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June 2014 Album Of The Month: Killer Be Killed

Review By: David Dreher of RockRevolt Magazine

The debut album for KILLER BE KILLED has finally landed and it is worth every second of the wait that metal fans have had to endure since the forming of this “supergroup” was announced.

The combination of these four talented and diverse musicians has resulted in a hybrid sound that I’m finding difficult to convey to you.  KILLER BE KILLED consists of Greg PuciatoMax CavaleraTroy Sanders and Dave Elitch, all successful in previous/current bands including SOULFLY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA.  The inflection of all these bands can be heard at one point or another as you listen through this 11 track debut that runs the gamut from straight up hard core metal to a little bit of thrash punk, with a few of the pieces offering up amazingly melodic choruses that are certainly very “radio friendly”. If my suspicions hold true, you will all be hearing them soon enough on you local metal stations. When all is said and done, you come away from the experience feeling like you’ve just listened to something very special indeed.

Puciato, Cavalera and Sanders take turns handling the vocal duties on the offerings, which really adds to the diversity of the sound that the band constructs.  Sanders’ bass work is nothing short of extraordinary, but his talent explodes on the tracks “Save The Robots”, “Twelve Labors” and “Forbidden Fire”, delivering bass riffs that hold the potential to lift these tracks to legendary status.

Drummer Dave Elitch is “spot on” track after track as he thunders his way through the band’s debut, and combines with Sanders to create a wall of sound that will damn near blow the headphones right off your head.

Through it all, Puciato and Cavalera trade guitar responsibilities and offer up solid performances. Make no mistake – the emphasis here is on the searing vocals and the incredibly solid back-beat highlighted on every track – as they should be. This is some of the most impressive musicianship I have been privileged to play through my speakers in quite a while!

Debuts can be a funny things. Often times the band’s identity can get lost in the search for popularity, but that could not be further from the truth in this case. KILLER BE KILLED know exactly who they are, and with this line up they are at the top of their game and primed to slam us all like a freight train with no brakes.

The self-titled debut album has hit the streets on May 13th and I cannot stress enough that you need to get your hands on this one as quickly as humanly possible.  We are all going to be talking about this one for years to come.

Track Listing

01. Wings of Feather And Wax

02. Face Down

03. Melting Of My Marrow

04. Snakes of Jehova

05. Curb Crusher

06. Save The Robots

07. Fire To Your Flag

08. I.E.D.

09. Dust Into Darkness

10. Twelve Labors

11. Forbidden Fire

An amazing debut, solid on all fronts.  Crank up the volume and make your neighbor’s ears BLEED!  FIVE SCREAMING SKULLS!!

Just a small example of the variety of music I listen to. I have wayyyyy more Cd’s lol.

Just a small example of the variety of music I listen to. I have wayyyyy more Cd’s lol.

December 2011 Album Of The Month: Daniel Jordan The Stranger & Don’t Sleep On These Releases Part V

Reel Life Productions for life! Esham protégé Daniel Jordan is back with his best effort yet, as “The Stranger”. A concept album dealing with past struggles, depression, lost love, and the problems with the modern society of America. It’s a cross between 80’s Hardcore Punk, Jazzy Blues and Detroit Michigan Hip-Hop aka the Wicked Shit!

“Sometimes” is catchy as hell! By far my favorite! That bass-line and hook was stuck in my head for hours upon hours lol It’s the perfect track on the album that best describes the daily struggles of who The Stranger is.

Punk Rock anthems “I Hate Drug Dealers” and “Airplane Crash” are on some Misfits/GG Allin type shit. “Airplane Crash” is about wishing the worst for a cheating girlfriend and with “I Hate Drug Dealers” Mr. Jordan attacks the pharmaceutical industry.

The tracks “The Stranger” and “All Your Hero’s” both dive right into the wicked shit.  “The Stranger”: The lyrics are deep thoughts about  killing an entire family. “All your Hero’s”: Towards the end the emcee breaks down and confesses to a murder and the doctor doesn’t believe him.

With “No Friends” Daniel warns artists about being fake and not to get caught up in the politics of music, while “Last Day Alive” paints the perfect picture of a mental break down.

A lot of listeners will relate to “The Reason I haven’t Called You”. Super personal track! I feel his pain on this one! It’s about chasing after that one lover you want to spend the rest of your life with, but deep down they only see you as a friend. So you try to be the friend, but it’s a constant  struggle, because all you think about is wanting to be theirs.  The only way out is to never talk to them again.

Another stand out track is “Sad Clown”! Guest rapper Mac Mall shines all over this! It’s on that hip-hop you can relate to!

The closer “Fade Away” is a very emotional track about the one that got away. Even with all this time going by your still thinking about them and hoping they are thinking about you, not giving up faith at all! All your thoughts focused on the day you run into them again. I’m not going lie, I choked up a little bit listening, it brought back some of my own personal emotions. It’s by far Daniel Jordan’s best track!

Pick up the album here! Don’t Sleep!


Don’t Sleep On These Releases Part V