One Last Thrill’s brand new EP, The Universe and Human Stupidity, will be coming to an MP3 near you and boy should you be excited! The first track of the EP, About Me, has one of the most unique introductions to a metal song. But holy shit that intro. My heart was pounding in the same way it would if architects had jumped on stage. Flawless, cinematic sound. The whole track-list has a great sound and the band have infused harmonies from lead singer Steph Whitehead, with vocals from Gareth Haskins, also on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. They have similar tones but different pitches making it sound really authentic and rock-y. Throughout, I was really impressed with the beats and riffs that make the band seem like they’ve been together forever and really give them a classic sound. There are times in the EP when I feel like we need to hear more of Steph’s vocal ability because she has a great tone that works so well with the instruments but this need is almost always fulfilled by Gareth’s harmonies. All the songs are upbeat and would definitely get you moving at a gig, but Steph’s lead vocals bring them down to earth to give a really enjoyable and relaxing sound. You could literally listen to this EP anywhere, it’s that diverse. Disguise is the last song on the track list and is just a really nice acoustic track infused with some country or western influences that, once again work beautifully with Steph’s voice but also provide a unique and enjoyable sound. What’s this though? A breakdown in an acoustic track. Wow, this band have gained a fan for life in me.
If you also enjoy the musical tone of bands like Architects and to a certain extent Lower Than Atlantis, but enjoy the slow and beautiful vocals of Evanesence, you will love One Last Thrill. This is an EP that gives all the signs of a band heading to stardom and I cannot wait to hear more from them! Good job guys.