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Dazzling Killmen


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St Louis, United States

Dazzling Killmen were one of the most accomplished 1990s math rock bands, combining a punk-inspired noisy ruckus with jazzy Sun Ra-type intelligence and complex arrangements. The group was composed of midwestern jazz students — drummer Blake Fleming, guitarist Tim Garrigan, bassist Darin Gray — and vocalist Nick Sakes. The St. Louis-based group caught the attention of Skin Graft Records, released two full-length albums, as well as several 7” singles before breaking up.

Today, its members are better known for their later projects — like Fleming’s Laddio Bolocko, The Mars Volta and Electric Turn To Me, Colossamite and Sicbay, and a collaboration between Gray and Jim O’Rourke, Brise-Glace.


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  • Detective_Kane

    Thanks to Darin Gray, he gave us these godlike basslines.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • archaic_state

    Исправил бред про влияние Jesus Lizard.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • melez102

    jazzy sun ra-type intelligence :|

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • leololozone666

    sun ra?

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • satanicazrael

    the next early '90s band that needs their discography lavishly re-issued [2]

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rabiddinosaur

    the next early '90s band that needs their discography re-issued lavishly

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Kristman

    It's like a more intricate, sometimes restrained The Jesus Lizard.

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ybdisco

    Sounds nothing like Neurosis

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SpaciousDiaper

    Music from St. Louis that doesn't suck? WHAT.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KrisDale86

    lookin' good today....

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Doppz

    Great band, why is Dig Our the Switch not listed with their other albums, though? I prefer that one to Face of Collapse

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Slobbers

    so many dope D.K. bands: dead kennedys, die kreuzen, dazzling killmen

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • obso the newest band founded by Nick Sakes. Debut album in the works.

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • sorophx

    DK are the best thing that happened to rock music. so... what's this "neurosis" you talking about?

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    i don't hear Neurosis in FoC at all, or in DK in general [2]

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Smirnon

    i don't hear Neurosis in FoC at all, or in DK in general

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • UntilYouReform

    "Face of Collapse" sounds like a meaner Neurosis.

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Quibble_88

    fucking addictive

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • Khanatist

    I was told these guys were heavy. And my source wasn't wrong. You clearly can hear the influence for all the following psychotic/noise/chaotic hardcore bands. Kiss It Goodbye, anyone?

    11 Feb 2010 Reply

    Self-Confessed Johnny Come Lately here, in fact today is the first time I heard / heard of this band and I AM LOVING IT. Anyway isn't coming quickly supposed to be a bad thing?

    23 Jan 2010 Reply
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