A Killer’s Confession, fronted by Waylon Reavis who is previously known for his work with MUSHROOMHEAD, are releasing their second studio album The Indifference Of Good Men next week on the 18th and we have an exclusive review to give you all the low down.
The album starts strong with “It’s Not Too Late,'' a track that is true to what we have already heard from AKC. Drilling guitar riffs and percussion, gruff vocals and a great hook, but it’s neater. There’s much less muddiness. It’s a solid introduction of what’s to follow, which is a lighter collection than their previous work in my opinion. Their debut album Unbroken holds a very dark tone next to The Indifference Of Good Men. Reavis experiments with cleaner vocals and melodies and though it is high energy instrumentally, it isn’t all the same chugging guitar and drilling beats. This is perfectly showcased in the following number, “Numb”. Opening with a mixture of piano and synth, this song takes a pretty big turn from songs like “Rebirth” or “1080”.
“Trust Me” and “Cocaine” bring the octane up again with pounding basslines and Reavis’ signature growl back in action. “One Step” and “Satisfied” are full blown industrial tracks and carry the influences of the likes of Korn, with highly produced vocals and classic static overlays.
If I had to call out any one particular track for being mainstream it would be “Reanimated”. Following the lead of many modern radio hits, this one mixes synth, catchy lines and a little bit of electronic vocal editing to formulate an adrenalizing tune that I could easily see making its run on the air waves. Changing the tune once again, the album ends with the melodious and dark “Render” and “Numb Raw”, “Numb”’s grittier twin brother.
The Indifference Of Good Men is a little all over the place style wise, with tracks that hold heavy industrial influences while others lean towards the alternative metal side of things. I don’t mean this to be taken negatively, because the band holds their own specific sound throughout the effort, they just chose to bounce around creatively. I for one wholly appreciate listening to a band evolve their material, and AKC proved they have no reservations. There is raw talent in this group and they put it to full use. They did whatever they felt and obviously let the music flow wherever it wanted to go. I highly suggest you check out the album when it drops next week!