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KXM - Scatterbrain album review

Supergroup trio find their mark

Cover art for KXM - Scatterbrain album

A funny thing about supergroups is that the hype and excitement around their formation often leads to the subsequent debut album being overrated, and by the time the band eventually find their own style everybody’s lost interest. Will KXM follow this trend?

The combination of Ray Luzier (Korn), dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and George Lynch (Dokken/ Lynch Mob) was interesting on 2014’s self-titled debut, but Scatterbrain is a massive leap forward. Not only do the three band members sound like they actually have a powerful rapport, but also the performance and approach is breathtaking. Heavy, grungy and stripped back, the sound is what might happen if Alice In Chains were caught in a studio with Tool, with Jeff Lynne producing. Tracks like Obsession, True Deceivers and Stand have a manic spontaneity, combiningraw metal brutality with harmonic melodic resonance magnificently. Everyone’s playing to their peak, with Pinnick’s vocals plunging and soaring.

KXM have arrived.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.