EPK – Every Hour Kills – Vacua (EP) (2021)
Publicist – Jon Asher – asher[@]ahermediarelations[.]com
For fans of Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris, Periphery, Erra, Spiritbox
Release Date: October 8, 2021
“This record is a culmination of a dark, tumultuous fucked up year in the world and in my personal life, as it was for many people around the world. As lucky as I am to still have work and my basic needs met, the emotional rollercoaster still affected me strongly and I ended up unemployed for a period in 2020, and thus this EP was born. It is both more human in that I collaborated more strongly with new songwriters and Jei on vocals, but also more mechanical as I also wrote with the assistance of AI creation tools, and most of the instrumentation is programmed MIDI. I feel like this is my most honest work as a writer, to express what came to mind rather than fit into a box or template of what Every Hour Kills ‘should’ sound like. It may alienate some people but so be it!” – Sacha Laskow – Every Hour Kills
“Every Hour Kills are a melodic metalcore band out of Calgary writing some killer music in the vein of modern Bring Me The Horizon or even In Flames. Re:Awaken features a slew of killer guest musicians in its ranks to help add an additional layer of musicianship. Re:Awaken is a wicked 4 track EP that features 3 original songs as well as a cover of Joe Satriani’s “Time”. For those of you who may also be vocalists yourselves, or maybe just really enjoy the musicianship, the EP also comes with instrumental versions of each of the songs. As a whole though, the EP only spans 18 minutes, it’s a very potent and filled release. A nice breath of fresh air in a genre where everyone wants to sound like a Sumerian Records band.” – Metal Injection
“Give Every Hour Kills a try if you’re into modern and progressive metal that comes with extra intrigue if you like using music to perk your curiosities.” – The Independent Voice
“This record is a presentation that will appeal to metal fans across the board.” – Phil’s Picks
“The band plays a sound of metal sounds extremely modern and melodic, coming across as a mix of Scar Symmetry and Fear Factory, with sprinkles of djent for added flair.” – New Noise Magazine
“Should the band be able to hold this standard on their first full-length album, one has to count on Every Hour Kills in the first league of Modern Metal. CrypticRock gives Every Hour Kills 4.5 out of 5 stars.”
“The song has an amazing feel to it that is uplifting and empowering at the same time and it makes you feel like could run a marathon and finish first place. “ – Headbanger Review
“Setting aside my bias for death and thrash metal, they mix melodic metal and electronic programming into something I found enjoyable and much different from what I spin on a daily basis.” – A Metal State of Mind
“On a final note I have to say that Every Hour Kills created nothing short of a mini-epic, and my only complaint is that I am left wanting a full sized album with more tracks than this one offered.” – Vents Magazine
“The music can be described as a powerful mix of the melodic power of (the early) Disturbed, the heaviness of Fear Factory and the musical craftsmanship of progressive acts like Dream Theater (in their ’old days’).” – Peek-a-boo Magazine
“Overall – This is an interesting blend of modern electronica and driving metal. I can see them going far.” – SMN News
EP as a whole:
“This record is a culmination of a dark, tumultuous fucked up year in the world and in my personal life as it was for many people around the world. As lucky as I am to still have work and my basic needs met, the emotional rollercoaster still affected me strongly and I ended up unemployed for a period of time in 2020. I was lucky to have some savings and financial padding from my previous job so I took the opportunity to write this EP.”
Track by track explained:
1. Palindrome 2:01 – An instrumental intro that gives a good idea of the heavy and technical elements to come.
2. Vacua 3:28 – The 1st song written for the EP with extreme low-tuned riffs and nihilistic vocals.
3. Euclidian 2:57 – This song smashes together ‘normal’ EHK with the new vibe, with heavier sections and more melodic elements juxtaposed.
4. Tenebrous 3:34 – Another genre-crossing track with elements of synthwave and clean vocals in the verses crossed with heavy chugs and breakdowns.
5. Intransigent 4:08 – Closing out the EP with the heaviest song we’ve ever written, the lyrics encompass the concepts of chaos and infinity.
Release Date: October 8, 2021
1. Palindrome (intro) (2:01)
2. Vacua (3:28)
3. Euclidian (2:57)
4. Tenebrous (3:34)
5. Intransigent (4:08)
EP Length: 16:09
EVERY HOUR KILLS
Sacha Laskow: Guitars & Programming
Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster: Vocals
Jei Doublerice: Vocals
Brent Stutsky: Bass
Music: Tracks 1, 2 – Sacha Laskow
Music: Track 3, 4 – Sacha Laskow, Chris Wiseman
Music: Track 5 – Sacha Laskow, Calle Thommer
Lyrics and Vocals: Tracks 2, 4 – Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster, Jei Doublerice
Lyrics and Vocals: Tracks 3, 5 – Jei Doublerice
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered: Sacha Laskow – Perfect Filth Studios
Additional Vocal Engineering: Jei Doublerice at Exiled Media & Joe Hoferat J & C Studios
Every Hour Kills uses: Toontrack, Fractal Audio, Neura IDSP, ML Sound Labs, Ownhammer, Bareknuckle Pickups
EP Artwork: Erisis Red
Band Photo: Nicco Van Hamja
Every Hour Kills is a rotating collective ensemble featuring the core of ex-Divinity / Enditol guitarist and producer Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (ex-Breach of Trust), along with vocalists Jei Doublerice (Abiogenesis, Despite Exile, Sensory Amusia) and Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (ex-Out of Your Mouth).
Every Hour Kills was built to challenge the idea of what defines a “band”. Rather, the group sees itself as a constantly evolving musical collective; guest vocalists and soloists across the songs bring their own unique artistry and elevate the collective impact of Every Hour Kills’ brand. The lyrics, artwork, visuals, and themes all look toward the future, asking the key postmodern question of how will emerging technology and our humanity progress and co-exist?
- A pretty big change in style with adding Jei (Abiogenesis, Despite Exile).
- Co-writing some of the music for the first time with Calle Thomer (Vildhjarta, Humanity’s Last Breath) and Chris Wiseman (Currents, Shadow of Intent).
- Some of the music was written with help of AI tools and generators because fuck humans, also 95% of the instrumentation is programmed MIDI.