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KXM KXM ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

KXM - KXM

RAT PACK RECORDS

MARCH 11 2014

 

 

These days technology makes it so easy for artists to collaborate and you hear of all manner of projects cobbled together over the internet, so it was refreshing to hear that KXM was born out of a desire that dUg (Pinnick – Kings X) George (Lynch – Dokken/Lynch Mob) and Ray (Luzier – Korn) had to jam together.

 

As the bio says: ‘At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was born from those jam sessions…

 

It’s not often you find yourself nodding at a press release, but that does about sum up an album that is very special indeed. KXM’s music is at the same time comfortably familiar and yet edgy. The real fire comes from the alchemy that the three create, that you can’t imagine either of the players doing alone. Take the lead single ‘Rescue Me’ it’s the sort of song that exemplifies the band yet only tells part of the story, hard rocking with a touch of blues and a ragged edge, it feels unusually fresh and has a sense of being beautifully unfinished like a landscape without signs of human habitation.

 

When you listen to KXM there’s definitely a seam of Hard Rock at the core of this band, but it’s a gritty hard rock that is shot through with blues and splattered with the detritus of years of musicianship. The ‘X’ factor though is the experimentation that you can only imagine can only come from such collaborations. Here you feel the band emboldened by their faith in each other pushed the envelope a little further than they might normally have been comfortable with doing alone.

 

That’s not to say the album is too out there, it’s just that in context of much we hear today it’s like listening to a competent lead player then getting immersed in Jimi Hendrix. If you want comfort: songs like ‘Rescue Me’ offer that instant gratification as do tracks like ‘Gun Fight’ and ‘Faith is a Room’.

 

If you want a soft-underbelly the ballad ‘Never Stop’ fits the bill. If you want dark lyrical content then ‘Sleep’ gives you a disturbing tale of domestic violence.  If you’re like us you’ll love the depth and intensity of everything here, from the mystical opening of ‘Stars’ to the last strains of ‘Tranquilize’. If you want a place to start maybe try a taste of the heavy groove and uplifting refrain of ‘Rescue Me’ or the alchemy of ‘Burn’. In truth though you could start anywhere, this is timeless music that defies genre, full of soul, brimming with light and bathed in shade. It’s an album to immerse yourself in.   

 

This album really is something very special: powerful songs that shine out among most of the music you will hear this year. This isn’t a George Lynch album; it isn’t Kings X or Korn: It’s KXM a band that sounds like it could be bigger than them all.

 

Pre-order bundles and other cool info on KXM can be found at: www.RatPakRecords.com/KXM   

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

KXM KXM ALBUM REVIEW 2014