|Review: Killer Khan - Kill Devil Hills|
|Kill Devil Hills|
Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Year released: 2015
Originally released in: 1999
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 17, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Kill Devil Hills
Killer Khan hails from Mooresville, North Carolina and emerged on the scene under the name of Holy Moses. They put out two albums, Latitude Zero in 1995 and Rock 'n Roll Forever in 1996, before changing their name to Killer Khan. They would go on to release a third album, Kill Devil Hills in 1999, and re-release Rock 'n Roll Forever in 2001 under the Killer Khan name and all these releases (both Holy Moses and Killer Khan) are hard to come by nowadays. Thankfully Heaven and Hell Records have decided to re-issue Killer Khan's debut Kill Devil Hills with a new mastering, new artwork and a couple of bonus tracks ("Abomination" and "Iceman [Part II]").
Kill Devil Hills is actually a pretty unique sounding album and does not flirt with the mainstream but comes across with a more unique and original sound to it. It's a combination of straightforward Heavy Metal fused with a catchy grooviness that one can find on some Cathedral albums (check out the song called "Supersonic Masquerade" for example). The band seems to have taken their time trying to figure out which arrangements would serve best for their debut and it sounds like they found the right recipe as far as Kill Devil Hills is concerned. Guitarist/vocalist Killian Khan has a tone in his voice that is similar to Ozzy Osbourne's and I am sure he has heard this comparison many times before. As for specific songs on Kill Devil Hills, "Evilution" is perhaps the one that tore the roof off my house most effectively. The song's main riff is heavier than wet trousers and the gloomy, doomy beginning is a storm warning.
It's good to see albums like Kill Devil Hills getting re-issued and giving us an opportunity to purchase underground gems for our music collections. You should try to get this as the limited run of just 500 copies won't last forever.
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