Chicagoland-based STARKILL have just unleashed their debut album “Fires Of Life” in Europe and Australia/ New Zealand.
First feedback from the media reads as follows:
“Diversity, a mixture of styles, speed and technical know-how […].” (Metal Hammer DE, 6/2013)
“The songwriting of the talented quartet is fascinating me with its perfection.” (EMP, DE)
“STARKILL is grazing on any kind of field grown on steel.” (Zillo DE, 6/2013)
“On their debut album, ‘Fires of Life’, STARKILL – Parker Jameson, Spencer Weidner, Charlie Federici, and Mike Beutsch – blend elements of death metal, melodeath, and power metal with symphonic arrangements to create a surprisingly heavy, and at times epic collection.” (www.metalinjection.net)
“If you enjoy your metal laced with medieval and doom themes – and who doesn’t – keep an eye on STARKILL.” (www.metalnewsonline.com)
“This young band pulls out the big guns early, effectively mashing together the styles of prominent black, death, and power acts.” (www.metalunderground.com)
“…hard-charging fusion of melodic death metal and black metal.” (www.nocleansinging.com)
Check out various appetizers from “Fires Of Life” that is both lyrically and musically overlain in medieval fantasy-themed battles, mythology, and destruction:
“Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire”
“Fires Of Life”
“New Infernal Rebirth”
“Whispers Of Heresy” soundcloud.com
Album trailer: www.youtube.com
Right after “Fires Of Life” is released, STARKILL will head out on a North American tour with Hypocrisy, Krisiun, Aborted and Arsis. The band will also be playing a few headlining and supporting shows after their stint on the trek.
While most of their peers were listening to and playing to the “core” US-based bands, the members of STARKILL spent their days cutting their chops to European metal – and the band makes no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeves. Inspired by the likes of early Children Of Bodom à la the now classic “Hatebreeder” and “Follow The Reaper”, in addition to Nightwish, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir and Dragonforce, STARKILL aims to pay homage to these acts, while also putting their own spin on Euro-metal – and their new album, “Fires of Life”, does just that.
Parker Jameson: Lead guitar, vocals, keyboards and orchestral programming
Spencer Weidner: Drums
Charlie Federici: Guitar
Mike Buetsch: Bass