Killset released their sophomore album S.T.F.U on 7th July this year. Using producer Eddie Wohl once more, Killset maintain their late 90s, early 00s sound that is synonymous with Eddie’s work. The album is certainly a throwback and may provide some nostalgia, however it isn’t up to the standards of the most notable names of that scene.
The influences on this album are obvious with industrial sounding riffs being evident in opening song Get Up and closing song Don’t Let Me Die. Furthermore an early 00s rap rock influence is blatantly obvious on songs such as Killers in the Pit and Bully, even to a lyrical extent (mentioning fighting, moshing etc). Another obvious influence is Slipknot, particularly in the heavier elements of most songs, most notably Tomorrow. These influences unfortunately can leave this album feeling disjointed at times, with the band struggling to showcase a continuous personality throughout their songs.
It would make sense to describe this album as nu-metal, and in terms of modern contemporaries one of the few who could compare are Cane Hill. Even then Cane Hill are ahead of Killset when it comes to taking a well-established sound and moving it forward. While this album may appeal to fans of nu-metal who seek new music, the album has the unfortunate effect of making you want to go back and listen to the bands that defined metal in the late 90s and early 00s.