Lady Killer – Lady Killer Review

As a fan of old school Grindhouse/Exploitation films, I have always been fascinated by bands that utilize that same basic concept whether it be lyrically or visually. ...

Release date: Out now

Released by: Heaven and Hell Records

Genre: Metal

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Line-up:

Terry “Lid” Brennan – Bass 

Frank Rajki – Drums 

Joey D’Imperio – Guitars 

Jeff Stewart – Guitars 

K. K. Burns – Vocals

 

Track Listing:

1. Lightning Strikes

2. You Got Me Runnin’

3. Outta My Way

4. Last Chance

5. Go Ahead and Laugh

6. Breaking Away

7. Another Shot In The Dark

8. Waste No Time

9. Lady Killer

As a fan of old school Grindhouse/Exploitation films, I have always been fascinated by bands that utilize that same basic concept whether it be lyrically or visually. When I saw Lady Killer’s cover for their s/t release on Heaven and Hell Records, it was beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was going to have to check it out. It’s a kitchy painting of a scantily clad blond bombshell, wielding a blade with a panther on a leash, awash in a desert wasteland with a smattering of human skulls and other bones. This one would be worthy of the velvet treatment, just saying. Sometimes you will get the wrong impression of a band looking at their covers (you know, don’t judge a book by its cover,) but sometimes the cover tells you everything you need to know. In the case of the Lady Killer album, you definitely know what you’re in store for.

Available for the first time ever on CD, Lady Killer is an album chock full of head banging anthems deeply rooted in early metal- think bands like Raven (minus the high vocals,) Anvil, and Manila Road. There’s never a dull moment with this album from the blazing guitar work of Joey D’Imperio and Jeff Stewart to the powerful vocals of K.K. Burns to the great rhythm section of bassist Terry “Lid” Brennan and drummer Frank Rajiki, Lady Killer are everything diehards love about the sound of the early days of heavy metal. Originally recorded in 1982, this set also features 5 extra bonus tracks on the CD, rare photos, and the sound tweaked by Jamie King of The Basement Studio; this is one of those obscure releases that make a nice addition to your collection. With tracks like “Outta My Way,” “Lightning Strikes Twice,” and “Breaking Away” you will lament the fact that these guys weren’t more on the radar.

Raise your horns and bang your head, Lady Killer are here and they’re here to shred your necks! One of the strongest releases I’ve heard in a long time of the “lost treasure” variety. Lady Killer’s s/t release is the kind of album I wish I had owned back in the day, but am thankful to finally discover them, transporting me to my younger years of discovering so many great bands. 

Written by: Chris Martin

Ratings: 9/10

 

 

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