Thrillkiller – Showdown


Fresh on the heels of their debut EP “Time,” rockers Thrillkiller have returned with a full length LP “Showdown.”

All four tracks from the “Time” EP make a return for this album as well as six new cuts to flesh everything out. From saxophone solos, 80s hair metal vocals and fast beats, Thrillkiller have served up a diverse plate of rock that’s sure to make your head bang and your air guitar flare.

The title track begins with a funky bass groove and tingling hi-hats to spark this song through the verses. Halfway through the song, there’s a saxophone solo that sounds out of place on paper, but with the bass line and the peddling drum beat, the sax is more than welcome. The only way to follow an unexpected sax solo is with a finger-bleeding guitar solo from Maxim Sobchenko and shrieking vocals from Rob Bradley.

“A Reason” opens with a distant drum pattern and Bradley softly singing into the mic asking for “a fantasy story that will never fail.” The beat and progression sound melancholy as do the lyrics, but Bradley’s voice adds a layer of desperation to the song that pushes it over the edge  and not getting bogged down with sorrow. By the end of the song, Bradley sounds like he’s regained his strength and shouts to be given a sign and for everything to be made right.

Another track on the album that could be pulled straight from 80s hair is “The Believer.” This song is fast but has a groovy chorus with layered vocals that make it sound like a matrimony between past and present.  

 The closer, “Social Disease” starts with everything being turned up to 11 with bass heavy drums and loud guitars that can make you lose your breath if you aren’t prepared. The chorus sounds like a chorus from an 80s hair metal band with more ear-piercing vocals from Bradley and a guitar ever-so-distorted to perfection from Sobchenko. 

Thrillkiller keep the thrills coming on their debut LP “Showdown” with flavor of years past, but the edge and style of today. It’s a perfect pairing for anyone wanting something modern, but also hasn’t forgotten the roots of the genre.

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