Release date: June 24/2014
Review by Reckless Ron
Channel Zero is a Belgian heavy metal band formed in Brussels in 1990. They released their first album ”Channel Zero” in 1992, their sophomore record “Stigmatized For Life” 1993, and their breakthrough album “Unsafe 1994”. In 1996 they unleashed their fourth album in five years “Black Fuel”. At this point in the band’s career they had become the biggest metal act
in Belgium as well as touring the world with Megadeth /Danzig /Biohazard/ Body Count and playing some of the biggest European festivals, the band had developed a growing legion of avid metalheads.
Going from and unknown underground groove thrash metal band to becoming the biggest metal act from Belgium in five short years must have taken its toll, as the band decided to put things on hold in 1997 and released a live CD from one of their last performances as Channel Zero, the band members parted and each went their own ways...
In 2008 thanks to social media sites and a persistent fan base chanting reunion the band sifted through the wreckage of the past and put it behind them to reform and play a show in Brussels.
The show sold out in less than a minute and Channel Zero would end up playing six sold out shows to more than 12,000 people, all tickets sold in less than one hour. Between 2008 and 2012 the band headlined such festivals as Wacken /Graspop/Rock Werchter/Hellfest/70,000 tons of metal cruise and toured extensively. They released their fifth studio album “Feed’em With Brick” in 2011. The album was a mix of old-school thrash and a heavy groove metal thanks to producer Logan Mader .
Tragedy struck the band in August 2013 while working on their sixth studio album when drummer Phil Baheux died due to a rupture of an artery. The band was devastated losing a long-time friend and the energetic center of Channel Zero. But never give up, never surrender; was part of Phils’ core beliefs and the band continued on by recruiting Roy Mayorga (stone sour/soulfly/Sepultura) to fill the big man’s shoes.
Kill all Kings is a tribute to their fallen comrade and demonstrates how the band has matured and their music has diversified and grown to a new plateau. The album is a thunderous blast between snarling slayer-esque thrash metal- stomping groove metal and even hints of bluesy Danzigish gut punches.
The opening track Dark Passenger has a fist pumping straightforward 2/4 backbeat to it that every metalhead will appreciate. Franky (vox) belts out the lyrics with raw strength changing to a sonic wail leading into catchy choruses, this song is destined for heavy radio airplay. Im\m/0
Electronic Cocaine has an eerie sludge like groove to it with a slower tempo which builds to a crescendo into each course. Mike’s menacing guitar hooks give this song the dirty swagger and punch that drives the songs message home.
The third track on kill all Kings entitled Burn The Nation is a fast tempo straightforward metal masterpiece. Franky’s vocals are strong and fierce yet incorporating memorable courses that scream let’s burn this fucker down \m/
Digital Warfare is definitely a circle pit song. A real Kreator vibe going on here, two thumbs up, my personal favorite off this disc.
I enjoy how this album has different styles and grooves to each song, the fifth track Ego demonstrates Franky’s vocal capabilities, with the bass and drum providing a thunderous backdrop. The song roller coasters through soft interludes into jaw-dropping heaviness with Mike weaving some interesting guitar licks throughout.
Crimson Collider is another one of my favorites off this CD. The song opens up with a feeling of holding back then releasing the floodgates of metal. I can’t help but mention that Frankie’s vocals remind me of Glenn Danzig only heavier and richer.
The title track off the CD Kill All Kings is a complete thrash down- hold no bars- ass kicker. A definite fast tempo slayer-esque barnburner, that that might make your neck sore from head banging!
Brother’s Keeper starts off with a soulful slow tempo movement to it. At first glance one would think this is a simple ballad but the song has some deep depth lyrically and the song slowly builds into a very heavy epic piece of metal. Frank’s vocals have a raw power and rage similar to some of Jeff Martin’s (tea party) best work.
The craziest track on this CD would have to be Army Of Bugs which has a marching anthem like approach to it, painting a picture of an apocalyptic world being devastated in amachinelike fashion.
Mind Over Mechanics is a high-speed thrasher with sonic capabilities, crushing guitar riffs and lots of energy. The song then blends into the 11th thrash flowing and Frankie switching English and his native Belgium languages throughout the song. Very impressive tune \m/
last song on kill the King: Heart Stop kind of wraps things up and maybe gives the band some closure after losing a dear friend in the band’s drummer. It’s a reflective song tastefully done with the help of some keys and brilliant production work that fits well on the CD as a final number.
Overall I would rate this album nine out of 10 ! I would strongly recommended it to anyone because the disc is applicable to everyone, a well blended album. I look forward to the bands deserved success and thoroughly enjoyed this review \m/
1. dark passenger
2. electronic cocaine
3. burn the nation
4. digital warfare
track Duisternis which keeps the high-speed
6. Crimson collider
7. kill all Kings
8. Brother’s keeper
9. army of bugs
10. mind over mechanics
12. heart stop
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