer of riffs, with second half sinister guitar repeat to the close, before ending on the same sound bite as is found at the beginning.

I thought the first four tracks were good but 'Kill all the Gentlemen' may well have saved their very best for last, but it's a close call.

The studio version of 'The Faustian Delusion' sounds so intense and exciting I can only begin to imagine the impact these tracks will have when I see them played live. A highly recommended listen and one that's guaranteed to clear away all those brain cobwebs.

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