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Kill Van Kull

Staten Island, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Staten Island, NY | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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Kill Van Kull: Kickin' out the Jams at the Edge of Sunrise
When you hear musical veterans, no matter what the style, you can tell right away there is a depth of feeling and confidence in their playing. There's no way around experience but to have experience. One of the worst aspects of the music business today is that most bands don't have the years of dues paying -- driving around the backwaters of North Dakota and East Texas playing clubs in tiny college towns -- necessary to get a band identity and some skills. Kill Van Kull, however, have rocked clubs and halls in New York, New Jersey, and, Los Angeles, CA, since the 80's, with time out here and there for health and personal crises and the intrusions of everyday life. Members came and went, but the core of the band -- Bill Cardinale on bass, Vinnie Raschella on drums, and vocalist Rick Cabrera -- stayed in touch even when they were in different places and playing in different bands. Eventually they came out of their hiatus in 2005, with a band consisting of the above original members and new members Al Anzalone on lead and rhythm guitars and Alex Mahoney on the saxophone and rhythm guitar. Their new CD 'Edge of Sunrise' is a hard rock record from the old school, with what hard core hard rock fans would expect from veteran pros, and some twists and turns in arrangements and songwriting.
The opening song, "Hot Daze," let's you know what up - From the blazing, unison bass and guitar licks to the caterwauling of Cabrera, Kill Van Kull kicks out the jams from the first note to the last. Though this song is a rock and roll sex fantasy that captures the dream of a magical moment, Kill Van Kull shows a wittiness not typical of the style of music: "I see you on the TV screen, in the middle of my magazine / Slide my fingers across your lips, softly kiss your fingertips / Infatuated, drenched in sweat ... Just say you want me and let me crawl inside / Wrap yourself around me honey / Watch me come alive."
This band's forte is raw hard rock, but on the next cut, "Then You Were Gone," they flip the script. It starts out as a power ballad that, typically, sounds like a song that laments lost love, one that is meant to, as Bevis and Butthead used to say, "get the band some chicks, hehe, hehe." In fact, it is a song about the unrequited lost love of a boy - for his dad: "I never had a chance to go hunting with you / And what about the planes, and all the baseball games / All the things a son was supposed to do with you." The ballad parts, played by acoustic guitars, are interrupted by contrasting blasts of hard rock power chords. This keeps the song moving forward and creates a sound that is intensely mellow.
"Through the Night" starts out like a hard rock "met-a-chick-had-a-freak-scene and split" kind of song, a f--k 'em and back on the tour bus number. But this ain't the '80's and even rock chicks have come a long way. Instead of my man keeping in control, he finds himself rocked and his heart, mind, and body taken: "She started pushin', I started shakin' / My hands were tied, I was hers for the taking." The next morning he finds himself, not the player, but the played, as she shows him the door leaving him begging: "She said 'Baby, you know we're better off this way / Yesterday is gone now boy and tomorrow's another day.' / I said don't you want me to feel you Don't you want me to touch you?" And using the less-is-more approach to lyrics, Van Kull shuts up and lets the guitar do the talking with a burning solo that has all the emotion of the moment. Mr. Anzalone shreds to the end, spraying sheets of pure rock guitar sound.
"Kick 'Em and Smile" remind us why Van Halen was so goddamn cool back in the day. Van Halen wasn't afraid to get a little silly. This cut, like great rock records past and present, goes up to the edgy intersection where anger, teen age rebellion, and ridiculousness meets. And how can you beat lyrics like "I go to work, and you're bustin' my balls / I've kept my cool, now I'm ready to brawl / F--k this, f--k that, f--k everyone I'll kick your ass." You can't.
Kill Van Kull puts the first of the CD's sophisticated twists next on the song "Sweet Summertime." A normal rock song about summer love - rather, getting with a hot chick - is elevated, like a classic record from the '70s, by a bluesy horn section, featuring Mahoney, and sweet and soulful backup vocals. Like the band says, Kill Van Kull's music is "Hard rock with an infusion of blues and jazz." This approach crops up on the cuts that serve as contrast to the ballast of the rock and roll style found on most of the tracks: "Rock It Steady" and "The Bottom" have the slinky funk horns, rock funk beat, and, on the former, the growling vocals of vintage Tower of Power; "Summer Rose" starts as a soulful, jazzy ballad with a sax intro by Mr. Mahoney and continues as a trippy psychedelic affair and ends al - Mark Kirby-Music Dish-

Congratulations on your brand of classy, top-notch, solid rock!!! You have a unique thing going on here!! Huge thumbs up!
Geno WITR 89.7 Rochester,NY
- WITR 89.7 Rochester

With a name like Kill Van Kull you would expect a heavy sounding rock and roll attack and “Edge of Sunrise” does not disappoint but it offers so many interesting twists and turns in its sound that it is an amazing sonic adventure listening to the CD.

Starting with “Then You Were Gone” that alternates between soft and heavy, Edge of Sunrise certainly offers a varied rock and roll landscape. From the extra heavy “Through the Night” which turns the tables on the usual “guy dumps chick after a one night stand” to the horn tinged “Sweet Summertime” and “Rock it Steady” to the absolute best Monday morning rock song ever in “Kick Em and Smile” this CD is an amazing testament to diversity. I mean its hard to believe that a band that sings “Fuck this, fuck that, fuck everyone, I’ll kick your ass” can also be responsible for the sweet pastoral song “Edge of Sunrise” but they are and the whole package works.

Very cool stuff from a fascinating band. And remember, if you wake up on Monday morning hating the world put on “Kick Em and Smile” and you will feel much better. Trust me on that.

- The Rock & Roll Report Montreal, Canada

~ Named after a tidal straight in New York, Kill Van Kull has come out of their decade-long hiatus to bring you Edge of Sunrise. With a new line up and a new sound the band has come back to blow you out of the water.

The band wastes no time diving headfirst into a pool of New York style bluesy rock n’ roll, with the first track “Hot Date.” Even with the raw vocals and heavy rock n’ roll coming off this first track, it still gives listeners no insight on what is down the road on this 45 minute journey. Most songs tend to keep that heavy rock sound but Kill Van Kull has done an amazing job of adding blues, funk, and even softer acoustic parts to keep this album with a diverse sound.

After the initial attack off the first song the album cuts into a softer acoustic rock track that calms things down for a chance to really hear the talent this band has to offer. The rest of the album follows in tow with the sound jumping back and forth from soft to hard with the occasional blues and funk thrown in. The wide range of genres through the album shows that the band's influences are all over the map (with heavier almost southern rock sounds off of “Kick em and Smile” to softer acoustic ballads like “Then You Were Gone”). One thing that stays consistent through the album however are the lyrics… and we all know it's about women and kicking ass!

Despite some awkward jumps with various sounds in songs (which are still few and far between) it's hard to find flaws within the album. With solos from a variety of instruments backed up by heavy riffs and a great rhythm section, it shows this band has nothing but talent under their belts. Cabrera's ballsy yet professional vocals give this album that raw sound that has been finely produced.

Edge of Sunrise is the kind of album that builds up that little fire inside you to keep you going through those Friday nights, or winds you down when with your old lady. It's an album that definitely should be kept on hand at anytime! [END]

Kill Van Kull
Edge of Sunrise (2006)

Rating: 9.0 / 10
Author: Dan Lidbury

- Dan Lidbury

From Renegade Radio KILL VAN KULL IS THEIR MYSPACE BAND OF THE MONTH! Straight out of New York, a new group has pushed their way to our "Myspace Band of the Month". In this we look around and see what we can find, who will work with us, get us a CD, and just about anything else to show someone up and coming that seems to be on the right track. This month we bring you Kill Van Kull, Edge of Sunrise. Vocals reminicent of the 80s hard core rock and the guitars following along to complete the overall feeling, Kill Van Kull has a wide range of talent that sooner or later will get them noticed by the majors. From there who knows if "the majors" can figure it out but it's todays most known path still, even if changing. But I digress. With this release you're guaranteed to have your emotions taken in as many diverse directions as this band can take you and after a time or two through the cd, that's quite a few. If you're not up for a musical journey through time and emotion where just about every feeling you have will get pulled from you at one time or another with their music, then back away from the CD and let Clear Channel pick something out for you. Hot Daze can be described as your typical 80's rock with the screaming guitars and riffs abound. It's a good way to set the tone of the offering but what will stand out is how they back out to another extreme just one song later, giving away their range in just 2 songs. Then You Were Gone brings so many memories back to me in so many influences in the music that could range from Dokken to Triumph with lyrics that pull you in like committing to an instant relationship. Close your eyes and it's as if you're living in a dream while listening to "Then You Were Gone" with the mix ranging from from straight ahead rock and roll to adding a bassline that can actually be heard in the song itself. In the end you'll rewind and before you know it you've found a new favorite song. Through the Night picks you up again and shakes you out of the trance Then You Were Gone puts you in and suddenly you were dropped into the Delta with Sweet Summertime showing a definate blues feeling to their overall talents as well. Maybe Kill Van Kull just knows I'm a sucker for noticing the talent that comes out in a well thought out, emotional, slow song, or maybe I'm not alone in losing myself in altered states of mind musically induced, but Edge of Sunshine" is another trip to the "mind zone" where you'll lose yourself in your own range of emotions and maybe even make up your own words for this piece. Comprised of season veterans, the band includes Rick Cabrera (Vocals), Billy Cardinale (Bass), Vincent Raschella (Drums & Percussion), Alex Mahoney (Saxophones & Rhythm Guitar), and Al Anzalone (Lead Guitar). You can catch them at or Throughout the CD, you'll find straight ahead rock, you'll find some blues, throw in some good strings and a sax and some funk even from time to time as well mixing things up. In the end you'll find something you don't get a chance to hear anymore - range from a very talented band who's not limited by what the RIAA Gods say will sell or won't. You'll find great music the bands wanted to put out and that can make a world of difference in the end. Kill Van Kull is yet another indie band that has found their way to RenegadeRadio.Net that we want to do our part to show the world great music does exist outside *normal* channels that in the end is far and away worth any effort it took to get there. I'll give it 8 of 10 icebergs! iceberg
- Renegade radio The Colony Texas

Depending on which track you listen to on this album by Kill Van Kull depends on what your opinion is of them. They blast off with Hot Daze sounding like Deep Purple on heat, but while vocalist Rick Cabrera sounds a lot like Ian Gillan it is the contrasting tracks and use of saxophones that gives the game away. This is a power punching bluesy rock album for the most part but the jazzy side comes as a pleasant surprise and bonus.

-- John Eyre, Classic Rock Society - Classic Rock Society -England

A very bluesy and jazzy influenced Hard Rock album makes "Edge of Sunrise" probably very hard to hear for the usual Heavy Metal fan. Of course the band has great musicians, a very professional vocalist and also the production lacks nothing. So all in all the audience will change totally since their Mini-Album. For bluesy and jazzy Hard Rock this is for sure a very fine album...
- Metal Page (Jul 18, 2006)
- Metal

Kill Van Kull
"Edge Of Sunrise"
by Jonathan Mariante

KVK have actually been at it for almost two and a half decades, but a series of setbacks has hindered their career. Well, now they appear to be ready to take the rock and roll world by storm! This album is a gritty, greasy slab of smokin' rock, done the good old fashioned way. It sounds like it could have come out of the 70s. There is a lot of blues, funk, and soul influences, even some folk/bluegrass here and there. Hard rock, however, remains the band's foundation, and many of these songs are knockouts! "Hot Daze", "Through The Night", "Kick Em And Smile" (Had a bad day? Listen to this song!), "On The Run", "Out Of The Blue Sky"-All these songs pack a major whallop, with crunching power chords, a pounding beat, and some smokin' sax. Their influences range from Aerosmith to Mountain to Deep Purple to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Mother's Finest to Led Zeppelin. KVK also show a more sensitive side by including a few ballads, like "Then You Were Gone", the title track (an instrumental), and "Summer Rose". This is one rockin' album, with no frills or any hints of monthly flavors or anything "trendy". These guys just let her rip! The guitar and sax work are especially good. I guess all those years of not being able to get started left the band with a lot of pent up aggression. Well, they've let it all out on this album!
- Jonathan 9/07

Review From NEUFUTUR.COM Kill Van Kull – Edge of Sunrise /
12 Tracks /
It is very rare to see that a band has been together for such a long time. Barring the years that they were trying to get back together, Kill Van Kull has been a band since 1983. It is thus not surprising to hear such talent and ability come from each member of the band. The one thing that individuals might have worried about, the freshness of the style of the band, is not anything that should be worried about during “Edge of Sunrise”. It is true during tracks like “Hot Daze” that the band is working with a eighties rock style, but the vocals mix Sammy Hager with Lemmy to create something that is hard-hitting with just the proper amount of harmony present. The production allows the act to really make themselves salient to fans, without making it sound as if robots (instead of humans) are crafting each and every track on “Edge of Sunrise”. Much like Queensryche’s “Silent Lucidity”, Kill Van Kull creates a track in “Then You Were Gone” that is much slower, while still having a hard edge to it. The chiaroscuro between these two parts is more than enough to keep individuals riveted to their seat, with the two disparate sections being sewn together with the most masterful of ability. “Through The Night” is a track that takes on Asia and Journey before going into something slightly hard; the one thing that individuals should realize when they sit down and listen to Kill Van Kull is that each subsequent track will be something else, something new to put their teeth into. The band does not try to rehash the same styles with each track, and that is why a disc like “Edge of Sunrise” is so freaking compelling. An interesting style of rock is given to listeners during the “Through The Night”, where the band changes up what is assumed for time signatures. While the tracks might not have a perfect fit on rock radio, there is little doubt in my mind that the act could go forth and successfully get some play on VH1 Classic or other Classic Rock radio. The results should be that copies of “Edge of Sunrise” will fly off of the shelves with all sorts of speed. The band should hopefully stay together for another twenty or so years, coming out with the same fun and intense brand of rock. Top Tracks: Then You Were Gone, The Bottom Rating: 6.8/10 -

Kill Van Kull named after the river that separates Staten Island from New Jersey certainly seemed to be well linked into the past without being nostalgic. These guys have found new and interesting ways to create modern, melodic blues infused hard rock steeped in the tradition from their early days in the 80s. All while showing some sensitivity and range with an instrumental or two.

They have a very distinct, unmistakeable New York flavour going on that lends itself to the great rock, blues and jazz musicians of days gone by. No truer is this then on 'Sweet Summertime', a slinky little number you'd expect to hear coming from some small, seedy back alley of a club in ol' New York. It's the same deal with the jazzy, fluctuating, sax heavy instrumental 'The Bottom', like something out of the Blues Brothers. 'Rock It Steady' follows in a similar way with a good use of brass and big band/rock contours. It must be said I'm not usually attracted to something with saxophone but Kill Van Kull have honestly done it in a stylish way.

This is a chameleon band for damn sure. They aptly switch on you from heavy riffs and solos in 'Hot Daze', the 80s acoustics and modern hard rock of 'Then You Were Gone', the small (very small) Corabi 'Crue elements of 'Through The Night' and the hilarious 'n heavy 'Kick Em And Smile' about rough days at work to the aforementioned blues/jazz to something like the instrumental title track, Edge of Sunrise with it's slow and siren like aesthetics that to me are an interpretation of 9/11 (though I could be way of the actual mark on that one).

I'm not sure how they did it but Kill Van Kull have pulled together a wide range of instruments and sounds without the album coming off disjointed. It's quite well balanced and it seems to me they have covered every base. Obviously their influences go way beyond the usual rock band and for once I can use the word eclectic without any hesitation.

If you really like you're rock, and I mean being really open to all facets that make up our favourite style of music, then you'll be open to the ideas and sonic switches this packed album has to offer.

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Kill Van Kull- EYE OF THE STORM Vinyl EP 1987
Kill Van Kull- Edge Of Sunrise 12 song cd 2007
Kill Van Kull- Angels on High 2011
Kill Van Kull - Monster 2011
Kill Van Kull - BackStabber 2011



Kill Van Kull:
When you hear musical veterans, no matter what the style, you can tell right away there is a depth of feeling and confidence in their playing. There's no way around experience but to have experience.That's why it's good to hear some old school kick ass rock and roll played by a working class band that is tight, inspired and clearly having a damn good time doing it.

Listen For & Request KVK on
105.5 WDHA New Jersey's Best Rock,
98 KUPD Arizona's Real Rock,
WEND FM Charlotte, North Carolina's New Rock
The Rock & Roll Report 90.3 Montreal, Canada
Pure Grain Audio-Ontario,Canada
K94 Virginias Best Rock
iRadio La !04 Los angeles
WITR 89.7 Rochester,New York
CottonRock Radio-Mississippi
The Rocket 104.7FM of Enid, Oklahoma
WRBC 91.5 Lewisyon, Maine

Germany Welcomes the music of KIll Van Kull on
RADIO MELODIC-The Rock Power WebRadio
& Also on The Rock of Ages Radio Show
on Bermuda-Funk Radio
Bermuda-Musik ( Die Gemeinschaftssendung der Musik-Redaktion)
89.6 Mhz Mannheim
105.4 Mhz Heidelberg
TPN ROCK 'The Rock SHow on The Podcast Network

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