Guns Loves Stories combine the melodic aspect of punk rock with the brutal assault of (post-)hardcore and top it off with a number of influences, from Southern Rock over thrash metal to industrial. Unsurprisingly, that combination results in a highly energetic mix of modern day rock music. With this sound, this quartet should be able to please massive festival audiences and small venue crowds everywhere.
While at first, and certainly with songs like 'Predigested Hollywood' or 'Wear Out Your Heart', this album truly does sound like a post-hardcore album, gradually the other influences come shining through. 'Shark Bait' drives on the joyous energy of punk rock bands while 'Bland Masks' issues a touch of industrial, mainly in the drums. Then, here's the punk rock meets drone meets acoustic folk ballad 'The Birds Keep You Away'.
'Candles and Curses' is my favorite track, probably the most Southern Rock related one too. Comes to show how versatile this album really is. Not only the music is varied, Thomas' vocals range from emotional over melodic and rough to brutal screams. Besides, before I forget to mention them, there are some brilliant thrash metal riffs too. So check it out, fellow metalheads, this might be one of your favorite acts on those family friendly rock (but not metal) festivals, or on metal festivals, whatever suits you best...