THE KILLER HERTZ - A KILLER ANTHEM (Target/Mighty Music Records)
Looking at the band’s pictures, in a nice booklet by the way, I was convinced a new modern Metal band was represented to me…or even a Hardcore band. But the first tunes prove me wrong and so I am digging the Internet to learn more about this band. This band seems to come from out of Denmark and considers themselves as a Hard Rock band. These guys formed this formation in 2012 and ever since they try to stand their ground into the Metal scène. Denmark has good roots when we talk about Metal but the most eye catching band from the last years over there is without any doubts Volbeat.
The success of Volbeat must have inspired The Killer Hertz and they admit that for a part on their Facebook Page. Nothing to blame there for, bands are constantly under the influence of equal souls and what Volbeat did the last years is really great. From an unknown band they made it to a mega popular band, leading the biggest festivals in Europe.
If The Killer Hertz will follow the same path is the question, but with this release they took the right start. This album is full of good written Hard Rock songs on which the melodic lines are standing central. Each and every song contains pretty ‘easy on the ear’ tunes, by refrains and choruses or by good played emotional leads. It’s not as soft as AOR but it’s too soft for being pure Heavy Metal. So Hard Rock is a good description but let we call it modern Hard Rock. Although on some parts the band really uses riffs that could be labelled as Heavy Metal.
With tracks like “RebelHeart”,, “Better days”, “Shattered” (with a nice cello included) and “Swansong” The Killer Hertz will easily steal souls from lots of listeners. Thomas Trold has the ideal voice for this kind of Hard Rock and I’m quite sure he will easily convince lots of listeners. He has a good Rocking voice, warm at some points and on the slower tracks you can hear what he’s capable of. But I suppose this man needs time to grow further, vocal wise but the potential is certainly there. I hear a good band that contains good musicians and for whom good song writing stands central. We also face a band for whom the lyrics are important, what declares an album title like this.
Their modern ‘touch’ and ‘looks’ are an extra trump for the future to go mainstream. Pure Heavy Metal looks would make the world turn their backs on them, either the music is fantastic or not. From strategic point of view this band took the right steps to follow their big examples, now it’s waiting if the world encloses them in their arms. With the right support and with appearances on the big Festivals the success will follow soon I guess. If this happens this would be probably the last review we will ever write about them, as the big labels ignores the underground webzines. We can only hope that bands like this will never forget the power of the underground!
The Killer Hertz delivers a very good debut album, that was actually recorded in 2012 and believe me we will hear more from these lads in the future. Therefore this music is good enough and let me tell you that legendary producer Flemming Rasmussen mixed and mastered this record, as he did for Metallica before. I can only bow for this kind of musicianship. Check these guys out at https://www.facebook.com/thekillerhertzband?fref=ts
My Points: 85 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish