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ex-Bullet For My Valentine drummer launches Kill The Lights

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 10:49 AM PT


Official press release:

Michael 'Moose' Thomas has seen it all. As a founding member of Welsh metal titans Bullet For My Valentine, he lived a rock'n'roll dream that few ever get to see with their own eyes – winning awards, selling millions of albums, touring with his idols, and playing numerous sold-out headline shows and becoming one of the biggest metal exports in UK history. After parting ways with the band he formed to focus on his family three years ago, 2019 sees the drummer extraordinaire back where he belongs in international new band Kill The Lights.

"I'm super grateful and excited to be back. I can't wait for everyone to hear this," grins Moose, of the new project completed by singer James Clark (Throw The Fight), guitarists Jordan Whelan (Still Remains) and Travis Montgomery (Threat Signal), and bassist Davey Richmond (Glamour Of The Kill).

"When I parted company with the old band, musically I was just sitting around doing fuck all and realised I had worked too hard and come too far to turn around," continues Moose. "I thought I'd get in touch with Jordan and sent him a text asking, 'Got any riffs or what?!' Before I knew it, he had sent me 30 or 40 songs. I was like, 'Erm, okay!' I couldn't believe it."

"I'm a hobby songwriter," explains Jordan, "which means I'm writing every day, whether it's for a band or not. I've known Moose since I was a 19 year-old kid. Funnily enough, his first tour in the States was opening up for my band, then he said we should jump on a tour with them through the UK – which ended up being the Kerrang! Tour of 2006. The chemistry was there right off the bat and I knew right away this could be something that takes over the world."

?Frontman James Clark joined after auditioning on a demo of what would become the group's debut single, "The Faceless."

"We all want to do something fresh, and for me it was about exploring some of the throwback metal more like Maiden or Priest that I felt had gotten lost over the years, but in a new way, " says the singer. "'The Faceless' is a song for those that have spent their lives in the shadows, never felt good enough, or just struggled to fit in or feel a part of something. The song is a message to the broken... it's time to be seen, it's time to be heard. From darkness to light we are all the same - we are the faceless."

The track was recorded in Blackpool with esteemed producer/mixer Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Trivium, Machine Head). Directed by Video Ink, watch the official video for 'The Faceless' here:


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If you get the feeling Moose is making up for lost time, that's partly because he's learned just how loyal his fans have been over the downtime since his exit from the band he started as a 17 year-old. He's kept his feet firmly on the ground and remains grateful for the unwavering support shown for his next creative venture.

"Fans didn't have to stick around on my social media but they have. People have stayed with me asking what's happening next. Metalheads have always been amazingly loyal, there's a real community out there. I definitely think this album will surprise everyone and it's all guns blazing for 2019 – starting with our first single and video right now. All I've ever wanted to do is play heavy metal and that's all I will continue to do."

Merging contemporary metal with very classic British influences, Kill The Lights are a tornado of neck-snapping rhythms and skyscraper chorus hooks, determined to make 2019 their own. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon.


23 comments


166 days ago
Someone kill the lights on this clowns music career

anonymous
166 days ago
damn i was hoping for another dead musician post

anonymous
166 days ago
sounds better than anything The actual Faceless have been putting out

166 days ago
Kill The Comments

anonymous
166 days ago
Hasn't this been 10000 band names already

anonymous
166 days ago
The ego that it takes to write a press release of that size is astronomical. The song is a 2/10 at best. Drop the ego bud.

anonymous
166 days ago
I guarantee no one read all that crap. I know I didn't. Band name sounds so...dark

anonymous
166 days ago
2 Eight Year Olds 69ing

anonymous
166 days ago
OH SHIT THIS ISNT GOOGLE !!!!

anonymous
166 days ago
GUYS HOW DO I DELETE COMMENTS ON HERE??? I DIDNT MEAN TO TYPE THAT

anonymous
166 days ago
gay fckery. no care. still remains was tier 2 golden age (02-06) metalcore


166 days ago
The chemistry was there right off the bat and I knew right away this could be something that takes over the world.

anonymous
166 days ago
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166 days ago
damn it was so hard to read that first paragraph

anonymous
166 days ago
Good Lord. Yall are acting like this band is the equivalent of a corrupt government a few weeks into prepping to destroy a few skyscrapers and deceive an entire population into giving up their freedom while simultaneously entering the country into endless shadow conflict for decades. They're not THAT bad. Good friends of mine in fact.

anonymous
165 days ago
You guys like ass porn? Check out Asa Akira she's FOYnE.

anonymous
165 days ago
anonymous17 hours ago
Hasn't this been 10000 band names already

^ you beat me to it. Go to any shit scene in the world, walk up to the dude wearing too tight of pants and hair with too much product in it and ask him his band's name, it's HIT THE LIGHTS.

anonymous
165 days ago
10000 fists in my butt

anonymous
165 days ago
anonymous1 hour ago
anonymous17 hours ago
Hasn't this been 10000 band names already

^ you beat me to it. Go to any shit scene in the world, walk up to the dude wearing too tight of pants and hair with too much product in it and ask him his band's name, it's HIT THE LIGHTS.


and not even metal bands. we're talkin the silly bubblegum pop-punk with major key breakdowns type bands

anonymous
165 days ago
anonymous14 hours ago
gay fckery. no care. still remains was tier 2 golden age (02-06) metalcore


still remains had one good album. roadrunner thought they'd be the american Soilwork and it just didn't happen.

anonymous
165 days ago
Serviceable. I wouldn't mind seeing the band perform once. See what they bring in a live setting.

anonymous
164 days ago
that album tiered them though. i'll also take it over any soilwork album. maroon, caliban, etc never measured up to american 00s metalcore