1. Nibiru
2. Hollow Promises
3. White Flags
4. Evolve
5. Dysfunctional
6. P.D.M.
7. Mellowhead
8. Karmageddon

Janne Selo – vocals
Niko Viita-aho – guitar
Paavo Pekkonen – guitar
Mika Pusa – bass
Vilho Rajala – drums

Creation (2014)


Produced, recorded & mixed by Miitri Aaltonen
Mastered by Anssi Kippo
Astia-studio, Lappeenranta, Finland

Released 2018-05-11
Reviewed 2018-04-26


The name of this band feels rather true in a sense, ego does really kill in a way – it especially destroys the soul of those who believe they are something and not really understanding that no person in the world really matters in the grand scheme of things. That first thing isn’t really anything about the Finnish hippie metal band and their second album called Mellowhead, just a general reflection on people today. Egokills released their first album Creation in 2014 and now in 2018 comes the second one, an album of eight tracks and just short of 40 minutes of music. Not the most brilliant artwork I have seen but the music is another matter, it is really strong.

Hippie Metal, do you really need any further description than that? It is a varied album with strong dynamics and production, I really like the vocalist who is strong and has a great Finnish accent to his singing. They have a fresh sound as well and the press material makes a thing of them being a band of humans rather than machines. That has me wondering, who are those bands with machines rather than humans? I can’t really think of a band that consists of machines, especially not in the genres that I write about – but at least we know that Egokills are a band of Humans, Finnish human beings. And the lyrical themes touch both sides of life, both the bight ones and the darker ones – that makes the album feel quite dynamic.

Entertaining and strong, this is really a great album with strong songs and a fresh sound. I think Egokills does most things right on Mellowhead and makes it very hard to find anything negative to point at, you have to look long and hard to find anything less than stellar. The good stuff is much easier to find, like the title track that is my favourite track of the album and then also think that the opening track Nibiru and the ending track Karmageddon are two really memorable tracks of this rather memorable album. This is without a doubt the best hippie metal album that I have heard, as far as I can recall. Then again, that might not really say much as it is the only hippie metal album I have heard, as far as I can recall.

Mellowhead is a very appealing album, and it is definitely one worth looking closer at if you like the hippie metal genre. This album is hippie metal at its best; it is not every album I can write something like that about. Great and fun album.







Label: My Fate Music/recordJet/Soulfood
Three similar bands: Red Eleven/Shiraz Lane/The Cloudycators
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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