Belgian veterans KILLER are back with their second album since their comeback and as the previous album “Broken Silence“ “Immortal” fully stands in the band’s tradition and with that the traditional Heavy Metal of the Eighties. The maybe most defining element of the KILLER sound has been and still is the voice of guitarist Paul “Shorty“ Van Camp, a good bit more gritty than the majority of his colleagues, yet still always remaining melodic. Additionally the at times quite prominent use of keyboards is another factor that sets KILLER apart from many other traditionalists.
On “Immortal“ the quartet really goes all out, with the fast duo “Immortal“ and “Frozen Fire, Burning Ice“, which thunders ahead with traditional riffing and driving drums and unleashes quite some power, before “Stone Cold“ takes the speed out a bit and leads into a keyboard-supported mid-tempo stomper, which is pretty intense and catchy and leaves a very good impression, just like the following “The Mirror“. Opened with playful guitars it is a very dynamic and riffy track with super catchy chorus, borne by Shorty’s characteristic voice, another strong one!
“Highland Glory“ follows its title and incorporates some Celtic influences, while “Liquid Shadows“ sets out almost balladesque, just to break through with powerful double-bass, displaying some very nice dynamics again. And even though KILLER sound good in roundabout all tempos, I still like them best, when they step on the pedal and give us the full volley.
The cover unfortunately again is not very convincing, but this should not keep fans of the traditional and powerful Metal of the Eighties from checking out KILLER, because the Belgians still have a lot of pepper up their behind! (Online September 3, 2005)