Tired of “soft”, trance-inspired house music? Want to add a little darkness and mayhem to your dancefloor? Then look no further than Killbot, the newest and filthiest group to come out of Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Consisting of three members–J Devil (aka Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn), Sluggo, and Tyler Blue–the group has just released their first EP, Sound Surgery, and what a release it is. Four tracks exploding with some of the grimiest bass heavy dance music heard anywhere. Think angry Knife Party and you wouldn’t be too far off the mark on this one; these guys go hard and don’t stop until you cry out “mercy”.
The EP starts off with the title track, Sound Surgery, which sets the tone for the rest of the album. It’s a heavy electro-moombah hybrid that definitely draws comparison to Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen–high praise in my book. Next up is Feel Alive, a definite standout on the EP. Here the group lets J Devil’s powerful voice drive an absolute beast of a dubstep track; memories of old metal concerts arise here. Wrecked is a hip hop-laced battle ground of gnarly bass poised to annihilate dancefloors, and a track I’m excited to hear live on a powerful system. Last, but certainly not least, is I’ll F**k It, a sexy and crunchy attack on your ears that has me wanting to hop inside the mosh pit–this is metal-step at it’s best. The whole album is about as heavy as you are going to get with electronic music, and I say bring on the bass!
“We got in my studio and just fucking went for it,” recalls JDevil. “It was one of the most natural things I’ve ever done. I can’t really describe it. After 12 hours, we had two songs, and I knew that Killbot could be like the Swedish House Mafia of bass music–just way more evil.”
Sluggo was also optimistic for the future of the group: “The three of us bring a lot to the table. We’re a good team, and we made something completely original between my ‘metalstep,’ Tyler’s club groove and JDevil’s darkness. It’s a monster.” You can say that again; Killbot’s Sound Surgery EP is monstrous in all the right ways. Purchase the EP on Beatport now.