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Album Review: Killcode - Killcode

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM


Killcode – Killcode

Written By Dave Smiles

There are two types of bands, those who seek to reinvent the wheel and those who learn from what’s gone before and interpret these influences into what will become their own style. While Killcode are certainly of the latter, they’re hard to categorise into one particular sub-genre of rock or metal. The focus of this band is on good song-writing and performances from musicians who clearly love what they’re doing. The songs are easily accessible to fans of songs with powerful choruses, loud guitars and best consumed with some hard liquor.

After grabbing the attention of critics and fans with two EPs (To Die For 2008 and Taking it All 2010), this first full length album is sure to continue the steep rise of this interesting band.

The band formed in New York in 2008 by vocalist Tom Morrissey and guitarist Chas, who were soon joined by Erric Bonesmith on bass, Pat Herrington on guitar and Rob Noxious on drums. All members had experience prior to the formation of Killcode.

From the album’s opening track and first single, Still Here, you’ll be greeted with dirty guitars, heavy grooves and vocals in the vein of Lemmy and Zakk Wylde. The following song, Hands Up goes right for the live crowd participation anthem, with a contrast of laid back verses and power-filled chorus.

Tired shows this is more than a one trick pony. This mid tempo rocker combines a few styles without the compromise of the songs flow. This can be hard to do as it often sounds like a cut and paste of ideas than a cohesive song, Killcode pull this off well.

The Wrong Side and Liberated are laid back, mellow tracks, as is Loose, which is bluesy and has a killer bass intro.

Flipping the coin over with Opium Dogs shows a darker side of the band, with a haunting melodic guitar intro and a backwards growl. It brings early Alice In Chains to mind, as does Time with its drowning riff and punkish cadence to the song. Continuing on with the punk rockers, Skitch is an all out two and a half minute rocker.

Trust features the singer of fellow New York based band, Angelina DelCarmen. Her band, Charetta, is another groove heavy modern rock band. Her vocals mix beautifully with Morrissey’s in his laid back ballad that could very well be a hit single.


Other tracks like Bad Mother, Devil’s Song, 6 A.M and Shotgun are full of attitude and big choruses, bound to get the crowd going. There’s some cool slide guitar and solos for the guitar obsessives.


Overall this is a fun rock album, great for a Saturday barbeque with some mates. It also generates interest into hearing how these songs will go over in a live setting.


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