“Killzone,” the latest single from Living Dead Stars, is a Melodic Hard Rock and Melodic Metal smash that combines the genre’s raw energy with the classic riffs and pace of a simpler time.
Living Dead Stars, a Melodic Hard Rock band founded by M.Nox in London in 2016, is now based in Los Angeles with a new lineup. Influences include Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, System of a Down, as well as elements of film score style orchestrations and Linkin Park style electronica.
Living Dead Stars combines solid and aggressive guitars and drums with groovy bass, melodic vocals, and orchestral synths.
M.Nox (vocals) fronts this juggernaut of a band that comprises drummer Ashley Guest (Benediction), guitarist Spence Conley (Of Eyes That See), and bassist Jon Black, who has toured with Jennifer Batten, Twisted Sister, Ignite, and many others. The band had just ended their U.K. tour with “The Calling” in March 2020 and were ready to embark on a tour with heavy metal titans “Anvil” when the entire world was quarantined for Covid-19. But don’t worry pals; they’ll pick up where they left off with Anvil in the fall of 2022!
Living Dead Stars are now on a roll with their music. “Killzone” is a song that rapidly connects with the listener and continues to reinforce those threads throughout the rest of the encounter.
The song breaks into the room with the organic rock warmth of a timeless classic from the start. The percussion and guitar work immediately appeal and connect – that chord sequence has a particular familiarity. Then comes the lead vocal, which has a distinct tone and style if you’ve heard their past work, and the storyline.
Not only does the band possess all of the actual rock attributes of yesteryear – grit, skill, melody, and passion – but their songwriting, in this case, is brilliantly fascinating. Each new phrase that flows out intrigues and entrances even more. All the while, the band’s lead vocalist presents the journey in an emotionally weighted, soulful, and little raspy manner – all of which contributes to this being a standout single of the year thus far.
“Killzone” is a fantastic track – musically uplifting, effective, and professionally designed to inspire and satisfy, while lyrically leaning in a similarly positive and encouraging direction.
This is a perfectly addicting new track that will almost likely reawaken your enthusiasm for live Melodic Hard Rock and Melodic Metal.