Monday, September 04, 2006


Part of the large family of groups based around The Wu-Tang Clan, Killarmy consists of Killa Sin, ShoGun Assassin, 9th Prince (aka North Star, Madman), Beretta 9, Islord, and Dom Pashino.
Predominantly produced by Fourth Disciple — who has also worked with Shabazz The Disciple as well as Wu-Tang — Killarmy released two singles through Wu-Tang/Priority in 1997, "Camouflage Ninjas" and "Wu-Renegades," before releasing their debut album, Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, in August of that year. Dirty Weaponry followed in 1998.

Killarmy - Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars (Aug 5, 1997)

The fact that Killarmy's debut Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars was co-released on Wu-Tang Records suggests that the hardcore crew is part of the Wu-Tang Clan. In reality, the group has more in common with Master P's legion of ripoff artists on No Limit, the label that co-released Silent Weapons. Killarmy is a low-rent Wu-Tang, approximating some of the spare, haunting menace of RZA's productions, but without the tough, clever raps that make Wu-Tang so distinctive. Unlike many imitations, Killarmy is actually enjoyable — several of the tracks have catchy, noisy hooks and beats, and the group's rhymes have potential. Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars is too long to make a large impact — especially since they repeat many of their best ideas over the course of the record — but when its consumed in small doses, it's quite enjoyable.

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Killarmy - Fear, Love & War (Aug 7, 2001)
Every empire needs a military. The Wu-Tang empire has Killarmy, a group of roughnecks that create songs drenched with warfare imagery. Its third album is titled Fear, Love & War and while there is plenty of fear and war, love seems hard to find. Most of the album deals with topics the crew dealt with in its first two albums. "Monster" is a powerful call to arms while "Street Monopoly" benefits from a particularly haunting arrangement. Some love does sneak in on the album thanks to "Lady Sings the Blues" and it is a welcome respite from the bleak images on the rest of the album. It's clear that 4th Disciple has been trained well by Wu-Tang wizard RZA as his production captures the essence of Wu-Tang's dark, dank sound. Lyrically, the music suffers from repetition as too many of the songs deal with the same militaristic themes. After three albums, it seems that Killarmy needs to find a new battle to fight.

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