Dazzling Killmen

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Dazzling Killmen
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri area
GenresMath rock
Years active1990–1995
LabelsSkin Graft Records
Associated actsLaddio Bolocko, Brise-Glace
Past membersNick Sakes
Darin Gray
Blake Fleming
Tim Garrigan

Dazzling Killmen was a math rock band from the St. Louis, Missouri area.


The group, which formed in 1990, was composed of jazz students—drummer Blake Fleming, bassist Darin Gray, vocalist/guitarist Nick Sakes, and later on guitarist Tim Garrigan.

The Dazzling Killmen caught the attention of Skin Graft Records. They released two full-length albums, as well as several 7" singles before breaking up in the fall of 1995, immediately prior to a planned tour of Japan with Jim O'Rourke.[1]

Today, its members are better-known for their later projects - Nick Sakes has been in bands Colossamite, Sicbay, and xaddax. Darin Gray was in Brise-Glace, and has performed and recorded with Jim O'Rourke and with Glenn Kotche in On Fillmore. Blake Fleming was in Laddio Bolocko, The Mars Volta and Electric Turn to Me. Tim Garrigan, now based in Brooklyn, is a solo performer.


Dazzling Killmen has been cited as an influence by musicians such as Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan,[2] Jes Steineger of Coalesce,[3] Mike Taylor of Pg. 99,[4] KEN mode,[5] Knut,[6][7] and The Nation Blue.[8]



7" Singles[edit]

  • 1990 - Numb/Bottom Feeder 7", Sawtooth Records
  • Torture/Ghost Limb 7", Crime Life Records
  • 1991 - Mother's Day Split 7", Skin Graft/Sluggo Records
  • 1993 - Medicine Me/Poptones 7"/Comic Set, Skin Graft Records

Live Albums[edit]

  • Lounge Ax Cassette-Only, Skin Graft Records



  1. ^ Dazzling Killmen's page at Skin Graft Records
  2. ^ Weinman, Benjamin (October 30, 2013). "Under the Influence: Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman". The Skinny. Archived from the original on August 25, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Siegl, Michael (June 6, 2009). ".: INTERVIEWS :: Jes Steineger von Coalesce". Metalnews.de (in German). Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Ritchey, Glenn (August 10, 2017). "Pageninetynine look back on "Document #7″". www.invisibleoranges.com. Archived from the original on December 17, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Morgan Ywain Evans (May 15, 2013). "Interview: KEN Mode – Entrenched in Noise". metalriot.com. Brooklyn, New York. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Martinelli, Roberto (2004). "KNUT". www.maelstromzine.com. No. 9. Archived from the original on December 17, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "KNUT - Interview du 18/06/2004" (in French) (published March 10, 2005). June 18, 2004. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Reekie, Matt (August 3, 2009). "Van Demons". Unbelievably Bad. No. 5. p. 30. Retrieved March 9, 2018. Tom Lyngcoln: [...] Another band that me and Dan [McKay] used to rip off big-time was Dazzling Killmen. In the first four years there was bits of our songs that were like, "Dude, that's pretty much the entire song." We've never denied it, we've always advertised the fact because we reckon they're a kick-arse band and people should hear them. [...]

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