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Killer - Broken Silence (8/10) - Belgium - 2003

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Mausoleum Records
Playing time: 71:02
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Broken Silence
  2. Crash & Burn
  3. Time Machine
  4. Dancing With The Devil
  5. The Land Of The Pharaoh
  6. High In The Mountains
  7. The Answer
  8. Only The Strong Survive
  9. Hear Me Calling
  10. A Matter Of Time
  11. The Run Of The Chupacabra
  12. Lethal Virus
Killer - Broken Silence
It seems that the bands from the Eighties seem to awaken from their long slumber one after one to come back, first TRANCE under the new name of TRANCEMISSION, now Belgian KILLER. And as next to nobody has ever heard of them, let me take a little look into the past of them, too.

Originally founded in 1980, the Belgians released 4 albums until 1990 before going under (between the third and fourth was a 6 year break, too), now, 13 years after their fourth album and 23 years after their foundation "Broken Silence" suddenly sees the light of day and here we have another parallel to TRANCEMISSION's "Back In Trance II", because it is a damn good album!

OK, I do not know anything of their older material, so I cannot say, where the new material stands compared to it, but if it had been as good back then, then I guess I need to check them out for sure, because what these four guys deliver on "Broken Silence" is good, very good indeed! Sure, if you like it modern or rough, forget about it, but if you can appreciate very well crafted Heavy/Power Metal with a voice that is not high and where the music also features some influences that are not all common in this genre, then you have come to the right place with KILLER!

The opening title track has the obligatory intro already incorporated and is a great way to kick off an album, driving and powerful, for some maybe a little too much keyboard in the beginning, but in my opinion it fits very well indeed. Here the voice of mainman Shorty (in real life Paul Van Camp) should also be mentioned, because it has some raw power as many vocalists back in the Eighties had been, no three octave voice or all too elaborate stylings, a good voice he still has, no doubt and a damn good song "Broken Silence" is, too, not least due to the powerful chorus.

And in the course of the rest of the album (with more than 70 minutes playing time quite colossal!) we are treated with more goodies like this, the driving "Dancing With The Devil", "The Land Of The Pharaoh" with its Egyptian melodies, the anthemic "High In The Mountains" or the great two-part instrumental "The Run Of The Chupacabra", which all breathe the spirit of the Eighties, but at the same time sound up to date, not least thanks to the very good production.

So if you have a certain affinity to this particular style, KILLER's comeback album should very well be something for you and the Belgians show that there are good reunions out there :) (Online June 11, 2003)

Alexander Melzer



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