|Review: Killing Machine - Metalmorphosis|
Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 31, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
Killing Machine is a sort of supergroup side-project made up of members of Belladonna, Agent Steel, and Megadeth all fronted up by US legend James Rivera (Helstar, Destiny's End, every other fucking band in the country.) I've read some bad, bad reviews of this, but actually this is not bad at all, it's just not as good as the lineup would make you expect.
The style here is unsurprisingly very US-Metal: Helstar, Steel Prophet, New Eden, Seven Witches all come to mind, there's also a lot of Painkiller worship at work here in the riffs and especially Rivera's wailing vocal lines. James stays in his upper registers a lot here, pretty much because his midrange has always been weak, and he sounds neither better, nor worse, than you would expect. The riffage is solid if uninspired, the songs all sound pretty much like Priest recycles with some more modern touches, and the lyrics are so cliché they hurt. Some really fine leads from Agent Steel mainstay Juan Garcia liven things up here and there, but overall Killing Machine play it pretty safe. If you hadn't heard any metal for the last fifteen years you would shit your pants when you heard this and think it was the coolest thing ever, but a lot of other bands are doing this better – hell, a lot of this band's influences are still around and doing this better. On the other hand, a lot of bands are doing this worse too, so there's a trade-off.
Killing Machine are not terrible, in fact they are pretty good, and Metalmorphosis is an enjoyable listen, but it's not going to stop your clock. From the lineup you'd be expecting a masterpiece, but this is just a solid, middle-of-the-road metal album.
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