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Killing Floor by Rival Shadows

Welcome back yet again to me talking about another new artist to the blog! Today we're talking about Rival Shadows. Rival Shadows is the musical alias of Liam Kohlar, hailing from Lancashire Rival Shadows creates alt-rock music with inspiration from the likes of Radiohead and Bombay Bicycle Club. Yesterday (Friday 26th March), Rival Shadows put out their latest track 'Killing Floor'. 

I had no idea what to expect from this release. I knew it was alt-rock and I think, at this point, we all know I am a massive fan of alt-rock, and it's one of my favourite genres of all time. So, going on the genre basis I had some expectations, that I'd, at the very least, like this track. I also knew that Megan always sends me great musicians, so there I also had some sort of expectation. The overall expectation for this track was that I'd at least like the track 50% because it was alt-rock and Megan had sent it across to me. 

The intro had me a bit confused, and a bit sceptical about how good this was going to be, but then when it kicked in, I had a clearer indication of the direction of the track. I really like the vocals on the track. It has a bit of a different sound to what I was expecting, this to me, sounding a bit more refined, a bit more towards Radio 1 alt-rock than I expected, but that's not a bad thing. It's nice that Rival Shadows is starting off with this refined sound. The sound, I would say is comparable to the likes of You Me At Six's recent albums, and I love YMAS so I can't complain about the sound. 

The direction of the track falls more into place the further into it you get, and I do really like this track. I think it packs a good enough punch, and if you like your Radio 1 alt-rock bands then you might really enjoy this track. There were parts of the track where I felt like there was going to be a tempo change, or something more to happen, but it didn't, it was delayed until a few seconds later, and I quite liked that element of surprise within the track. I think it's a nice sound, and the vocals are incredible! I like 'Killing Floor' more than I expected to like it. The more I listen to the track, the more it grows on me, and the more I want to listen to it. 

I'm pretty impressed with the track, I may not have expected the track to sound the way it does, but I'm still impressed with it, and I still think it's a pretty solid track. The instrumental outro in the track is extraordinary, I love that it also blends nicely into the beginning of the track if you're listening to it on repeat. I'm pretty impressed. Rival Shadows have exceeded my expectations with this track, and I'm pretty excited to see what happens next. 

Overall, I'd give it a 4 out of 5 lemons. I'm really impressed with this track, and if you do like your alt-rock or you're on the hunt for a new artist to support, then go check out Rival Shadows! There's definitely a lot of potential for success here, and I can see there being a big appeal to the sound and the music created by Rival Shadows. 

Where To Find Rival Shadows; 

Apple Music 

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