Category: Heavy Metal

Kill By Inches – Kings In Queens (Instrumental)

Kings In Queens is probably my all time favorite KBI jam. The song is a stew of musical styles dominated by a deep, super low groove. Rather than come up with a different guitar riff, I just followed Kevin’s bass line and tried to thicken it up. Guitar (Steinberger GM, with EMG 85s) is wearing gauge .011 strings and is tuned down to D. The verse riff is played through the neck pickup and the tone pot was used to boost the bass and create big dirt.

Kill By Inches at McCarren Park

While the words (and vocals) are a huge part of the song I think it more than holds its own as an instrumental and I came across this outtake from a 1998 session.

Kill By Inches – Underdog

Underdog was a Kill By Inches crowd fave which survived a few vocalist changes. We recorded a few versions of it, but this was the only one that was released on a demo CD.

Featuring Kevin Oriol on bass, Steve on drums and Alex (me) on guitar this version was recorded at Electric Plant Studios sometime in early 1998. The silly photo is an outtake from the Down To 3hree CD sleeve shoot, taken by Beth Benfatti. (Down To 3hree EP would be recorded in early 1999.)

Kill By Inches – Desecrate The Flesh (with Jeff Blanchard)

Ink was the topic of a few KBI tracks, and Desecrate The Flesh is probably the first one that comes to mind. Many versions were recorded, with different vocalists and guitarists.

This one was recorded on January 12, 1998 at Electric Plant Studios with Jeff Blanchard (check out his new band: Eyes Of The Sun) on vocals and Kev, Steve and me (Alex) laying down the rest. A heavy-ass track, this one was often requested during live shows. I’ll put up a another version of it soon.

Kill By Inches – E.F.S. (Instrumental)

Another instrumental KBI jam from the 1998 session at Electric Plant Studios. Once again, Kevin Oriol is rocking the bass, Steve beating the crap out of his drums and I’m on guitar. E.F.S. (Everything Fucking Sucks) was one of my all time KBI faves.

Steve wrote the lyrics but then lost them so it always remained an instrumental. (I remember reading the words once and they were really good. Oh, well.)

Exclusive: Sovereignty – Evil Mind

sovereigntyWe’re going waaaaaay back to 1993 (if my memory serves me right) for a track by the Bronx based band Sovereignty named Evil Mind.  Formed by the guitarist/vocalist Derek Torres, Sovereignty was a speed/trash metal band influenced by the sounds of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, and others.  Joining Derek was Eddie Moore on bass, Chris Peloso on drums and Aleksandar Kolundzija on guitar.

Accompanying the music were dark lyrics, frequently centered on dangers and effects of drug abuse, and challenges of urban life.  Written by Derek Torres, Evil Mind is in a way an odd choice for an introduction to Sovereignty but the track represents the band’s core sound well, both the fast riffs and groovy breaks.  It also features a great bass solo by Eddie (R.I.P.).

Sovereignty went through a few lineup changes after the release of Utopia, which featured Evil Mind, and the band eventually morphed into Derek’s current project – My Situation.

Download: Evil Mind (mp3)

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