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Hereford- based Kinstrife returns with the prodigious new album, Fools and Monsters, released last Friday via Forge AMP. The album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks, alongside some unheard ones recorded at AR Studios. The concept of the LP is to introduce new listeners to the band.

The band first formed in 2013 by guitarist Alan Kaye and bassist Dave Richards, before eventually being joined by vocalist Mike Hoskins and drummer Simon Richards ( No relation to Dave). The title for this particular effort was inspired by a verse from an earlier track. Fools and Monsters bring out the best in their performance with powerful vocals and enormous riffs to keep many satisfied.

Opener "Intervention" is a previously released track this site had the pleasure to review. The song's notable frenetic pace, matched with commanding vocals, and screeching guitar lines is always a certain hit with any fans alike. Next up is the moving "Make Me", an evocative song designed to capture the emotions. " Devil's Call" is a newbie I fully enjoyed with it's dark and broody presence. Kinstrife are in full flow with further riffs to cause a shakedown, on top of Hoskins' extensive vocals that alternate between introspective and deep. Kaye's instrumental breakdowns and scintillating solos add an emotional edge.

"Bombs" assure us this is not a political song amidst the scream of air sirens. The high octane energy and hook-laden choruses add to the emphatic message behind this track. "Slow and Easy" is a robust ballad with commercial indications. The sweet melodies and perfectly arranged acoustics make it a potential anthem winner. And finally, "Stick With Me" wraps things up with an 80's metal influence. The tantalising riff hooks the ear immediately with huge vocals, pounding drums and a song hard not to forget.

Kinstrife are certainly no fools with this monster of an effort. The band's ability to appeal to different demographics with this release sets a template for their future.

Words by Anselm Anderson

Fools and Monsters is now available on all major streaming platforms, or to purchase via CD format by the band via Facebook, or all social media sites.


"Unconditional" video

"Fear" video

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