BAND/AUTHOR:

KXM

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
CIRCLE OF DOLLS (2019)
LABEL:
RAT PAK RECORDS
GENRE:
HARD ROCK

"New delivery of KXM and its heavy melodic and groovy power of high intensity. "Circle Of Dolls" maintains the high standards of "Scattebrain" while allowing itself some welcome audacities."
NUNO777 - 01.10.2019 - (0) minds from our readers - (0) comment(s)
4/5
It is with great pleasure that we welcome the third album of KXM, a conglomerate of three leading musicians: Ray Luzier from Korn, Doug Pinnick from King's X and Georges Lynch from Lynch Mob. We know the hunger for music that drives Doug Pinnick, who is multiplying projects in parallel with his initial training, which should come out of his sleep soon, and KXM is probably the most exciting. Two years after the excellent "Scatterbrain", expectations are high for his successor "Circle Of Dolls".

With "Scatterbrain" KXM has reached a high degree of success in the melodic hard-rock genre, producing a reference album for future records. Purring  is not in the character of our protagonists who, with an average age of 60 years, are far from being born of the last rain. The three friends anticipated this very well and offer a more diversified and produced disc than in the first two discs while maintaining the fundamental structure of melodic research and virtuosity in riffs and percussion. A good half of "Circle Of Dolls" remains in the American signature with raw power, complex variations on tempi and large guitar chorus tracks in a jam-session spirit. In this genre we can mention the direct 'War Of Words' followed by 'Mind Swamp' and its Slash's Snakepit side. The dark "Circle Of Dolls" could have appeared on a Pinnick Gales Pridge record with its flashy groove while "Wide Awake" blurs the listener's impressions with its calm chiaroscuro verses and explosive choruses. The trio is liberated both melodically and technically and a track like 'Vessel Of Destruction' demonstrates this with its majestic choirs and rhythmic ideas.

Like a "Big As The Sun", which displays a face mixed with groove, tension and songs full of conviction, and the moist "A Day Without Me" and its acoustic guitars with blues sounds of the bayou, KXM offers a more nuanced writing on various occasions. "Circle Of Dolls" is a dense disc that doesn't weaken and the power trio even has the luxury of finishing the disc in apotheosis on three original and unusual tracks that suggests a continuation of their collaboration under the best hospices. As they say, the band saved the best for last in terms of virtuosity in the settings (the inventiveness of the riffs of 'Shadow Lover' and 'The Border', the funky tempi of 'Cold Sweats' and 'The Border'), richness in the choirs, which clearly highlight the X of their name ('Cold Sweats') and depth in the songs (reptilian in 'The Border' and intriguing while murmuring in 'Shadow Lover').

Once again KXM offers us a very well stocked album (more than an hour) and exciting from start to finish. With intelligence Pinnick, Luzier and Lynch have been able to develop their compositions in the direction of diversity without distorting themselves. Doug Pinnick's legendary bulimia seems to have calmed down recently to focus on high quality projects with KXM in mind...waiting for the return of King's X.

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SIMILAR BANDS:
KING'S X

TRACK LISTING:
01. War of Words
02. Mind Swamp
03. Circle Of Dolls
04. Lightning
05. Time Flies
06. Twice
07. Big As The Sun
08. Vessel of Destruction
09. A Day Without Me
10. Wide Awake
11. Shadow Lover
12. Cold Sweats
13. The Border


LINEUP:
Doug Pinnick: Chant / Basse
George Lynch: Guitares
Ray Luzier: Batterie


TAGS:
Bluesy, Funky, Fusion, Groovy, Jam, Chorus
 
 
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