Kill Devil Hill: Kill Devil Hill

Sludgy supergroup serve up a mammoth hunk of rawk.

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It comes as no surprise that Kill Devil Hill, sharing their name with a town in North Carolina, have the blood of Pantera and Down pulsing through their veins in the form of bassist Rex Brown – first track War Machine rips open, oozing with thick, southern-style groove not unlike that of the aforementioned sludge legends.

But Brown isn’t the only famous name emblazoned on this debut: drummer Vinny Appice of Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell and Dio is also part of the package.

Thick grooves, classic heavy metal riffage and a sprinkling of grungy undertones make this a meaty helping of solid rawk. They’ve got the sound nailed and their songwriting is top-notch too – there are a number of belters on this debut.

Heavy, varied and cut from the same cloth as some of metal’s biggest acts, this is one supergroup worth the hype.

Hannah May Kilroy

Hannah May Kilroy has been writing about music professionally for over a decade, covering everything from extreme metal to country. She was deputy editor at Prog magazine for over five years, and previously worked on the editorial teams at Terrorizer and Kerrang!. She currently works as the production editor for The Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Guardian, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer.