KXM – Circle Of Dolls (Review)

KXM To Release New Album "Circle Of Dolls"

 

Review:

To say that I’m blown away by KXM‘s new album “Circle Of Dolls” is an understatement.  Each album by the band has shown a musical progression and the willingness to take chances.  But this new album is simply the best of the output to date.  From the first few notes of “War Of Words,” you know this one is going to be a banger.  Hell, why shouldn’t it be?  The combined members of the band have had phenomenal success with their respective bands.  I mean, come on, you’ve got one of the best living rock guitarists in the world with George Lynch, an incredible bassist, and vocalist with King’s X‘s Dug Pinnick and Korn‘s hard-hitting drummer, Ray Luzier. Anytime that you bring musicians of this caliber together, you’re bound to get something creative.  You get all of that an more.

Music critics, like myself, are always complaining that rock radio has gotten boring and stale with every band sounding the same and no one taking any chances.  Well, I’m here to tell you that KXM have made Rock N’ Roll dangerous again.  Simply put, this album is brilliant in every way.

One of the best tracks on the album “Mind Swamp”, is deliciously evil with George Lynch‘s guitar riffs setting the mood and making the track hypnotizing to listen to.  The band isn’t pulling any punches with this outing and it shows.  This is what rock n’ roll should be.

The band stretches their boundaries and have created a unique album that demands your attention and stands up to repeat listens, which just gets better and better.  The title track is a cool, swaggering rocker with some Beatles-Esque harmonies in the chorus.  “Lightning” is another stand out track for me and really gives Pinnick a chance to bring the soulful vocal tones that he’s so good at.

They don’t make records like this anymore.  It’s a pure immersive experience from beginning to end with every song being spectacular.  Lynch’s wicked guitar sound simply brings this album to an almost organic life-form of its own.  You’re not likely to hear a more inspired, creative and musically superior rock album in 2019.  This is hands down the best hard rock album that I’ve heard all year.  If you buy only one rock album this year, make it KXM’s “Circle Of Dolls”.

 

Artist: KXM
Album: Circle Of Dolls
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Label: Rat Pak Records
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

 

Track Listing:

War of Words 4:23
Mind Swamp 5:07
Circle of Dolls 4:38
Lightning 6:39
Time Flies 4:53
Twice 6:16
Big As the Sun 4:22
Vessel of Destruction 4:01
A Day Without Me 4:13
Wide Awake 5:25
Shadow Lover 3:53
Cold Sweats 3:39
The Border 5:35

Band Members:

Dug Pinnick: Vocals, Bass

George Lynch: Guitars

Ray Luzier: Drums

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