A wait of more than two years for A Killer’s Confession’s new album finally ended Friday when the band released its new record, Remember. The record’s release came after almost a year of buildup that started in January with the release of the album’s title track/opener. It is one of a number of singles that the record produced, too. In all, the record produced no fewer than six singles, which is more than half the record’s 11 total songs. It is just one of the most notable of the record’s songs, too. The band’s latest song, ‘Tell Your Soul,’ which features a guest appearance from Chad Gray (Hellyeah/Mudvayne), is another example of how much the band’s new album has to offer audiences. It will be discussed a little later. ‘Trapped Inside,’ which comes early in the record’s run, is yet another example of the record’s strength. It will also be discussed later. When all three of these songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s singles and the rest of the record’s songs, the whole makes Remember a presentation that AKC’s fans and that hard rock/metal fans alike are sure to remember.
A Killer’s Confession’s latest album, Remember, is a strong new offering from the band. The band’s third album, it has proven so positive over the course of this year through all six singles that it has produced, not the least of which is its title track/opener. The band debuted the single and its companion video in January. The song stands out in part through its musical arrangement, which boasts a sort of blues based hard rock sound and stylistic approach. That sound and approach pairs with what also sounds like a bit of an aggro-rock syle approach and sound for a whole that is immediately infectious. The appeal ensures from the song’s musical arrangement is just part of what makes the song stand out. Its lyrical counterpart makes for its own appeal.
According to statements made by front man Waylon Reavis at the time of the song’s premiere, its lyrical theme delivers a message of taking life into full account. He said of the theme, “Sometimes in life, people are quick to forget the good and the bad. We all need to be reminded from time to time where the line in the sand is truly drawn.” It comes across as a sort of statement about deciding where we stand in life by seeing both sides of things. This is inferred right from the song’s outset as Reavis sings, “They say that blood is thicker than water/Seems yours is running a little thin/Or did you forget/I’m calling out from my soul/Waiting for a sign to show me/That you’re now alone/Do you feel nothing is owed/Now that you have played me/Empty/Draning me low/Won’t turn my blind side to your knife any longer/But every scar carved on my back/makes me stronger/’Cause I will bow to you for never/And you know my name/I hope that you remember/I’ll bow to you for never/I hope that you remember.” The message continues in the song’s second verse as Reavis sings, “Brace for the truth to be told/Trapped in your own web/That you have spun/I watch the venom take hold/And once the poison spreads/The damage can’t be undone.” This statement of confidence and defiance translates well, Reavis’ statement about the song’s lyrical message. This is someone who has seen his/her own good while seeing the bad in another instead of just being blind. Once we see the good and bad in life, we can differentiate and see that proverbial line in the sand and know where we stand. That fully accessible statement, together with the energy in the song’s infectious musical arrangement, makes the song in whole that much more powerful in its presentation. It leaves no doubt as to the importance of the song to the record’s overall body, and is just one of the most notable of the record’s songs. ‘Tell Your Soul,’ the album’s latest single, is another way in which the album exhibits its strength.
‘Tell Your Soul’ features a guest vocal appearance by Chad Gray (Hellyeah/Mudvayne) and is arguably the strongest of the album’s entries both musically and lyrically. The contemplative, melodic hard rock sound and approach taken to this song’s arrangement is so rich and so deep. Any active/modern rock station that is not currently running this song is missing and out and doing a disservice to its audiences. It is a perfect fit to those stations’ play lists. That is especially evidenced through the contrast of the song’s deeply contemplative mood in its verses and more fiery approach in its choruses. That contrast becomes even more impacting when it is considered along with the song’s lyrical theme.
According to comments made by Reavis, the song’s lyrical theme centers on “forgiveness and acceptance of one’s own shortcomings.” That in itself is so powerful. We all need to remember that no one is perfect, even as much as some would try to have others believe. We need to accept our imperfections and live with them, and become better through them. The way in which Reavis delivers that message in the song’s lyrics is unique in itself. If not for that explanation, one would have thought the theme would have been more about a relationship or simply about finding confidence in one’s own self following a bad relationship. This as he sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “I feel like we really don’t know/Wasting away till it’s gone/The moments in time always fuel the fire/Watching the embers alone/And I won’t belong to you now/I feel like it’s over/So take this down/Why am I afraid when I’m gone/I don’t know/I won’t relive our mistakes/I will be what you’ve needed/To face the day/Now I understand/It’s not your pain/Don’t you think/I’m far from wherever you are/You can’t be what you wanted without the scars/It’s not your fault/Don’t you know/Tell your soul.” That questioning of “Why am I afraid when I’m wrong” plays into Reavis’ statement. This is someone asking himself/herself whey he/she feels so bad about getting things wrong. This, before he/she goes on to admit to himself/herself, “I won’t relive our mistakes.” This is that moment of realization that being wrong and making mistakes is normal and part of being human. It is that acceptance of this realization. Once people realize that mistakes happen and that no one is perfect, as this person did, they will hopefully accept it and simply live life. When this is considered along with the mood that the song’s arrangement sets, the whole makes the song overall that much more accessible and appealing. It is just one more of the album’s most notable works. ‘Trapped Inside’ is just as much of note as ‘Tell Your Soul’ and ‘Remember.’
‘Trapped Inside’ stands out among Remember’s songs in part through its musical arrangement. The arrangement is unique from its counterparts in this record what with its melodic hard rock approach. Yes, ‘Tell Yourself’ is a melodic hard rock style composition, but it is quite unlike this song. In this case, the song maintains its heaviness and sets a completely different mood. The mood in question is brooding for the most part, until the song reaches its powerful bridge, which features such a heavy breakdown. The use of the keyboards in the introduction to the verses helps set the mood as the song’s subject contemplates his/her inner demons in the song’s lyrical content. The heavy guitars that are used throughout do just as much to help illustrate the battles that the song’s subject faces with those demons. Looking at all of this, the contemplative, brooding mood established in this song matches well with the song’s lyrical theme.
That lyrical theme is made clear as Reavis sings in the song’s lead verse and chorus, “I don’t want anyone to know this/But I don’t think anyone will notice/Even in a room full of people/Somewhere in the hay/I’m the needle/Feeling so small and helpless/Running down halls that are endless/Listen for a voice in the echo/Trying to find a sound that I might know/I know there’s no way out/I’m tapped inside/Time is f****** with my mind/Truth hides within the lies/And it will decide when its over/Fate tears down what I create/While laughing in my face/And it will decide when it’s over/I’m trapped inside.” The brooding continues in the song’s second verse as Reavis sings, “I used to be alive and connected/Now I’m just a pit of rejection/Always had a rhyme or a reason/Now I’m just cold/Yeah, I’m freezing/It’s hard to keep warm when you’re empty/I’m waiting for the world to forget me/Tired of the self-isolation/Trying but there’s no motivation/I know there’s no way out/I’m trapped inside.” This is some heavy content, but the thing is that being so heavy and clear in that heaviness, it will connect to plenty of audiences. It will help others who are fighting those personal emotional battles have a connection and in turn, the strength to push on and persevere, knowing they are not alone in those battles. That, together with the emotional heaviness in the song’s arrangement, makes clearer why this song is so important to the album’s presentation. When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of that content makes Remember another strong new offering from A Killer’s Confession.
A Killer’s Confession’s brand new album, Remember, is a positive new offering from the band. The band’s third album, it is a mostly impressive follow-up to the band’s sophomore record, The Indifference of Good Men (2019). The record’s strength comes through its musical and lyrical content alike. That is evidenced through all of the songs examined here, as well as the rest of the album’s songs. When all of that content is considered together, the whole makes the album overall a record that audiences are certain to remember. Yes, that awful pun was intended.
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