Title - 'KillSmith And The Greenfire Empire' (Kachina)
Artist - Neal Smith
Looking at the artwork for this new release, you might be forgiven for thinking that this was a re-release from the 70’s. Especially given that KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire is actually from drummer, song writer and founding Alice Cooper band member, Neal Smith. But no, it is a brand new solo project the KillSmith series that has already garnered high praise indeed.
KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire features Neal Smith on lead vocals, backing vocals, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar and synthesizer and Peter Catucci on bass guitar, backing vocals and lead vocals (on ‘Noelle No Wonder’). A concept album that tells the story of a poor boy who grows up in the jungles of South America, and who then becomes “Diablo the Emerald King” the most ruthless, ferocious and powerful drug lord in the world, KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire is a musical creation to behold.
Neal Smith performed on Alice Cooper's early albums Pretties for You and Easy Action, the breakout album Love It to Death and the subsequent successful albums Killer, School's Out, and Billion Dollar Babies. His last album with Alice Cooper was Muscle of Love. In 2011, Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the "Performer" category, as a member of the original Alice Cooper band.
As the story of “Diablo the Emerald King” unfolds, the musical adventure details how, as a young boy, Diablo discovers an ancient secret that has been hidden for thousands of years in pre-Columbian jungle ruins. The secret he discovers is an ancient sacrificial drug called “GreenFire.” As GreenFire’s deadly addiction spreads like wildfire around the glove. It reaches a country called “Blue Soul Land.” The havoc it creates in “Blue Soul Land” unleashes the rage of a retied Special Ops Military hero nicknamed “KillSmith” with grave consequences.
KillSmith & The Greenfire Empire is an incredible album of concept music, and one that allows Smith’s heavy metal venture to fast become known as the last of the Rock Opera’s. With the first single off the album entitled, ‘GreenFire Born of Posion,’ the only next question that has to be asked is, Could this turn itself into a movie?
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk