Rebellious Child – Rebellious Child
Rebellious Child are a hard rocking outfit that is the brain child of
multi-instrumentalist Keith Miller from Minnesota that draws influences from
Dokken, Helix, Quite Riot, TNT and Ratt. It’s a self released affair and the
production is nice and crisp with the songs being very catchy and melodic
‘Dead Alive’ is an active number, makes me think of Dokken and long
forgotten rock bands 9.0 and Cold Sweat. The guitar work is similar to that
of Marc Ferrari and this is a fun hard rocker with driving vocals in the Don
Dokken vein, with slight hints of Gary Cherone. ‘Exotic Dance’ is a catchy
song, again very melodic, this one reminds me of Love/Hate/Saigon Kick and
is a fun tongue n’ cheek summery rocker. ‘I’ve Been Dealin’ has a strong
Firehouse inspired melodic hooks, especially vocally as Keith vocally comes
over like CJ Snare on this track, it’s a moodier mid paced melodic song and
one of the standout tracks on the CD. ‘Johnny Rock Star’ is a fun ditty, not
the best song on the CD, it’s got an Alice Cooper vibe with a story telling
lyrical style, love the bass playing on this track. ‘Sometimes’ is another
good track, this one has an almost rap/chant vocal feel in parts, makes me
think of Ratt and Ugly Kid Joe crossed with Motley Crue circa John Corabi
and Skid Row. Crisp chunky George Lynch style guitars dominate the song and
KM really rips, this is a cool track, the more you play the more this one
grows on you, another highlight. ‘Whats My Name’ is another strong melodic
rocker a ‘la Firehouse with superb guitar work, whilst ‘Insanity’ goes for
that Skid Row vibe with a hint of GN’R. I really love this song, it’s
melodic with superb musical work and vocals. ‘Live’ is another excellent
track, this in the Lynch Mob/Dokken style and is cool melodic hard rock,
it’s fun moody and catchy. Last up is the awesome ‘Think’ which is another
of my favourite songs, it’s a mix of classic hard rock glitz with a moody
edge a’la Alice In Chains (debut album). The vocals are strong and the whole
song really works, maybe the most mature song on the album, it’s also got a
mid 90′s Dokken feel to it, a great edgy song, great playing and vibe.
While the songs can sometimes sound mid paced, there is a degree of musical
flare with Rebellious Child and it’s an album that will grow on you. A lot
of care and attention has gone into the songs and Keith has clearly enjoyed
making this album which comes over in the music, a labour of love. It’s a
good start, what he needs to do next is get a full band together, get
another CD out and build the band up, the potential is there, check it out
Nicky Baldrian – Fireworks Magazine 2012
Keith Miller – Over The Abyss
Proving his talent further, this ten track album came out in early 2008.
Once again Keith Miller is handling all the musical parts personally.
The melodic ‘Over The Abyss’ kicks everything off and has a strong Joe
Satriani feels, a’la ‘Flying In a Blue Dream’. The playing is spot on and
the production is clear and crisp. ‘Crimson River’ is next and is another
good track, a driving ditty with neo-classical playing, again going for that
Satch feel, it is good number with strong dreamy playing that swirls around
your head. Keith is not a flash player, he has a sense of style that makes
him stand out from a lot of the guitar guys who just shred it out. ‘The Key’
is a stunning number, very neo-classical in style and makes me think of
early Tony MaCalpine and Joey Taffola, there is a lot of feeling and it
grows into a very catchy instrumental. ‘Hook The Flesh’ has a heavier,
grittier vibe and again shows a lot of Satriani influences, this track could
have been on ‘Crystal Planet’, good vibe and playing. ‘Crusher’ is catchy
and vibrant and one of my fave tracks. I love the way this song builds, the
guitar work is fantastic and well thought out and very catchy, the amps must
have been on fire. ‘Playing With Fire’ is darker and heavier, again
neo-classical in style but with a heavy crunch, this one makes me think of
David Chastain. ‘Crunch King’ is another melodic masterpiece, I love it,
superb playing, again it’s got a Satch vibe to it and is superb, the whole
track lulls you in and you end up playing it a few times, really dig this
track. ‘Dragging The Dear’ is up next, a moshier heavier track with solid
chunky heavy melodic riffs, this is another track that really gets going and
has a good buzz. ‘Tears Of Pain’ is soother melodic ballad in style,
gorgeous playing with tons of feelings. ‘Assent’ ends the CD in a glitz of
Satch styles proving that Keith Miller has the chops.
The one thing I’ll say, is whilst the Satriani influences are clearly
evident, the one thing Keith does not do is direct copies, he has his own
style and it comes across throughout the album which is hugely enjoyable.
Keith is an artist to keep your eye on, with Rebellious Child and this solo
album he clearly knows what he is about and we get the best of both worlds,
both CD’s have crisp slick production sounds so you’re not gonna get just
any old rubbish. I’m amazed that he has not been picked up by any of the
labels, it’s a lot better than some of the stuff some of these labels are
spewing out. I’m excited to hear what Mr. Miller comes up with next.
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Nicky Baldrian – Fireworks Magazine 2012
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 CD Review: Keith Miller – Over The Abyss Artist: Keith Miller Title: Over The Abyss Release Year: 2008 If you like Guitar shredders then you’ll no doubt want to check out Keith Miller who plays with the fire and intensity of Steve Vai and Marty Friedman….and yet at the same time this guy plays with a passion and style all his own….After listening to Keith Miller’s 2008 release Over The Abyss I was very impressed with what a gifted Guiatrist Keith Miller really is…While Over The Abyss is a great Shred album what I really enjoyed about this 10 track CD is that no two songs sound just a like…..Each song sounds different than the one that proceeded it and each song was played with a different feeling and emotion in mind…….Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Over The Abyss and not only will you remember the hey day of all the great Guitar Heros of the 80′s but you’ll discover for yourself should be crowned one of today’s great Guitar Shred King Gods but that he plays with 100% of his heart and soul……and with song titles as unique and original as “Crimson River” and “Crunch King” you know you’re in for a real treat.
Jason Houston – Rock Zone (Mar 18, 2009)
Hot on the heels of his last releases, Groove Train and CHALK, the 10-track 2008 Over the Abyss pins you to the wall with another dazzling display of hard rock guitar instrumentals. Miller continues to burn. -20th Century Guitar
Robert Silverstein – 20th Century Guitar
Underground guitar-great Keith Miller recently released his second instrumental solo record Chalk. Much like it’s predecessor Groove Train (2003), and his previous band Plex’d, Keith Miller continues with his trademark style intricate guitar-blazing groove-metal with Chalk. Combining several classic metal guitar influences from Michael Schenker to Marty Friedman (with a sound somewhat similar to Marty’s early solo work on Dragon’s Kiss) Keith Miller jams very tasteful guitar licks atop intricate King’s X meets Metallica-type grooves. Keith has a great sense for timing and rhythm and knows not to over-indulge giving the music a chance to breathe before laying down his next soulful guitar lick. Songs such as the title track, “Grid Lock,” “Inner Turbulence,” and “Rubber Room” prove that Keith Miller has what it takes to contend with today’s guitar greats. If you have trouble finding Chalk in the stores, log on to: www.KM-GuitarSlinger.com
By Bob Nalbandian – Hard Radio
Keith Miller (U.S.)- “Groove Train” and “Chalk” (2003/2004 self)
From the cold plains of Minnesota, the possibility of an immediate thaw is imminent once any of these discs are played. The molten strings that lay on the glacial frontier are owned by this axesmith, Keith Miller. One of those unheard ofs, Keith Miller, like many guitarists, started at an early age and was self-taught before placing themself in a school for more advanced knowledge of the craft. Keith did that before entering Musictech College in Minneapolis to hone his skills even more. He also has the similairity of playing in
childhood/teenage year bands and had some success with a band called Plex’d which he still is part of today.
“Groove Train”, the 2003 debut has a nice heavy flavor to it with licks from the blackest depths of hell without relying on the monotonous finger-diarrhea that many of these guitarists do on their very first album like they have to prove something. Fans of “Satch”, Gary Hoey, SRV and Torben Enevoldsen will definitely understand the wizardry of Keith Miller. He may not be a huge name but he’s not a clone either;just has influences like everyone else. Recommended songs off this CD (despite I would say all of them!!) would be: “Groove Train”, “Thump-N-Groove”, “King”, “Grab It” and “Engine #9″. 9 tracks and a bit over 38 minutes.
“Chalk” is the brand-new release and it’s pretty much the same thing here if you like your instrumenal stuff a bit more progressive and edgier. There’s one vocal song on here called “Crazy” and it’s pretty good and is somewhat along the lines of what Kotzen does nowadays. The heaviest song off either album is on this one by the name of “Inner Turbulance” which is very uptempo and then you get tracks like “Chalk”, “Saphire Pools” (sapphire dude! and turbulence; sorry I’m anal about spelling!!), “Grid Lock” and “Clock Talk” with the heavy progressive delivery; plus it helps with tonality to have a 7-stringer!!! “Flip The Switch” was interesting as the main riff took me back to the 80′s when riffing was studied and was a thing of one-upmanship by many bands. “Rubber Room” has some neat effects in it while “Noodlin’” is just what it is and is a one-take track of just messin’ around in rehearsal. Two albums and not a bad song off either one of them…now that’s impressive!! So do yourself a favor and check this guy out, you won’t be disappointed.
By: Wayne Klinger © Quintessence
Wayne Klinger – Quintessence
Keith Miller – Review of “Chalk” by Bob Nalbandian of Shock Waves Magazine
Underground guitar-great Keith Miller recently released his second instrumental solo record Chalk. Much like it’s predecessor Groove Train (2003), and his previous band Plex’d, Keith Miller continues with his trademark style intricate guitar-blazing groove-metal with Chalk. Combining several classic metal guitar influences from Michael Schenker to Marty Friedman (with a sound somewhat similar to Marty’s early solo work on Dragon’s Kiss) Keith Miller jams very tasteful guitar licks atop intricate King’s X meets Metallica-type grooves. Keith has a great sense for timing and rhythm and knows not to over-indulge giving the music a chance to breathe before laying down his next soulful guitar lick. Songs such as the title track, “Grid Lock,” “Inner Turbulence,” and “Rubber Room” prove that Keith Miller has what it takes to contend with today’s guitar greats.
Bob Nalbandian – Shock Waves Magazine
KM-GUITARSLINGER.COM – FEB 2005 – 20th Century Guitar Magazine
Minnesota-based guitarist Keith Miller is receiving lots of well earned praise for his two recently released self-produced CDs. Comparisons to Joe Satriani, Metallica and the Galactic Cowboys aside, with the release of Groove Train (2003) and Chalk (2004) Miller is staking out some rare musical territory all his own. A virtual steamroller of hard-rock guitar instrumental guitar sounds, Miller wrote, recorded and mixed all the sounds on both CDs, while demonstrating impressive guitar skills as well as his expertise in the studio. Among the guitars Miller features on the CDs are a variety of Carvin 6 & 7 string models . Both CDs fall right into the hard rock instrumental realm and Miller comes through with some dazzling guitar tones and techniques to further assure his rising guitar stature.
Robert Silverstein – 20th Century Guitar
Chalk is the melodically shredded metal and rock CD from Keith Miller, which follows on the path laid out by his previous CD, “Groove Train”. The nimble fingered guitarist seldom indulges to excess, but manages to offer plenty of thrills and chills on the ten instrumental cuts (plus one vocal track). Miller is a graduate from Musictech College of Music in Minneapolis, and is a member of PLEX’D a band that has received rave reviews in national magazines, as well as some label interest. If you enjoy chops-happy excursions, turn-n-burn fretting, fast electric guitar lines and slamming rhythms and smoldering riffs, look no further than Chalk – a gem of raw power. Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Heavy Metal/Hard Rock), total running time, 40:31
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