I’m not going to lie, I was both excited and nervous to listen to this album. Most people know Waylon Reavis from his days in Mushroomhead prior to the return of founding member J Mann (aka Jason Popson). Being from the Charlotte, NC area, I knew of Waylon before his stint with the masked Clevelanders. Back in the very early 2000’s, he fronted a band called 3 Quarters Dead and they released their debut album, Blueprint Of A Strange Mind, just before Mushroomhead tapped him to replace the recently departed Popson. Even though Waylon was pretty young, the talent was evident. He could scream, he could spit, he could SING. Fast forward about 10+ years, after spending all that time essentially trying to copy someone else’s style, Waylon has a new band and a new chance to show what he’s really capable of.
A Killer’s Confession melds elements of various bands from my formative years. They’re essentially a nu-metal/groove band. I know a lot of people cringe at even the mention of nu-metal, but there is no denying the impact it had on a large group of people (myself included). A few years ago, Reavis tried striking back out on his own with a group called Tenafly Viper, but it never really took off. They were basically what I considered to be tough-guy, bro-ish, dive bar metal…kind of like Five Finger Death Punch but with their heads not quite so far up their asses, so to speak. Hence my fear for Unbroken. I knew what Waylon could do, but would he have the right kind of band behind him to do it? I’m glad to say he does.
Unbroken gives us an intro that gets you ready for good groove metal with a bit of an industrial element. The first song, “Spawn Of Seven” almost feels like a Mushroomhead song. That’s not meant to be a diss on Waylon. I actually like a decent amount of their music, to be quite honest. And let’s face it, you play in a band for 10 years, you’re gonna take some of that with you. For once, however, its like Mushroomhead wrote a song in which clean vocalist Jeffrey Nothing DOESN’T overshadow everything with his voice. There’s also a vibe in the song that reminds me of Dope during their early days (think Felons And Revolutionaries). I was a little sad that Waylon had an effect that seemed to muffle his voice, but the music made up for it.
The next song, “Rebirth” was when I knew the record has serious potential. It comes in with a lo-fi filter guitar lick that then kicks in full blast. Waylon comes in with some serious melody. I always felt his singing was so under-ultilized in Mushroomhead (again, Jeffrey Nothing tended to dominate the cleans), so I was thrilled to hear him sing and show he has a great voice. The song almost reminded me of Motograter (remember them? when Ivan Moody was actually good?) Then barreling along on the nu-metal influenced throwback train comes the track for which the band is named. Its slow and lurching. Its creepy. Which, if a song is called “A Killer’s Confession,” it damn well better be. This song features guitar lines by Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, and boy there’s no mistaking it. The high screeching/chorus and flanger laden guitar lines are straight out of something I expect to find on the cutting room floor of Follow The Leader.
A few songs later, another guest appearance by One-Eyed Doll’s Kimberly Freeman shows some serious melody while her and Waylon sing a nice duet during the chorus. Overall, the album has lots of melody and groove. Its a great mix of all the things I loved about nu-metal and it feels familiar and comfortable. Its almost complex in its simplicity. Let’s face it, if you were never a fan of nu-metal in general, or never a fan of anything Waylon has done previously, then odds are this record isn’t going to change your mind. I, however, definitely want to see where this group goes in the future. Congrats, Waylon…you’re back on the right track!
Review by: Colin Steele
Top Tracks: “Rebirth”, “A Killer’s Confession”, “Final Breath”
About The Band:
Watch “A Killers Confession” Lyric Video:
A Killer’s Confession – “Unbroken” album BIO 2017 A Killer’s Confession is: Waylon Reavis (Vocals) Jon Dale (Drums) JP Cross (Bass) Matt Trumpy (Guitar) Paul Elliott (Guitar)
A Killer’s Confession, the new band led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis has constructed one of the most high-octane, adrenaline fueled, gut wrenching albums of the year. The band’s debut album “Unbroken” is equal parts beauty and tragedy and takes the listener on a journey to the edge of insanity and back. New single “Rebirth” is playing on more than 40 Active Rock radio stations and was the most added first week out.
“Unbroken” was produced by Reavis with Engineer/Mixer Richard Easterling (American Head Charge, Doll Skin, Emperors and Elephants) at Richmond, KY’s Third Sky Studio. The album has been released via EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.
“I am so proud of this project, and being able to come back with an absolutely KILLER record, with KILLER musicians” states Reavis. “Anyone who has been a fan of anything I have done previously, is absolutely going to be floored by AKC.”
On signing to EMP Reavis had this to say. “I am so thankful to Thom Hazaert and David for believing in me and getting behind this project the way they have. I have been watching everything they’ve done the last year, and I am so proud and excited to be part of the EMP family.”
Reavis was co-vocalist for MUSHROOMHEAD from 2004 to 2015, and appears on the albums Savior Sorrow (2006), Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children (2010), and The Righteous & The Butterfly (2014), as well as other projects including TENAFLY VIPER, which also featured former Chimaira bassist Jim LaMarca.
A Killer’s Confession – On Tour
Get A Killers Confession:
Official Website: http://www.akillersconfession.com | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akillersconfession | Twitter: http:www.twitter.com/WaylonAKC | Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a_killers_confession | iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rebirth/id1225673392?i=1225674112 | Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/5zLrMhpswOj8Wk9EK1PTDM