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“Recon” by Ikillya

Artist: Ikillya
Title: “Recon”
Label: Independent Artist
Release Date: 4/3/2011
Genre: Modern Death Metal
Rating: 4/5

Having heard the name Ikillya for a couple of years now and being unable to catch them performing I had to say that I was very excited to sink my teeth into their full length independent debut “Recon”. I had heard tastes of their work on some recent compilations but one can never truly gauge what a band is all about from stuff like that so it was high time to musically observe and offer up my sum total thoughts about what they deliver. “Recon” begins with an interesting horn section intro and it’s as if we are listening to an air raid warning siren of some kind. The sort of thing that is telling you to run for cover before the immanent storm or attack hits you – That attack begins with the strong “And Hell Followed With Him”, a tune that brings you into the bands vibe quick and assembles the mosh pit at the command of singer Jason Lekberg. Their sound from the first audio glance is neither Thrash nor Metalcore but instead a form of Modern Death Metal that called to mind the greatness of early In Flames, Dark Tranquility and The Haunted to my ear. This view got firmed up by “E.H.R.” and believe me it’s not shameful to wear ones musical influences on their respective sleeve when it’s this grouping of bands. Had they been influenced by Limp Bizkit or some other drech I might have felt different. The general groove of “E.H.R.” possessed me and had my head bopping and singing along with their Arsenal Chorus. Good stuff.
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