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Damn Dice: Thriller Killer
Damn Dice - Thriller Killer Music Review

Damn Dice: Thriller Killer

Heavy Metal Rock
3.5/5.0

Too many reviews start like this. Where have they been? It's been better than three years since we've heard from Damn Dice and their debut long player The Great Unknown. The band of international musicians has found the path back to the studio once more. With James Loughrey (Queen, Def Leppard, The Darkness, et al) at the production helm, Damn Dice drops their second album, Thriller Killer. According to the band, this album will be the last album presented in the "traditional" way. I'm not sure what that might mean but, apparently, new avenues lie ahead, likely both cloud and digital based formats.

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Basically, I found Thriller Killer to be 41 minutes of musical repetition, 12 songs of the same music interrupted by moments of brief silence. The riffs are heavy and sharp throughout and the rhythm section pumps and pummels along at a thumping, sometimes staccato, pace. Guitar solos rise, but routinely remain adequate. Additionally, vocalist Alex Davidson also remains melodic and strong, yet seems unenthusiastic as if on auto-pilot.

While the tunes are not without guitar or vocal harmony, a sense of melody, and even some catchy musical trick, they sure seem to sound the same. Redundancy may be too strong a word, but I can certainly say that no song really hooked my attention. Two, even three, spins were not sufficient to convince me otherwise. All said, with Thriller Killer, Damn Dice still delivers the heavy metal rock, yet not quite with the same power and finesse that made the previous album such a fine rocker. Nevertheless, I think their fans will dig it.


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The Bottom Line

All said, with Thriller Killer, Damn Dice still delivers the heavy metal rock, yet not quite with the same power and finesse that made the previous album such a fine rocker. Nevertheless, I think their fans will dig it.

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