Album: Outlaws And Prodigals EP
Record Label: ANGR Records
Release: September 27th, 2011
- Outlaws And Prodigals
- Deperation Calls
- Outlaws And Prodigals (Acoustic)
Kiros is set to release their three song “Outlaws and Prodigals EP” September 27th on ANGR Records. A three track EP featuring two original songs and the third being an acoustic version of the title track.
Track one “Outlaws and Prodigals” pops with a nifty drum fill into an explosion of distorted guitars. All the while a nicely toned tremolo picked lead with clouds of reverb covering everything else like a blanket. A great way to begin things up till the verse where everything dies out. A palm muted rhythm section that obviously does not fill the ears with sound so it gets covered up by an acoustic guitar and a string section covering the foundation. There is nothing wrong with the way they did things, but it all just seems like filler. Just filling in a boring section with something to keep from sounding mundane.
The same can be said about the second track “Desperation Calls”. A decent intro that goes into a verse with a melody that does not catch any attention from the listener. Nothing to special up till the bridge with a section of group singing resounds. Probably a fun song to hear live but after a few listens gets repetative and redundant after a while.
The songs from section to section have a pretty decent flow. Both songs contain pretty basic song structure through out with no real surprises. Decent vocals with decent melody help the songs go from point A to point B. There is great tone in the singing but do not contain a lot of variation and lack emotion. Best way would have been to probably raise the key of the songs a half to maybe a full step. You want the vocalist to be comfortable but for the style a little more emotion would be more effective.
Overall: This may be a pretty short review but what is there to really say about two songs? Lyrically nothing to riveting but definitely rings true in a Gospel sense. It has the potential to keep people going for a little until it gets over played. The lack of variation leaves this release unappealing. I do look forward to hearing what this band has to come. What seems to be a rush in production shows the signs of great potential. I suggest if you enjoy this band you pick up “Outlaws and Prodigals EP” by Kiros and decide for yourself.