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The glamour is all there but the killer instinct has subsided.

Touted as the-next-best-thing since whatever the last big thing that was coming out of the UK Metal scene, there appears to be a lot resting on the shoulders of Glamour Of The Kill.

Joining the likes of Asking Alexandria in bridging the gap between US and UK Metal, it is a unifying sound of bludgeoning guitars and vocals that swing from vicious screams to sweet crooning. The cause of all the fuss about GOTK was down to their 2011 debut album 'The Summoning' which was seen as the final portion of a diet of hardy touring with a helping of an EP or two.

Two years down the line and second album 'Savages' should be the breakthrough that finally links arms across the Atlantic making GOTK explode on both sides of the pond...the key word there being "should".

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The mid-tempo numbers become plodding at times and it sounds all a bit too familiar to the preceding track. That said, there is certainly power in them "thar" tracks. 'Live For The Weekend', 'Break' and the closing venom of 'Welcome To Hell' could take a listener's head off with their swiping guitar riffs and hammering drums. Throughout 'Savages' the guitar riffs are beefier and more water-tight than ever.

'The Summoning' had far more savage breakdowns and was rougher around the edges, grittier, making for an angrier example of Post-Hardcore with Melodic touches. While not a bad album, 'Savages' feels like a shiny and watered-down version of what could have been. Whether the hype has got to their or the label's collective heads is impossible to know but 'Savages' has lost the feeling of chaotic energy and buzz.

The glamour is all there but the killer instinct has subsided.

Dan Bond

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