Hey, you. Do you like metal? Do you like riffs that make you want to drive fast, raise hell, and fight cops? Do you like vocals layered in attitude, that won’t stand for any bullshit? Do you like songs that have the ass-kicking power of a demonic skeleton riding down a bunch of other, less awesome skeletons? Then the self-titled EP by Roadkiller is for you. Containing five tracks of no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners speed metal, full of punk energy, snarling attitude, and a hell of a lot of fun.
Coming across like a lost classic from the 80’s (albeit with a decent production), Roadkiller is metal as defined by the likes of Motorhead and 80’s thrash. Riff-driven, with short solos and leads that add accents and extra energy to the music, it’s all backed up by vocals and choruses that are designed to have you singing along as you bang your head. This is clear right from the start of opener ‘Zenobia’, which moves with a snarling, yet seductive energy, utterly impossible to resist. “All hail the warrior queen!” go the lyrics, and the EP will hear no voices to the contrary.
Throughout Roadkiller, it’s clear that this is the kind of metal that’s designed for the listener to have as much fun hearing it as the musicians playing it obviously are. That the frontwoman previously played in a Motorhead tribute band makes total sense – not only is Roadkiller‘s sound clearly indebted to Lemmy and co, but there’s a similar sense throughout that music should be a way of helping people have a good time. As such, Roadkiller is the perfect soundtrack to a night out destroying the town, you and your buddies doing whatever the hell you want and damn the consequences.
There is a slight downside to this, as the combination of Motorhead-indebted metal and punk rock energy is hardly a new one; but complaints about a perceived lack of originality miss the point of what the EP is trying to do and be. It’s a celebration of all that is good in metal, of how it can provide a cathartic outlet simply through speed and volume, making the listener feel like a total badass all the while. I’d love to hear what Roadkiller can come up with over the course of a full-length, as this EP absolutely shreds, and leaves me wanting more.
Roadkiller is set for release on 16 November 2018. Follow the band on Facebook for more details.