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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
There's just something about a truly great power trio that, when it works, it REALLY works, and that is most definitely the case with the first (and hopefully not the last) offering from the latest "supergroup" power trio of Doug Pinnick, George Lynch and Ray Luzier known as "KXM". What the title, taken from key letters of their respective bands, Korn, King's X and Lynch Mob, may lack in imagination is more than made up for by the 13 (ok, 12 with a "radio edit" extra version of "Rescue Me") blistering, funky, grooving hard rockin' tunes that make up this thrill-ride of a rock record.

While the most obvious comparisons here will be to King's X, understandable with the inimitable vocals and distinctive bass tones of King's X frontman Pinnick, as well as a similarly melodic and groove-oriented song structure with strong harmony vocals, it's the highly-original styles of Luzier and Lynch take the record into new territory and give it a bit more gritty aggression than one would normally associate with King's X. The resulting blend demonstrates a uniqueness and chemistry that just plain WORKS and makes KXM a band much greater than just the admittedly formidable sum of its talented parts.

Doug Pinnick is Doug Pinnick, which is to say, one of the greatest rock 'n' roll singers ever to take the stage, and a distinctive and original bassist whose patented growly, fat tone is the PERFECT backbone to fill out a 3-piece band, as he has proven beyond all doubt on his legendary work with King's X over the years. Luzier's technical, yet MASSIVELY funky grooves are the perfect compliment for Doug's bass, and the two of them make a powerful, funky & formidable rhythm section that serves as the foundation upon which George Lynch delivers some of his most interesting and inspiring guitar work in years. George's playing truly shines on this record, and he's somehow managed to "shred" less while actually sounding MORE smoldering and intense than he has in quite a while. He really stretches himself here and has reinvented himself to become a more focused and mature player than ever, still rocking brilliantly, yet adopting some of Ty Tabor's uncanny ability to write solos that actually support and lift the songs more than show off his technique, something he certainly has nothing to prove about at this point about to anyone!

Without breaking the individual songs down, Lynch's fiery, melodic intensity is in no finer form than on the record's standout track (IMO), "Burn". This song is simply a hard rock masterpiece, the ultimate blend of groove and aggressiveness, and Lynch's solos are tasty, melodic-yet-smokin' lessons in how to play lead rock guitar, and he's put himself right back on the map as a veteran player whose modern work is as relevant and impressive as his classic work with Dokken and Lynch Mob.

If you love great, grooving, fiery melodic hard-rock songs that make you crank your stereo all the way up and drive too fast, this record is a MUST-have, just be warned: The band is not responsible for any legal ramifications you may suffer for the lead foot you WILL experience if you listen to KXM while driving!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2014
In my opinion, not since 1970 have 3 musicians(playing Guitar, Bass, and Drums) sounded this exciting and fresh! This disc is awesome. They all draw off their musical arsenals and put it on the line. These guys need to quit their day jobs and concentrate on this project. (please excuse the reference but)As Randy Jackson of American Idol would say: "This Is How You Do It"! The songs are well written, tight, and hit you right in the gut, as good metal should. This disc makes you want to play an instrument if you already don't. "I dusted off my guitar and amp and have managed to irritate the neighbors again....just waiting for the cops to show up"! CRANK IT BABY!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
For once there is a super group that uses the sum of its parts and creates a great album. Sure, you hear a little Kings X in some of the tunes, but it goes well beyond that with great playing.It may be George Lynch at his best. He keeps in the pocket and doesn't overwhelm the songs. Yet he still shows his tremendous talent. The whole package is well done.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
KXM is amazing. When most people turn 60, they start thinking of retiring. dUg Pinnick decided to do another tour with King's X, and to also start cranking out super-group side projects. This is the latest supergroup project with the guitarist from Dokken and drummer from Korn. You can clearly distinguish each musician's playing style out of the mix, but everything works flawlessly together. To my ears, this album has a heavy King's X vibe throughout: it actually sounds like Dogman-era King's X with the drummer from Korn (he and Jerry Gaskill have very different styles). It doesn't have the same groove as King's X, and is definitely more "in your face" rock. This album kills it! I want nothing more than to see dUg Pinnick get his due: hardest working man in show business, and good Lord what a great bass player!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
The name may not be something of an attractive one but behind the name lies 3 of the best musicians in their respective criterias. You got Dug (King's X), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone, Korn) and George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob). The songs in this album are simply awesome, mixing in a heavy sound with superior lyrics that just catch you straight on.

What simply makes this album roll is Luzier's drumming, so complex and yet so finical at the same time. His drumming in this album reminds me of his other side project (Army of Anyone) in which it was the same but in here it's heavier and quicker.

George Lynch & Pinnick round it out with soulful singing and howling from Dug and Lynch's guitar is so thick and heavy that makes even the lighter sounding songs sound heavy.

This album is so rare since it didn't even get any coverage. This should get a wide coverage for its extreme debut.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
veteran musicians who put it all together and sound exactly how you wished they would.
with pristine harmonies and a wall of modern sound that gets you singing along for the ride
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
This is an absolutely amazing record. Dug lays down great grooves and Lynch does everything from Korn type noodles to Lynch Mob solos. Ray absolutely fits with Dug as a drummer. I was wondering how the Double bass work would play out and it works. Great listen and so far a favorite in 2014.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2014
Korn plus King's X plus Dokken equals awesome. I don't think there is anything with dUg Pinnick that I don't like?! Anyway many great songs. I may not care for only one of them. A1 cd.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
The drums and guitar riffs are intense. The vocals are soulful. The melodies get in your head. The guitar solos have a range of sweet tones. A+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
On paper, the union of longtime King's X frontman/bassist Dug Pinnick, 80s metal guitar icon George Lynch (known variously for his contributions with Dokken and Lynch Mob) and Ray Luzier, drummer of Korn (of all people!) seems a tad incongruous. But the music they managed to forge together suggests a band as focused and unified in purpose as any.

The 11 tightly-wound soul/metal missives that make up KXM's track list (not counting bonus cuts) are delivered with an almost feral commitment by the unlikely trio. Lynch offers a gleaming platter of memorable riffs that rival his best (to say nothing of the solos, which find the veteran virtuoso continuing to push his own envelope in search of six string nirvana), as he incorporates various modern effects and tunings (and a Tom Morello-esque penchant for toggle-flipping). He deftly brushes any and all lingering "hair metal" associations off this canvas, coming off more like a hungry up-and-comer than a complacent veteran from the MTV era.

And then there's Dug Pinnick, whose entire career with King's X can only be characterized as "perennially overlooked". The impossibly talented, original and influential band simply has never gotten its due, despite countless plaudits from far more commercially successful peers and a tireless persistance that has stretched over more decades than I care to mention. Pinnick, simply put, has no laurels to rest on, and he sings like his life depends on it on the KXM record.

And what can be said of Pinnick's singing? He's simply an anomaly - steeped in gospel and the blues, yet one of heavy rock's most faithful stewards. His world-weary vocals and confessional lyrics give these proceedings a depth and pathos rarely heard in modern hard rock and metal. He's the band's lynchpin (no pun, I promise). Meanwhile, his distinctive growly bass tone (which spawned countless imitators through the 90s) locks with Luzier's tom-tom-laden grooves to provide a thundering and dynamic foundation for the songs.

Luzier, for his part, blazes behind the skins with impeccible precision and force, clearly driven to put his stamp on the songs and excited as hell to be playing with two of his idols. He doesn't have the behind-the-beat breadth-of-pocket of King's X's Jerry Gaskill, but his hard-hitting staccato proficiency wows.

I won't go into a song-by-song analysis, but suffice it to say that KXM has produced one of the most hard-hitting, committed and stylish heavy rock debuts in recent memory.
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