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Behind the scenes video of KXM-Scatterbrain video shoot

Check out the behind the scenes from the latest KXM video shoot!

Metal Hammer review of KXM-Scatterbrain by Dave Ling

METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE / by Dave Ling / KXM “Scatterbrain” Review

On the face of it, KXM are a logic-defying pool of seemingly random talent. Take one former hair-metaller – ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch – and throw him into the mixer with Korn drummer Ray Luzier, then add the musical chameleon that is dUg Pinnick, bassist/vocalist of the impossible-to-categorise King’s X, introduce them at a party and suggest working together under an impenetrably initialled name (Lynch’s contribution, the ‘M’, derives from the second word in the moniker of his current act, Lynch Mob).

If a self-titled debut issued in 2014 suggested KXM had legs, Scatterbrain offers more of the same, but better. All three members are über-serious musicians fluent in multiple genres (don’t forget that Luzier has also backed Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth), and although these 13 songs were jammed out in the studio, aside from the expected musical chops they really flourish courtesy of some deep, hulking grooves and Pinnick’s soulful singing.

Prog Magazine review of KXM-Scatterbrain by Gary MacKenzie

PROG MAGAZINE / by Gary MacKenzie / KXM Scatterbrain” Review

This side-project-cum-supergroup’s eponymously titled 2014 debut stimulated a lot of interest, and this second salvo is set to raise the band’s profile further. Initially, the combination of Kings X mainman dUg Pinnick handling bass and lead vocals, Korn drummer Ray Luzier, and Dokken and Lynch Mob axe-wrangler George Lynch might seem a slightly disparate blend. The result, perhaps unsurprisingly, sits somewhere between the nu-metal/alt rock of Korn and the eclectic, hard-edged sounds and soulful hooks of Kings X, with Lynch terrific throughout adding grit and invention.

Apparently written entirely in the studio over a three-week period, Scatterbrain clocks in at well over an hour of quite wide-ranging material, albeit with consistent core sounds and an overall feel. Straight out of the gate, the title track is a jagged, urgent statement of intent with Pinnick almost howling the one-word refrain. For a guy in his 60s, Pinnick sounds great and he stamps his identity very firmly on this album (he’s also looking annoyingly spry in the promo pics). For fans of Kings X, tracks like Breakout, the rhythmic pump and chunky riffing of Big Sky Country with its Gillan-esque screams, and the slightly bluesy Noises In The Sky may help to ease the wait for their next long threatened release.

Funk and blues elements crop up frequently, in tracks like Obsession, True Deceivers and Stand for instance, and Not A Single Word incorporates bits of pop rock and even ska. In lesser hands such inclusions might help to consign the project to the “old farts still trying to sound hip” file, but KXM manages to give everything a contemporary sheen and inject real vibrancy, something Luzier’s often driving and unrelenting – yet unerringly appropriate – playing helps to emphasise.

KXM also challenges preconceptions – anyone seeing George Lynch as just an 80s hair metal hold-over, for instance, really needs to hear this and the range of sounds and styles he manages to squeeze out of his guitars – from creative rhythm and solo ideas in Breakout and Calypso to the technoflash noodling of Obsession and Panic Attack. The trio format seems to work well for KXM, and Lynch is a big part of this, managing to coax beguiling and expansive textures out of his instrument in tracks like Stand, but it is tempting to imagine how their sonic world might expand with a dedicated keyboard player.

While arguably not fitting any handy prog-related pigeonhole, Scatterbrain is very definitely worthy of your attention and offers much to fans of hard, slightly raw rock with bold hooks and shrewd twists.

Littleton, CO – 06/17/17

Who
Lynch Mob Live In Concert
When
Saturday, June 17, 2017
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
Freedom Festival at the Platte River Bar (map)
Littleton, CO

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Santa Rosa, CA – 06/16/17

Who
Lynch Mob Live (BUY TICKETS ONLINE)
When
Friday, June 16, 2017
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
The House Of Rock (map)
Santa Rosa, CA

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Blabbermouth review of KXM’s Scatterbrain

Check out the review from the people at Blabbermouth!

Blabbermouth gave a 9 out of 10 review of the album. “Scatterbrain” is a wet-dream sophomore response to a damned fine debut. If you haven’t said: “Wow,” at least five times by album’s end, you weren’t listening…read more here http://www.blabbermouth.net/cdreviews/scatterbrain/#y3gStMeKeR4vjM7G.99

KXM on the cover of Amped magazine

Check out Dug, George and Ray on the cover of Amped magazine, an industry magazine for retailers, wholesalers and the music industry.

KXM Wins Rockin’ 101’s Rock Off vs. Volbeat, Bush and Into The Fire

KXM’s track Scatterbrain was victorious against Volbeat, Bush and Into The Fire on central Minnesota’s rock station Rockin’ 101 WHMH.  Thanks to all the fans who helped with the victory! 

New York, NY – 11/07/17

Who
Lynch Mob Live In Concert
When
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
B.B. King's (map)
New York, NY, USA
Other Info
Lynch Mob Live In Concert

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Ottowa, Ontario – 11/05/17

Who
Lynch Mob Live In Concert
When
Sunday, November 5, 2017
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
The Brass Monkey (map)
Ottowa, Ontario, Canada
Other Info
Lynch Mob Live In Concert

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