Oct 15

Starkill – Virus Of The Mind (2014)

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Chicago’s very own Starkill return this year with their sophomore album Virus Of The Mind. Following the success left by their début album Fires Of Life, and their great touring campaign with Wintersun & Fleshgod Apocalypse in North America last year, and with Turisas in Europe at the beginning of this year. These melodic metallers have decided to put all in on this new album, that is a significant step towards the establishment of their own sound.  

Virus Of The Mind, is a more melodic and carefully crafted record from what we saw on Fires Of Life. Even though their style remains highly influenced by a mix of Dark Tranquility, Insomnium, Nightwish, and Children Of Bodom, we can say they are combining all those influences and making something of their own out of it. Songs like: Breaking The Madness, Before Hopes Fade, and Be Dead Or Die are the clear reflection of how they have achieved that. Now, we can go all day drawing comparatives between them and their influences, but if you listen closely, you can hear on the work of vocalist and guitar player Parker Jameson, impacting the style of the Starkill and driving them apart from the basic sound of their first album, towards a more aggressive and innovator sound.

Songs like Into Destiny and God Of This World are the best example of how heavy and how melodic Starkill sounds after their first record, and I am not saying Fires Of Life is a bad record. No, but I could say it was a shy record compared with how heavy, and polished Virus Of The Mind is. It’s obvious they are a growing band with huge potential just by listen to songs like My Catharsis and Covergence you will see how big their sound got. I do firmly believe that Starkill is a band destined for great things, still they have to figure out how to develop their sound even more, and break apart from their influences even more. But so far this is a great start, and I am looking forward to see their next development.

So far, Virus Of The Mind is a great album if you are looking for an American melodic death metal band that can challenge the European rule on that genre. Well, Starkill is definitely up to the challenge. With that being said, don’t miss them live as they will be touring North America this October and November along with Huntress as support act for Arch Enemy and Kreator.

Arch Enemy / Kreator / Huntress / Starkill 2014 North American Tour

10/23 — Baltimore, Md. — Baltimore Soundstage
10/24 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theater*
10/25 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium
10/26 — Clifton Park, N.Y. — Upstate Concert Hall
10/27 — Montreal, Quebec — Metropolis
10/28 — Quebec City, Quebec — Imperial Theater
10/29 — Toronto, Ontario — The Opera House
11/1 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — The Garrick Centre*
11/2 — Regina, Saskatchewan — Riddell Centre*
11/3 — Calgary, Alberta — Macewan Hall Ballroom*
11/4 — Edmonton, Alberta — Union Hall*
11/6 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Commodore Ballroom*
11/7 — Seattle, Wash. — Studio Seven*
11/8 — Portland, Ore. — Hawthorne Theater *
11/10 — San Francisco, Calif. — Regency Center
11/11 — West Hollywood, Calif. — House of Blues
11/12 — Anaheim, Calif. — House of Blues
11/14 — Tempe, Ariz. — The Marquee
11/15 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Sunshine Theater *
11/16 — Denver, Colo. — Ogden Theatre
11/18 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Mill City Nights*
11/19 — Joliet, Ill. — Mojoes
11/20 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Intersection
11/21 — Detroit, Mich. — Majestic Theatre
11/22 — Cincinnati, Ohio –Bogarts
11/23 — Cleveland, Ohio — House of Blues
*=without STARKILL

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Tracklist:

1. Be Dead or Die
2. Winter Desolation
3. Breaking the Madness
4. Virus of the Mind
5. Skyward
6. Before Hope Fades
7. Into Destiny
8. God of This World
9. My Catharsis
10. Convergence

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Record Label: Century Media Records

Playing Time: 45 Minutes

Line Up:

Parker Jameson: lead guitar, vocals, keyboards
Spencer Weidner: drums
Tony Keathley: guitar, backing vocals
Shaun Andruchuk: bass guitar

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/StarkillOfficial
https://twitter.com/StarkillBand

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