HOWARD JONES AND LIGHT THE TORCH RETURN
Howard Jones has one of the most recognizable voices out of the NWOAHM movement which began at the turn of the century. His ability to growl and sing melodically is second to none. If you’re even remotely a fan of any of his work, you’ve had at least one of his songs stuck in your head.
Killswitch Engage will almost always be mentioned when discussing Howard. The band has meant so much to so many people. It is the vehicle that helped most of us get to know him. His voice has been a big part of the band’s rise to prominence. Consider how big a track like “End Of Heartache”, was and how that opened the door for the band to get on the second iteration of MTV’s Headbangers Ball. The floodgates opened after that.
So after leaving the band, it was no surprise that the first band he would be involved in would try and copy his previous success. But Devil You Know always seemed to fall a little flat. It was good, but something was missing. It was as if they were trying to be Killswitch Lite, but kind of falling short.
Light The Torch always seemed to be about playing to the band’s strengths, and that’s Howard’s voice. The players are all tremendous, Light The Torch is completely focused on bringing out Howard and his voice, and those earworm melodies.
The band’s first album under the name Light The Torch was Revival. It was them recentering themselves, saying sure we have Howard, but we don’t have to try and live in his past to make it.
You Will Be The Death Of Me is even more refined. The songs focus even more on Howard’s voice. Can you say holy huge choruses Bat-man? The songs are more polished and sonically are more modern sounding. The emphasis is completely put on creating gigantic choruses that get stuck in your head. If Howard’s voice did this in the past, they turn it up a thousand percent on You Will Be The Death Of Me.
If you love the melodic side of Howard’s voice then, you’ll love this album. It will definitely be something you’ll want to check out. The music is also great, helping provide the perfect sweet and sour mix to the album. You’ll Be The Death Of Me is a very solid album, several tracks have already made the Patron curated playlist.
Here is Lite The Torch with the title track off of their latest album More Than Dreaming.
Check out the latest album by Light The Torch You Will Be The Death Of Me
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