PKS

The Darkening Season (PKSMetal.com)

downtuned riffs New Frontiers PKS, with Scalera, Brothers in Arms, Caliber .66, Waiting for Never, Watson 387, and Letheon Gates. Friday, May 18, at Peabody's.
Formerly known as Planet Killswitch, PKS is far from new frontiers -- but it's also far from bad. Recorded by Bill Korecky (Mushroomhead, Integrity), the band's second full-length, The Darkening Season, plants the group's flag in some well-explored turf, then rules it with an iron fist -- as well as the occasional machine-gun blast from the rhythm section.

Evan Nave's vaguely apocalyptic lyrics arrive in a conversational cookie-monster tone (they're not as low as Slipknot's Corey Taylor, but are closer to a Drowning Pool chorus). Dawn is one of Cleveland's top women guitarists; she and axeman Jacob Scum churn out downtuned riffs that ooze along somewhere between sludgy and lethargic. In fact, the songs are almost a mess -- until a groove comes together, and the band unites for a raging sprint around the pit. It's exactly what you'd expect from a band whose bassist is named War.

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