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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.

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! 

KXM Official BREAKOUT video

Vote for KXM’s “Scatterbrain” at Rockin’ 101

Central Minnesota’s Rock Station, Rockin’ 101 is spinning Scatterbrain. Go vote for it!

Click here to support KXM on Rockin’ 101!

KXM SCATTERBRAIN OFFICIAL VIDEO

Check out the new official video from KXM…SCATTERBRAIN.  Order the new record here!  

Statement from George regarding Dokken

Thank you to everyone who came out and to those who were unable to attend but still showed support for the 7 Dokken shows.  I know it meant a lot to the fans and to the four of us to reunite even for this limited number of shows.  Just to avoid any confusion going forward, at this time there are no concrete plans for any future Dokken reunion shows.  (There is some discussion for 2017).  Jeff and myself will not be a part of the upcoming Dokken shows until further notice.

Thanks again to everyone, keep an eye out for a live DVD in 2017.

-George

Reunited Dokken performs in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Thanks to our friends over at Blabbermouth.net, here’s a great collection of reports, video and photos from the South Dakota Dokken reunion.  This is the only scheduled Dokken reunion show in the United States.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/reunited-dokken-performs-in-sioux-falls-south-dakota-video-footage-photos/

35 years of George Lynch! Check out Jay Parmar’s killer video

Check out the cool and unique video that our friend Jay Parmar put together.  Give him a thumbs up and punch that subscribe button!