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Last Year's Tragedy / Press

“As a whole, Challenge Accepted is a really strong offering. The tasteful use of keyboards throughout give the whole EP a sense of grandeur, almost touching on the atmospheric. No doubt their sound live would fill any venue. The lyrics overall are very personal and it shows in the vocals. Chizi cares deeply about their music and the same can be said of the whole band; their musical passion is felt throughout the recording. And it is this passion, that will lead this band forward, and beyond.”

“Metal is far too often used to convey frustration with the way things are; a desire to destroy. But it ends there. It's rare for a band this heavy to look past that destructive impulse and hope to create something better in its place.”

“Arguably one of the first Kenyan heavy metal bands Lat Years Tragedy has stuck to this misunderstood genre with the support of its growing fan base .Last Years tragedy is made up of Chizi-Lead Vocals, Jose-Guitar, Davy- Lead Guitar, Mahia- Bass, Stan- Drums and Ruto -Keyboard. Diallo- Guitar/Vocals (on hiatus)”

“Last Year’s Tragedy is a band from Nairobi. They met in university and were brought together by their common musical interests. They are yet to release an album but have been producing a steady stream of popular singles. Listen to there songs at their Bandcamp site. “Generation Light” is a plea for peace and sanity. It is inspired by the bursts of post-election violence Kenya endured in 2008 due to the presidential elections. The song calls on our generation to ” reject the petty conflict and cycles of revenge of our parents’ generation.” It’s a powerful and brutal track with brief windows of melody.”

“Though they have yet to release a full length record, Kenyan metalcore band Last Year's Tragedy have been putting out a steady stream of heavy-as-fuck singles since their inception in 2005.”

“It is music, it is love, it is fear, it is art, and it is amazing; Generation Light.”

“After streaming the new track "Elephant in the Room" online, Kenyan act Last Year's Tragedy has now posted a music video online for the song "Generation Light."”

“These guys are the respected elders of the Kenyan metal scene and deliver a post-metalcore sound that infuses several elements such as piano. Sometimes referred to as LYT, these six friends met in college at a time when there were very few rock bands in Nairobi, let alone metal ones.”

“Last Year's Tragedy is widely considered to be Kenya's most prolific heavy metal band. Since their humble beginnings in 2006, they have maintained an extreme sound that sets them apart from other Kenyan musicians.”

“Last Year´s tragedy es una banda de Nairobi, Kenya, nos juntamos en la Universidad, y comenzamos la banda por un interés común en la música, este es un país donde hay muy pocas bandas, especialmente de rock”

“Que voulez-vous! Le kenya a beau être très (trop?) connu pour ses safaris de riches ou ses troubles, il y a, là comme partout finalement, des gens qui voudront faire, voir, écouter ou jouer ce qu'ils aiment...même si c'est à 100 lieues des goûts du coin. Ainsi, les 5 amis d'école de Last Year's Tragedy n'ont pas hésité à monter un des premiers groupes de Metal du pays!”

“Hot out of my inbox is the new track from Kenyan metal heads Last Year’s Tragedy. Here’s what you need to know about the song: As the world knows, in 2008 our country was plunged into total chaos and anarchy. This song’s inspiration was drawn from all the mayhem and focus turned to remind our leaders that they are human just like everyone else. Maybe this means a full album is on the way? Fingers crossed.”

“Remember Last Year's Tragedy? They're a metal band based in Nairobi, Kenya. Their new single 'A Tribute to Anarchy' is more on the hardcore side than the previous one ('6 Hours'), and we say they ain't half bad! Don't let the long-ass intro scare ya, the song starts at about 1'30. Watchu think?”

“6 Hours is the tragic tale of the forlorn doomed relationship, two lovers who are about to have their world torn apart by cruel circumstance, and so, in part, it is an ode to the broken-hearted.”

“...the metalcore-inflected Last Year's Tragedy...has a very unique style and sound running the full gamut of rock sub-genres”

“I knew that Kenya has rockers...but I didn't know they were rocking hard”

“With the growing popularity of new artists such as Nneka, African Boy, Mpho or Last Year’s Tragedy, it is no surprise that contemporary African music found solid footing at this year’s South by Southwest Music conference in Austin”

“When I saw Last Year's Tragedy is when I got really excited about the Kenya Rock Scene”

“Hope these guys make it to the States. Or, better yet, maybe it's time for a trip to Nairobi? The massive here in the States and in the UK needs to start effin' with these guys right away.”

“These guys are definitely on top of the game. Very hardcore yet very accessible and original”