Created entirely on a burnt out computer in a room just large enough for a fold-out bed and a small computer desk, Kindness Ends is a bedroom metal album with ambition -frustrating, tiresome ambition.
Kind Man began as an all-in-one-day collaborative recording project by Luke Powell and James Walsh, having previously released another project following this one-day framework, 2014's NeckPuncher (other creative outings by Luke and James include Wyrdforge and IxHxJxLx which can be found on Bandcamp).
Fortunately, the all-in-one-day creation plan was a failure, only getting half way through the first track (to become The Liner). Kind Man was shelved for several months until Luke, liking the initial tone that had been set, decided to continue the project, piloting it with occasional guidance from James.
What had in concept began as an inside-joke eventually grew into something more sinister and damning, putting the "kind man" AKA the "nice guy" -an individual who believes being nice to a person they are attracted to serves as entitlement to sex with them, throwing their toys out of the pram when sexual or romantic advances are denied- in the spotlight for ridicule. Commentary on the kind man's unbalanced, misguided view of exchange was coupled with paranormal themes and a somewhat dramatic, sadistic end to exacerbate the overall concept, but let's not spell it all out...
Kindness Ends is an experimental odyssey comprising of musical styles such as black metal, doom metal, progressive rock, shoegaze, synthwave and rock opera; an ambitious endeavour by Luke Powell, with the help of some genuinely kind men and women.
Thank you for your interest, and keep a look out for any future kindness.....
released February 6, 2017
Lead vocals - Anthony Trimming
Harsh vocals - Anthony Trimming, James Walsh, Will Jennings, Luke Powell
Pickup vocals - James Walsh, Luke Powell
Female vocals - Joanne Robert
Choir vocals - Amée Chanter, Benji Hall, Glenn Thomas, Joanne Robert, Julia Haas, Luisa Lehmeyer, Luke Powell.
Guitar - Luke Powell, James Walsh (The Liner)
Bass - Luke Powell
Synth and drum programming - Luke Powell
Lyrics by Luke Powell, James Walsh (The Liner, Hourglass)
Artwork by Luke Powell
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Luke Powell
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