I caught up with the esoteric gentlemen from Jack the Giant Killer to record what was a gargantuan video interview promoting their upcoming EP Alight. Unfortunately I lost this footage when I left my laptop in the front seat of a maxi-taxi – Doh!
Jack the Giant Killer are streaming their release here before it drops on May 17. I thought I would make it up to the guys by reviewing the opus track by track as I have my first listen.
Tired and Dark opens the proceedings with a heavy onslaught of riffs. There is already a unique use of guitar tones that helps distinguish Alight from other releases of a similar ilk. The uses of high notes is also fresh in a scene where everyone is striving for the deepest most brutal sounds. Speaking of brutal, following a melodic mid section Tired and Dark includes a very heavy hitting breakdown – Boo-Yah!
Slow down the pace and you have Fear and Ruin, this track has been available to listen for a while now. Heavy chugs and blast beats run hand in hand here. I really enjoy the aggression on the track. There are some really juicy flairs that make this song pop – be sure to take note of this during the particularly crushing outro!
Wolves and Martyrs opens eerily and features some nice stop and start dynamics in the first half of the song. Lots of conventions in the Hardcore genre being used to great effect here. Wolves and Martyrs is very catchy, and the groove really swots you back and forth. It’s clear JTGK like to end their tracks on a heavy note as Wolves and Martyrs offers the fattest breakdown on the entire record.
Moths and Memories features a smattering of little technical intricacies woven into the song. I was about to make mention that the song structure was becoming the least bit repetitive in nature when Moths and Memories changes pace completely. The clean vocals on this track sound really nice too an element in heavy music I don’t usually like. Moths and Memories is definitely the most varied and interesting track so far.
Alone and Lost has a completely different feel to the previous songs, and I feel as if it may have disrupted the continuity that Alight most certainly creates. The addition of produced elements is also a change here. The guitar work halfway through the song is very delicate and pleasant before the energy drops back down, and builds back purportedly with marching band style snare rolls and some of the most impressive vocals on the entire release.
Alight is heavy, as dynamic as it is varied and features extremely high production values. It is clear that monumental effort has been made by each member of the band, as the technical side of their playing is pushed to the brink. Jack the Giant Killer have displayed mature song writing skills, and not only create a record that is sure to offer more with each listen, but a record that you want to take right back to the start after the last note falls silent!