KXM New Album Scatterbrain is Organised Chaos
Having often been accused of being a Scatterbrain, often getting me into trouble I was intrigued by the title of the album. Was it going to be a Scattergun approach to styles? Would it like a Scatterbrain never finish one thought process before diving off into a different direction? Would the album be cohesive of the eclectic mix of the trio forming the collaboration? KXM comprise of guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob), drummer Ray Luzier (KoRn) and Kings X front man, Doug Pinnick. Lets put the music on the deck, listen and then decide! Scatterbrain is the follow-up album to the 2014 self-titled album.
Having listened a few times it is unarguably drum led full of tricksy turns as it is kind of Muse meets Volbeat. This is Prog Metal, new with a raw intensity that makes every track grow in its impact on every listen . On repeated listening new grooves, licks and riffs click into place as a sonic picture of a New World Order captured in an exciting collaboration that is cohesive; thoughtful and full of directed melodic force.
Opening with the title track, the album hits all the right spots, huge chorus, lyrics that are memorable coated in a lushness of sound from the start, there is a feel of controlled chaos, manic energy being held just this side of sanity working perfectly as the opening track. As we pull into the third track of the album we are now understanding the twists and turns that are the signature of KXM. Heavy burst of guitar ladled over catchy choruses, pounding beats and large anthem swoops of sound. George’s guitar sparkling with a glistening kaleidoscope of textures and tones and Doug with his crisp distinctive vocals making the mix a sound that has a big sky leading out over the horizon of possibilities.
Then we are taken to a new sound with eastern undertones that open out into a Claypso. Always hard rock the number cleverly collects into its lexicon of sounds African drums, reggae vibe and the smooth Latino groove. Now the heat is rising your musical antennae are twitching we are liking the KXM Scatterbrain approach to its music. The album keeps it’s shape as they do not jump from one thematic feel to another as Not A Single Word flows from Calypso building the warm Caribbean infused rhythm and movement.
The harmonising and rich seam of rhythmic shapes that twist and turns around your ears on Panic Attack, raises the senses into a maelstrom of hits form the notes that paints in sound the vertigo of a Panic Attack. As KXM sings It’s Never enough an understanding dawns that the reality is the one genre of music is never enough we all love the phrasing of a multiplicity of styles and KXM have skilful blended the varied complexities of Punks, Ska and more combined with lyrics that speak to the music of the fan of today.
Yes, Scatterbrain is music of today, but they loop in nostalgic memories threading the past with the future of rock, Noises in the Sky has a sixties feel, capturing your inner Beatle and the closing number Angel a lullaby that excites rather than soothes with its deep riffs that capture the essence of blues whilst never being anything than a tuneful gentle rock love ballad.
On the topic of the musical direction and overall vibe of the new album, Ray recently told Modern Drummer Magazine; “It’s a darker record than the first one, it’s really heavy and it’s very soulful with Doug’s voice leading the way”. Ray further describes the direction of the newbie: “There is some straight ahead rock, bits of prog, ska and tons of dynamics!” and “There is a lot involved but it still sounds like KXM!”
With its thirteen tracks that rock out with an intensity that burns the ears, electric guitar sparks flashing of the deep sonic bass and reverberating around the drums that just keep on rolling. KXM, with Scatterbrain have hit a deep vein of contemporary rock blending styles into a magnificent, cohesive powerhouse as blues is locked into punk, prog and rock.
KXM – Scatterbrain – Rat Pak Records
NINEdoodle paws out of TEN ….
- Big Sky Country
- Not A Single Word
- Noises In the Sky
- Panic Attack
- It’s Never Enough
- True Deceivers