Tags: Kill Devil Hill
Review, Photos, & Video by Mark Ambrose
My evening started right after I left my day job. A quick motorcycle ride to downtown Dallas, to meet up with Kill Devil Hill during the venue’s sound check for an in-person interview. Being my first interview, I was a little nervous but mostly excited; I felt it went pretty well. If you haven’t already done so, check it out by visiting the link at the end of this review; the audio file is at the bottom of the interview page. After interviewing Vinnie, Rex, Mark, & Dewey on the tour bus, I made my way outside to find a line of quite a few fans already waiting to get into the club or grab a few autographs from the bands; it was hard to tell since the venue still had 1 hour to go before opening the doors. Let me also go on record and say that this was only one of two times I had ever been on a tour bus full of musicians (this one actually with them present); it was kind of surreal at first, but I was able to keep my professional composure.
I arrived later that evening, well after doors opened, to make it in time to see local Dallas band Waves of Chaos finishing their set; we had missed the opening band and did not get a chance to hear their set or find out anything about them. Waves of Chaos on the other hand, well they didn’t do so hot; the crowd just wasn’t too into their sound and at the end of their set, their bassist had lost all audio for his guitar and the back audio guys didn’t really seem to care. I’m not quite sure what happened with that incident and neither did the band either, from the looks of it. The band finished their set and played through the last song like troopers; some bands would have stopped mid song or worst yet, freaked out, so I give them credit on that part. Given the opportunity, I would give Waves of Chaos a second listening; in no way am I saying their music isn’t worth listening to, just the performance that night was not up to par for my standards. Now on to the bread and butter of this review…
Imagine a little bit of Pantera, some Black Sabbath, and throw a little Dio in there to mix it all together…what do you get? Vinnie Appice (formerly of Sabbath & Dio) & Rex Brown’s (formerly of Pantera & Down) newest musical brainchild, Kill Devil Hill. They truly have a sound that captures their audience’s attention from the minute they hit the stage, leaving your ears wet for more! I don’t know if it’s the strong guitar hooks, the rockin’ groove, or Dewey Bragg’s vocals that set this band apart; some would even argue that Dewey has an eerie resemblance (vocally) to the late Layne Staley from Alice In Chains, with powerful melodic choruses. The band performed all their songs from their upcoming self-titled album Kill Devil Hill which is set to hit store shelves May 22nd; make sure you grab your copy this week!
As heard in the interview, vocalist Dewey Bragg experienced a life-changing event when his home went up in flames which helped inspire the song “Up In Flames” which KDH closed their set with, and is one of my favorite picks off their new album. Some other crowd favorites of the evening were “Voodoo Doll” and “Revenge” which both have heavy rifts and insane guitar solos by Mark Zavon. Finally not to exclude anyone from the review, both Rex & Vinnie were as veteran as they come; showing the house how those “original” rockers do it. My only complaint was that Rex decided to not do a solo bass performance much like Mark & Vinnie did on their own; either way the ex-Pantera/Down member still knows how to pluck them strings.
Also headlining with Kill Devil Hill was Adrenaline Mob or AMOB for short; they have been touring alongside Kill Devil Hill for the past several weeks. Due to time constraints, we were not able to stay for their set or the “All-Star Jam Session” that supposedly was to take place after the show where both members of KDH and AMOB would take the stage and play a few covers. I was kind of disappointed that I did not stay for this part, but I’m sure it was an epic performance. AMOB and KDH will be on tour through the end of this month and you can see their remaining tour list below. As for KDH, they plan to tour in lieu of their new album releasing this month but have not released any future tour dates or cities at this time.
Upcoming shows for Kill Devil Hill:
5/18/2012 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
5/19/2012 – Ft. Lauderale, FL – Revolution
5/21/2012 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
5/22/2012 – Charlotte, NC – Amo’s Southend