If you’ve been with us since our early days of Rocksposing, you might remember KillCode, a bitchin’ hard rock band from NYC. When we last left them back in 2009, they had just dropped their 6 song EP “To Die For” that impressed us on a number of levels (Check out the Review). It was driving, unapologetic rock that was downright addictive to listen to. Our sole complaint of the EP? We wanted more.
Fast forward to 2012, where the wait is officially over thanks to the much anticipated release of their self titled album. The line up is the same since we last heard from them, but the tunes are definitely kicked up a notch. From the first note “KillCode” immediately sounds more refined than “To Die For” on a lot of levels (a really well produced album itself). The final mix on this album is phenomenal.
The band really spreads their wings in a few different musical directions on “KillCode”. The great hard rock songs are there (We’ll get to those in a minute), but a couple of the songs take KillCode into territory that you wouldn’t have initially expected if you’ve heard their music before. A prime example of this are the Southern Rock guitar musings of “Liberated”, a track that couldn’t sound farther from the gritty NYC Rock scene. Equally, the muted opening and tamer sound of “The Wrong Side” embodies a softer tone that shows a bit more finesse musically. These two tracks are a departure from much of the record, but I’m always a fan of bands throwing a few change-
Now about those in your face rock songs you were looking for to go with your ‘To Die For” playlist: fret not as they’re here and they’re DAMN GOOD, (which makes the name of the opening track “Still Here” that much more appropriate). Rousing songs like “Hands Up” and “Skitch” kick the tempo to the max thanks to Rob Noxious’s storming drums and Erric Bonesmith’s heavy bass thump. “Loose” grinds it’s way in with some ZZ Top flavor, while lead singer Tom Morrissey lays down some smooth vocals on an excellent Rock duet with Angelina DelCarmen on “Trust”.
You can’t create a sound this complete without amazing chemistry within the band, you can hear these guys feed off of each other on every track. That’s the key ingredient that makes “KillCode” such a must have........and like our 2009 review, leaving us wanting even more!
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As the Webmaster and Founder of Rocksposure.com, Chris Brach is always looking for new music from up and coming rock bands. You never know, they could be our next Artist of the Month! If there is something you think he should give a listen to, email him at GetRocked@Rocksposure.com.