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AAA Music | 23 May 2024

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| On 04, Apr 2016

Band Of Skulls return with their latest single ‘Killer’, from their fourth studio album By Default (out May 27th), and with Foo Fighters producer Gil Norton at the wheel, the band are sounding tighter and more ferocious than ever.

The track wastes no time getting to the point with a crunchy descending guitar riff, punctuated by punchy snare hits blatantly warning listeners that there’s a killer on the loose and he’s coming for you. The smooth but menacing bass line sounds unnerving, like awaiting the arrival of a villain in a Tarantino flick, kicking us into gear as ominous overtones with eerie synths and harmonies in the verse along with sudden silences, keep listeners on their toes. The chorus explodes with outbursts of ‘Killer’ and fearless guitar hooks as singer Marsden warns he is taking no prisoners, hastily singing: “Get out the way if you can’t stand the flak, me and my arm around a maximum attack.”

Consisting of everything you would expect from the highly regarded and established Band Of Skulls – now masters in the art of producing punchy, hard-hitting, yet catchy rock and roll hits – ‘Killer’ sets the precedent that the band are still a force to be reckoned with. Although the track doesn’t really offer anything we haven’t heard before from the trio, overall it is a heavier sounding effort compared to previous releases, perhaps setting us up for a more daring, heavy album. Only time will tell.

Shane O’Neill

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Shane O'Neill


The band are sounding tighter and more ferocious than ever.