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Review: Killing Machine - Metalmorphosis
Killing Machine

Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 42:05
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 13, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Second album for Killing Machine, but with an almost entirely different line-up: James Rivera (Seven Witches, Helstar) on vocals, Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) on bass, Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth) on drums, Juan Garcia (Agent Steel) and Peter Scheithauer (Belladonna) on guitars. Only a couple of seconds into the first song, one would think that this is a song from a Painkiller recording session - vocals and musical style are so close that the song could very well have been on that album. What follows is not as kick-ass, except maybe for "In For The Kill", but I must say that this album just gets better and better with every listen. Some definite Judas Priest worship is going on here. James' vocal style is often close to a carbon copy of Halford's, although on a couple of songs it sounds as if he was trying to overdo it and it doesn't come out too good ("What Makes You God", "Loup Garou" both immediately come to mind.) The music makes up for it most of the time, no harm done. The quality of the songs varies a bit with some of them having kind of an amateurish feel to them, but without being bad per se. It's just difficult to ignore. Still, there's enough good riffage, drumming and vocal extravaganza on this album to keep one happy. A good heavy metal album that flirts with speed and thrash. I was worried about Mausoleum after hearing the horrible Silencer album, but signings like Killing Machine show that it was an exception and not the rule.

Track Listing:
  1. Killing Machine
  2. Scarred Beyond the Black
  3. Fatal Chances
  4. Praise the Day
  5. In for the Kill
  6. Redemption from Genocide
  7. Loup Garou
  8. In the Storm
  9. What Makes You God?
  10. Burn in the Wind
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