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With so much crust love going on in the underground these days, is there any act that can really put something out there that will really manage to stay fresh or challenge anyone anymore? Or perhaps there’s one more band to list when it comes to blistering punk with the ability to channel hatred and optimism in turn? Perhaps it’s Lies, coming out of California? Perhaps you should read the review of their latest release.

If you haven’t already heard, The Killing Lights is the new, re-named project from Michael Orlando (a.k.a. Michael Vampire) of Vampires Everywhere! fame. The band’s loyal following is excited for the group’s new music, a taste of which they got with the release of the first single “Lies Spread Like Fire” – see the video below. The Killing Lights have recorded a self-produced, self-titled five-song EP which they plan to initially release for FREE to fans in September. Expect a full-length in 2015. In the meantime, check out some of the awesome stories behind Michael’s tattoos.

Let’s compare the first half of Guns N’ Roses’ roller coaster-like career with a winning hand in a card game. We have the mega-selling, game-changer Appetite for Destruction (1987) and the twin behemoths Use Your Illusion I & II (1991). Then, stuck in the middle we find their 1988 EP Lies, a sort of well-placed wildcard between a trio of aces. Despite its apparent lesser importance, this EP spawned the now-classic acoustic ballad “Patience” and the polemic track “One In A Million”. It also exemplified to perfection, everything the band was about at the time. This included a previously released faux live recording and cover artwork that had many things to say, even if they weren’t true.