Review: Living Dead Lights — Black Letters

Rated:

3/5

On the surface, Hollywood glam-metal punks Living Dead Lights look like they have calculated their emo-via-sleeze-metal image right down to each member’s India-ink coiffure and rainbow-ink tattoo sleeves. Musically, it’s not much different, but the group makes up for its posturing with solid hooks, likely divined from the same unholy ground that spawned their ancestors, like Mötley Crüe and Ratt, two decades earlier. What distinguishes them on their debut, Black Letters, from other glammy-come-latelies, is vocalist Taka Tamada’s gravely, dudely yowls, which owe some debt to Marilyn Manson and Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows. KORY GROW

Check out “This is Our Evolution” from Black Letters.