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Released: 2010, Indie
Coming virtually out of nowhere, these Alberta, Canada based band sees members coming from the two main cities, Edmonton and Calgary. There is some history here with members being road-rats and bar-band veterans from the late 80’s.
Killinger have quite a few friends in high places as well. Pete Holmes (Black ‘n’ Blue) was tapped for all the drums in the studio although is not a full-time member in the band. The throne of skin-pounder is now occupied Chris Challice formerly of Raw Trixx. George Lynch drops by the party for a guitar solo on the cut ‘Never Change’. Transplanted Calgarian, Rick Plester of Black Symphony contributes a few solos as well. To top it all off, the fantastic sounding album was produced by Mike Fraser who has worked with Thunder, Dio, Krokus, Southgang, Jackyl and of course, probably the highlight of his career, Yngwie Malmsteen. He also has done a few other crappier bands that I can’t remember right now.
All the industry help aside, what does Killinger offer the hard rocking masses in 2010? Well, for one it is a pretty kick-ass Melodic Hard Rock/Metal album. All the big names can’t help an album that does have the songs or the performances. The performances are inspired and genuine. It’s clear they love what they do. Singer Dave Williams sings with conviction and guitarist, Kevin Morin has what I would argue is a slightly, grittier heavier and more modern guitar tone than these types of bands usually employ. The end result is a slightly heavier, darker feeling overall, especially on tunes like ‘King Of The Kill’ (not the Annihilator song) which is a good thing.
Musically speaking the album is drenched in big solos, big gang-vocals and choruses that the audience could sing-along with ease. The songs are fairly standard melodic tunes, easy to digest and retain, nothing too challenging, just good times. Opener, ‘We Are Here’ is great first cut, with it’s big anthemic chorus. The mid-tempo ‘Holding On’ is another winner that features another super melodic chorus and could be a staple on Hard Rock radio. Killinger has all the right moves. Big sound, big production and hopefully big things are in their future.
1. We Are Here
2. Never Change
3. Holding On
4. The Gun
5. Crazy Things
6. I Don't Care
7. KIng Of The KIll
8. The Sky
9. You Still Love Me
11. Got To Have You
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