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To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery

To Kill A King – Cannibals With Cutlery
Hayley Kilhams

To Kill A King’s debut album makes its way onto the musical meal table on February 24th, 2013 and they are still astounding with their five part harmonies, orchestral strings and rousing brass highlights.

Ralph Pelleymounter’s distinctive lead vocals are part stark honesty and part fluid balladeer, making for a mercurial and thought provoking offering. Well produced, it boasts the production talents of Jim Abbiss (Bombay Bicycle Club, Arctic Monkeys) but lacking the manufactured, factory cast similarity to other albums…….it’s all about the music.

Brave decisions have been made to include the 42 second title track “Cannibals With Cutlery” which kisses goodbye to formulaic album production and gives a strong nod to creative control. Rousing, orchestral builds and sentimental, dignified assents make this an impressive debut.  Stand out tracks include “Choices”, a melting pot, full of lilting guitar and lifting vocals building into layered harmonies. “Children who start fires”, carefully picked, softly spoken lyrics matched with strings that appear to sing the sixth vocal. Also the domestic love song “I work nights and you work days” which appeals for its Neil Hannanesque whimsy and everyman delivery.

Whether they were performing in an arena or on a railway platform the result would be the same, a lack of excess, original and well crafted, it cuts to the heart like all good cannibals should…even the polite ones.

Verdict 8.5

The album is available for pre-order here and you can also get your hands on tickets for their upcoming tour here (including two dates supporting Bastille – 22 and 27 March).

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