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Channel Zero
Kill All Kings
July 2014
Released: 2014, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Belgium's CHANNEL ZERO have had an interesting existence. The now-Metal Blade Records band formed in 1990 before disbanding at the height of their powers in 1997, only to return to the music world around 2010 for another round of metallic groove. As if that wasn't enough, their Phil Baheux passed away aged 45 last year. But the band continued on, recruiting Roy Mayorga of SOULFLY and STONE SOUR fame to handle to sticks on “Kill All Kings”, their sixth release and first for Metal Blade.



There is the notion that hard times breeds good music, and as much as the strife the band have endured in recent times is tragic, they've clearly used it to positive effect – this is a strong release. It is forty-five minutes of heavy, chunky, chugging metal reminiscent of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and METALLICA, and fans of solid modern metal will lap this up with glee.



“Dark Passenger” burns slowly into life before erupting into a blazing opener, stating the band's snarling, chugging intentions for the album from the get-go. “Burn The Nation”'s “burn, burn, burn the nation” refrain is infectious; finding a snug home in your brain whilst the searing lead thrown in by Mikey Doling certainly lifts the latter third to another height. His riffs are well-thought out and pulverising; never straying too far into complexity which makes “Kill All Kings” a straight-up headbanging record. Roy Mayorga's turn behind the kit is a fine tribute to the late Baheux whilst Tino De Martino feels at home with the new man in the rhythm section. “Brother's Keeper” is where vocalist Franky DSVD shines – showcases both his best Hetfield and his excellent vocal range; crooning during the softer passages before ripping into a throat-bothering powerhouse wail during the chorus.



Whilst a strong record, it doesn't offer anything new to the platform set by the aforementioned bands. Every song feels like it has been carefully crafted to formula and never goes on longer than is strictly necessary. However it would have been nice for a little variety in song length and content – there is a benefit to the meticulous crafting here, but it feels a little too geared for radio. Having said that, the contrast between “Kill All Kings” and “Brother's Keeper” works so well – one minute it is unbridled thrash fury, next it is “tender” ballad. Finale “Heart Stop” melds these two together beautifully and provides a great closer – further evidence of the great production job on-hand here.



CHANNEL ZERO can rest easy that this album will sit will amongst the throngs of people at festivals this summer, where they are due to play Belgian festivals such as Dour, Alcatraz and Zandrock, amongst others. These songs are made for headbanging and moshing with beers in summer sun. If you can't make these dates, then grab a crate and sit down to listen.



Review by: Lee Carter
Track Listing

1. Dark Passenger
2. Electronic Cocaine
3. Burn The Nation
4. Digital Warfare
5. Ego
6. Crimson Collidor
7. Kill All Kings
8. Brother's Keeper
9. Army Of Bugs
10. Mind Over Mechanics
11. Duisternis
12. Heart Stop

Lineup

Franky DSVD – Vocals,

Phil B – Drums,

Tino De Martino – Bass,

Mikey Doling – Guitar.

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Channel Zero
Kill All Kings
August 2014
Released: 2014, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

After a needed hiatus Channel Zero deliver the goods on KILL ALL KINGS. This sixth album seems to be a good comeback for the band. With KILL ALL KINGS Channel Zero do what they do in the best way; well-played mid-tempo, groove metal, absolutely catchy. Nothing more, nothing less.

I can see a lot of 90’s Metallica not only in the songs but also in the vocal style of Franky. I dare to say that Channel Zero is not a big band but they have created small albums-miracles. "The saint who works no miracles isn't glorified." That’s goes for Channel Zero. So I would say that this album is compact, intense, full of energy and compared with its predecessors rounder and rhythmic, indicating that the 'old' dog can learn new tricks (what has happened with proverbs today?). Channel Zero entangled successful songs that echo the past and songs that look to the future, the writer gets to a tarakoulo in catchy and freskadoura "Crimson Collider", the title track "Kill All Kings", emotional explosion "Brothers Keeper" but mainly to the explosive great tracks "Duisternis" (meaning dark). And certainly, orthopedic pray out such drives to increasing incidents of cervical syndromes.



Channel Zero, unlike other bands recurrent as snails after rain, bands, justifying the KILL ALL KINGS their existence in the mineral map of today. Not reinventing the wheel but make it roll (with ... safe manner), they know their ceiling and arrange to have fun and do it with zest and not only for the stash. The Throne is burning ...



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Track Listing

1. Dark Passenger
2. Electronic Cocaine
3. Burn The Nation
4. Digital Warfare
5. Ego
6. Crimson Collidor
7. Kill All Kings
8. Brother’s Keeper
9. Army of Bugs
10. Mind over Mechanics
11. Duisternis
12. Heart Stop

Lineup

Franky DSVD - Vocals
Phil B - Drums
Tino De Martino - Bass
Mikey Doling - Guitar 

Other reviews

» Kill All Kings
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

» Kill All Kings
by Helias Papadopoulos


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