Review: KXM- Scatterbrain

When you form a band with members from KoRn, King’s X and Dokken/Lynch Mob, you know it’s gonna sound cool and not like anything else you’ve heard. This is the case with KXM, which features Dug Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob) and Ray Luzier (KoRn), and their sophomore record- Scatterbrain is a perfect continuation of their self-titled debut.

There’s not one set sound on this record. Sometimes, when a band just has it, they have it and this record shows. The guys got together to jam and put together ideas for a sophomore release and the magic just started happening. Recorded in just 10 days, this album knocks it out of the park.

The title track is a prime example of pure magic. With a prog-vibe, the album is off to a roaring start and locks you in for “Breakout, which is more of a traditional rock track. Then there’s “Big Sky Country,” which shows the guitar, bass and drums coming together in a way that’s just beautiful.

“Calypso” is as trippy a song as any of the three of ever written and is a definite favorite while “Noises in the Sky” is lyrical perfection and “Obsession” is dark, heavy and powerful- Lynch’s riffs and guitar work is hypnotizing.

In the end, Scatterbrain is an absolute home run. The guys in KXM took everything they did and accomplished with their debut and obliterated it in every way. They’ve kept the momentum going and, with how busy they all are with their main projects, to have a follow-up record as strong and focused as Scatterbrain just shows how great the three of them are.

Rating: 9.5/10

-Reggie Edwards