Cleveland, OH rockers A KILLER'S CONFESSION are set to release their sophomore album "The Indifference of Good Men" on October 18th. "The Indifference of Good Men" follows the band's 2017 debut album "Unbroken". The album features 12 songs as well as a demo version of the first single from the album "Numb".
The first thing I look for when reviewing an album is the impact of the first single from the album and the opening track. The first single released from an album is usually a stand out song that the band, the label, or both feel has a good punch. To me the opening track should give me a fair representation of what to expect throughout the album. In the case of "The Indifference of Good Men" the opening track is the tune "It's Not Too Late". Hard and heavy with clean vocals, catchy chorus, killer drums from Morgan Bauer and timely added heavy vocals that give a good crush to the skull! Lead guitarist Brock Star has a tasty solo and singer Waylon Reavis has nice pipes. The first single released "Numb" is radically different from the opening track. Whereas "It's Not Too Late" maintains a nice heaviness throughout the song "Numb" takes a little prodding to get there. The tune opens with piano and keyboards with light drums. As track two on the album it's a bit of a head-scratcher after hearing the opening track. But like I said, "Numb" gets there and has some solid guitar crunch and double kick drums. One thing though, the song is powerful. It just suprised me after hearing the first track.
As I dive deeper into the album I find myself wondering what path the band is trying to take me on. "Cocaine" is a decent song but the addition of a tambourine and overly upfront keyboards turns me off. But I power through and get the payoff with Reavis laying down very aggressive heavy vocals for a short spot. Then I turned to "Satisfied", a total departure from "It's Not Too Late" and "Numb". This tune confuses me even more. Ok, it has some heavy guitar chords but the techno keyboards and the ridiculous spoken vocals just kill it for me. Same with "Reanimated". The techno drum machine sound of the drums, the robotic voice singing the chorus just drives me crazy because it's clear these dudes have talent. There's just too much added shit that continues to water down some decent songs.
A KILLER'S CONFESSION sure sound like they are overflowing with talent but on "The Indifference of Good Men" man do they try to do too much. There are definitely solid points on the album but sometimes guys less is more.
A Killer's Confession (AKC) is:
Waylon Reavis - vocals
Morgan Bauer - drums
JP Cross - bass
Mark Alexander - guitar
Brock Star - lead guitar