So I’m a little behind on this one but they often say better late than never and that makes me pleased to share the debut single video for the NYC based Thrash meets Groove Metal band Ikillya for the song “Your God”. The song will be available as a digital single soon as I am understanding and comes care of Urban Yeti Records. As I’ve often done with these, I’ll be offering up thoughts on the video alone and not really the song. Those notations can be learned when I tackle the review for the single itself so here we go.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Alright while this is primarily a performance video of the guys in a smaller space, the imagery being presented is a bit of a heavy topic and appears to deal with domestic terrorism. Speaking honestly, it’s not my favorite discussion point but this is the world in which we live nowadays and that’s that. It’s on the news, and it’s in the papers and is what people are looking over their shoulder and with more scrutiny over the person next to them about day in and day out but I digress. While we watch the band throttle us with the track we see a myriad of symbols of both weapons and religious iconography being shown on a screen. Singer Jason Lekberg is rather intense during the song as he growls out his message. We also see two threats to a peaceful way of life making the devices that they choose to deliver their message and of course they are actors so don’t place them on any sort of FBI Watch List. NYC is crazy enough without the viewers reporting friends of the band to the authorities after all. I did enjoy the pacing and drive of the tune but that my friends are views for another narrative. Stay tuned and by all means…..stay safe.
Whew. How are you all doing? Are you still with me as we press on towards the final stages of our “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2013”? Man I sure hope so because this has been a ride like no other and I am loving getting the plans of the Metal and Rock greats out to your computer or mobile device screens. Here we go with Chapter Ten. Enjoy.
1. Jason Lekberg (Ikillya): My resolution for 2013 is to make the best album of my career thus far and hopefully share it with as many people as possible. 🙂
2. Michael Scondotto (The Last Stand/Inhuman): My New Year’s Music Resolution is to play as many shows as possible with The Last Stand, as our debut full length “The Time Is Now” comes out on January 22nd on Eulogy Recordings. Aside from that, look for another Inhuman vinyl edition and maybe my Metal project will surface sometime in 2013???
Hello again, it’s great that you are sticking with our New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012 Blog Series, and welcome to Wednesday or our “third times the charm edition”. As you have seen over the last couple of days posts, we posed the inquiry to a number of musical greats about what their resolutions might be as it relates to Metal or Music on the whole. I’ve loved what we got back from them and without any further adieu, please enjoy this chapter.
Stu Block (lead vocals for Iced Earth): My New Years Resolutions for 2012 is, to broaden my knowledge to the things that are happening in my country, politically and financially. Eat healthier and work out more.
Oliver Palotai (keyboards for Kamelot & Sons Of Seasons): My New Years Musical Resolution is to continue making good music and to further kick the mainstream in the ass!
Nick Avila (bassist for Powerglove): Powerglove’s New Years Metal resolution for 2012 is to overcome our Skyrim addictions, and write and record a new Video Game album for you. We are also exploring the logistics of building a Starburst cannon, setting up a Powerglove video game metal convention, touring Japan, and entering the world beard and moustache championships. Seeing as none of us currently have moustaches, we have our work cut out for us, but with a combination of Rogaine, miracle grow, and self determination, I believe we have a good shot at failure. Cheers to failure, and Happy New Year to you all! Continue reading Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 3→
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. Continue reading “Recon” by Ikillya→