So-called supergroups raise the question of how the main bands of the members intersect with each other and whether this could result in coherent songs. In the case of KXM, the invoice will add up. Which, given the line-up with singer/bassist Doug Pinnick (King's X), guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob, ex-Dokken) and drummer Ray Luzier (Korn), is not exactly self-evident. The debut album, which is the result of a jam session, offers a series of round rock songs in the best sense of the word, covering a wide spectrum from a ballad to a potential rock anthem ("Rescue Me") and catchy neck-breaker riffs to funky, enmeshed moments. If you want to make a comparison, the whole thing reminds you of King's X at "Dogman" times. The stamp that Doug Pinnick puts on the album is abundantly clear. George Lynch, on the other hand, convinces with a comparatively reduced guitar playing, which goes all the more into the ear, perfectly accompanied by the massive drumming. All this results in a stirring lightness whose effect unfolds particularly beguilingly through the contrast to a well-measured complexity.
Top track: Faith Is A Room