“Whenever I think I have my tone dialed in, I find something that makes me want to improve. I doubt I’ll ever quit chasing the dragon”: Kill Devil Hill are back – Mark Zavon explains why Rex Brown’s departure lit a fire under the hard-rock supergroup

Musician Mark Zavon of Kill Devil Hill performs onstage during DIMEBASH 2019 at The Observatory on January 24, 2019 in Santa Ana, California.
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Losing the likes of Rex Brown and Vinny Appice would be the kiss of death for most bands, but not for Kill Devil Hill. Instead, the North Carolina-born hard-rock supergroup has saddled up, coming out stronger than ever, as they release their first record in a decade, Seas of Oblivion.

Sure, without its star-studded rhythm section, the sound and aesthetic of Kill Devil Hill look a whole lot different, but Matt Snell (bass) and Johnny Kelly (drums) have pitched in so that holdovers Dewey Bragg (vocals) and Mark Zavon (guitars) can do what they do best: unleash the beast from within.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.