The Phoenix - Mastercastle

Long time no see

Camp Kill Yourself, often abbreviated as CKY, is back with their fifth album after eight-year hiatus and a change in the constellation. The band's original lead vocalist, Deron Miller, left, and guitarist Chad Ginsburg has taken over his post. Jess Margera is sitting still behind the drums, and Matt Deis is back on the bass after five years with other projects. The group was known in the beginning of the 00's for their musical contributions to the series Jackass, where CKY's trommeslagers younger brother Bam Margera has contributed to it. CKY's last release was in 2009, and it is therefore interesting to see what the band has to offer here eight years and with new lead singer.

The pace is slower, but the sound is still distinctive

How does Chad Ginsberg it then as the lead singer? This question may be on the lips of all the CKY Allience members (the group's hardcore fangruppe), but they can breathe a sigh of relief. He carries out this task quite wisely throughout the album. The band mixes also still a multitude of genres on the album, exactly as they used to. The disc contains, admittedly, not so many skate-punk elements as in the past, but who are, in turn, been incorporated quite a bit of funk, which works surprisingly well, among other things, c-section, in the "Unknown Enemy" and the chorus on "The Other Ones" testifies clearly about this. The band, however, has in no way rejected metallyden. The intro to "the Wiping Of The Dead" is both oblique and heavy and evil, as we know CKY. The band has, as usual, also used the services of a good shot synthesizer. They get specially allowed to fill in much of the first half of the plate, and it's really a shame that they didn't also have a major role in the last half. This lydsammensætning works very well, and is, together with funkelementerne, to separate the CKY from all the other bands in the genre.

Welcome back. We hope that you will be

Overall, The Phoenix is actually a quite capable plate. It contains admittedly near-misses as "Head for A Breakdown" and "Lies From You", but the rest of the plate is genuine entertainment with music for both the neck and the feast. The band shows with the last number "Better Than Get Even", that they also dare to think bigger, even if it only succeeds partially on The Phoenix. The plate, however, must settle with seven skulls, since it contains only eight tracks, and so there is not much room for mistakes. The plate is delicious, and therefore it is damn a little pity, that there is not more of it. It does not, however, that they are back, and it will be exciting to follow CKY again.


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