I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening to this CD. So much of what gets released these days is better suited to high school gyms, not pressed discs for the masses. The Killing Floor wasn't what I was expecting. I was thinking that I was getting into another CD with unintelligible "singing" and a cacophony of guitars fighting to be noticed. What I got was eleven tightly put together tracks that could easily find their way into mass consciousness.
The Killing Floor is a four piece band from New York City from what I was able to find. The band is Marco Argiro on vocals and bass, brothers Mark Alberici on lead guitar and Oliver Alberici on guitar, and Chris Bunatta on drums. The band also writes all of the music on the CD which makes this even more impressive.
From the beginning of the first track, “Leap To Safety”, you know that this isn’t the typical unheard of band. The guitars are tight, the vocals are clean, and the rhythm is spot on. Lyrics are thought out and make sense and that’s a refreshing change from what so many bands are putting out. “Grace” is another stand out track that really makes you take notice. The guitar work is excellent and again the vocals are crystal clear. I found “Images Repeating” to be the track that I enjoyed the most. It’s a compelling mix of heavier sounds and lighter sounds that I was just instantly drawn to. The balance that The Killing Floor found on this is something to be commended.
If you’re a fan of Rock music that’s more than yelling and shredding this is definitely one to check out. Not that there isn’t a place for the heavier sounds, but every now and then it’s refreshing to find something that effortlessly straddles the line between Rock and more melodic music. Taking the best of both worlds is something that this band has achieved. I’ll be keeping an eye on this band to see how they continue to evolve.