Killer Klown – Gain (2009)

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Killer Klown – Gain (2009, Street Symphonies Records)

  1. Monster Idiot
  2. Bloody Velvet
  3. Tropical Disease
  4. Big Town
  5. Broken Silence
  6. Too Bad
  7. Joker
  8. Smoke This
  9. Acid Rain
  10. Gangster
  11. Demolition Man

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Band Lineup:
Gabry – Vocals
Diablo – Guitars
Andy K. – Drums
Nicoch – Bass

Produced by: Killer Klown

Country: Italy

Total Time = 36:32

Killer Klown MySpace page
Street Symphonies Records

There seems to be a big Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene coming out of Italy lately because I’ve been sent a lot of new albums from there recently. Killer Klown are the newest band to hit my radar with their debut record GAIN. The band plays a dirty brand of Sleaze/Glam/Hard Rock and that they profess to be “the pure essence of rock ‘N Roll with no compromises” and “a great Rock ‘N Roll explosion in your face!”. I like the attitude and cockiness and it translates straight into the music because they seriously rock! The band reminds me of big time acts like L.A. Guns, Skid Row and Guns ‘N Roses, as well as, rising stars like Gypsy Pistoleros, Dirty Penny and Wig Wam.

Opening track ‘Monster Idiot’ features blazing guitars and crashing cymbals around lead singer Gabry’s Axl Rose/Sebastion Bach style delivery. High powered energy with screaming guitars solos, Killer Klown set the bar high to open GAIN. ‘Bloody Velvet’ slows down a little but it has that dirty ’80s Sunset Strip sound while ‘Tropical Disease’ chugs along with speedy precision. One of my favorite tunes on the album is ‘Big Town’, it has this infectious chorus and backing vocal while the guitars swirl around until the solo. This has APPETITE era GnR written all over it, it has that catchy hook with a big time swagger.

‘Broken Silence’ slows down to mid-tempo/ballad speed with a cool melodic sense and harmony that reminds me of the power balladry of classic Skid Row and Bon Jovi. This song definitely has that ’80s feel to it and it’s probably my favorite song from the album…..it has crystal clear guitars and melodic vocals. The band picks up speed again with the hard rocking ‘Too Bad’ and the playful GnR styled ‘Joker’, another major highlight for me on GAIN! ‘Joker’ has that playful Nuno Bettencourt influenced guitar, with an awesome solo and big gang vocals at the chorus…..it just sounds like one of those Hard Rock party songs we all listened to.

Killer Klown get back to a mid-tempo groove with ‘Smoke This’, a song that has more of a edgy modern Hard Rock sound, while ‘Acid Rain’ is more of an instrumental/spoken word piece that serves as a dark intro to the following song….’Gangster’. The first time I heard the vocal effects on ‘Gangster’, I immeadiately thought they sounded familiar to the effects used on Motley Crue’s GENERATION SWINE (1997) when Nikki Sixx would sing. I like the trade-off between the effects and Gabry’s regular voice and the guitars are definitely intense. Closing song on the record is ‘Demolition Man’, another high energy song with serious drum pounding and gritty vocals. The song gets very melodic around the chorus and it’s instantly catchy, the guitar solo is one of the best on the record. I have to say, I’m impressed with Killer Klown.

Bottom Line:
If you like ’80s Hard Rock with a lot of Sleaze/Glam attitude, and solid musical performances, then Killer Klown’s GAIN is worth checking out. I hate to keep comparing Killer Klown to the likes of GnR and Skid Row but the proof is in the music and you can definitely hear the influences. The band sounds tight, the songs are well written, and the production is top notch…..GAIN is one of the best CDs I’ve heard this year! For a debut album the band has hit on all cylinders and I will be anxiously waiting for future releases.

Favorite Songs:
‘Joker’, ‘Broken Silence’, ‘Demolition Man’, ‘Monster Idiot’

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3 comments on “Killer Klown – Gain (2009)

  1. With my whole scared of clowns thing I couldn’t imagine anything with KLOWN (specially spelled with a K) could be good…lol

    Actually the album sounds good a great blog to back it up as well.

  2. Pingback: Nikki Sixx - The Bass Player | Piano Learning - Online Music Course

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