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[REVIEW]: Kill Devil Hill – “Revolution Rise”

For a band that includes talent from Pantera, Down, Dio-era Black Sabbath, and Dio, Kill Devil Hill do not seem to receive as much recognition as other related “supergroups.” This is slightly disconcerting as this particular group has efficiently melded together the varying musical styles of the members’ previous endeavors. This is exhibited in Kill Devil Hill’s latest release, Revolution Rise.

While the band’s self-titled debut had some great tracks on it, Revolution Rise blows its predecessor out of the water.  It sounds like a glorious hybrid between Down and Heaven & Hell with a large sense of originality, leading to a deeply textured delivery.  Lead vocalist Dewey Bragg (Pissing Razors) often reverts the listener’s ears to an auditory memory of young Philip Anselmo.  However, Bragg showcases his unique vocal capabilities and wide range in the ballad, “Long Way From Home,” which tastefully breaks up the heavy rockin’ of the majority of Revolution Rise.

Overall, this new release is comprised of good, heavy rhythms, occasional guitar shredding, and catchy choruses. With the speed and precision on the kit, it can be easily forgotten that drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Dio) is not in his 20’s anymore.  The same goes for bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, ex-Down).  With that said, both musical veterans continue the legacies they have constructed over their respective careers in Kill Devil Hill.

Focus tracks on Revolution Rise include “Crown Of Thorns,” “Why,” and “Long Way From Home.”


MusicTalker’s rating: 4.5/5


[REVIEW] Down – Down IV Part I: The Purple EP


Five years since the release of 2007’s Down III: Over the Under, New Orleans “super-group” Down are putting out the first of four upcoming EPs, beginning this Tuesday, September 18th.  Currently streaming on Billboard.com, The Purple EP shows great promise for this series of EPs.


This collection of six new Down originals sounds like good ol’ Down, incorporating the influences of all of the band members’ former and current bands.  On this release, the roots of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, and Crowbar are especially prominent.  Also heard on The Purple EP is a distinct reminiscence of Down’s debut album, NOLANOLA is arguably the most energetic and powerful of the band’s previous three releases.  While Over the Under had its moments, this new collection of songs is closest to NOLA in Down’s now four main studio efforts.


It can also be said that The Purple EP is more or less a combination of main elements from both NOLA and Over the Under.  It has both aggressive and melodic vocals, speed and lack thereof, and lots and lots of sludge.  Specifically, “Misfortune Teller” is arguably the most signature Down track on here.  Everything Down-related is thrown into this one song.  There is no song more Down than the epic “Misfortune Teller” on this new release.


Check it out if you like sludge metal, this band, or any of the other bands previously mentioned in this article.  It is definitely worth a listen…or seven.



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