Rex Brown Exits Kill Devil Hill

Rex Brown

Rock and metal mainstay Rex Brown has announced he’s stepping down from his position in Kill Devil Hill in order to focus on his solo work. The former Pantera and Down bassist made the announcement in a new interview with Loudwire.

“With Kill Devil Hill, the guys are starting to gig again and with them, it’s very amicable. They are some of my best friends in the world,” Brown said. “I just felt like I was keeping a damper on them so might as well take care of this thing now. It’s a very amicable split and everybody’s happy with the whole deal. It probably should have happened a year ago, but you never know. You’ve just got to keep things open. But I’m doing my thing and they’re doing theirs and it’s all cool.”

Brown founded Kill Devil Hill in 2011 with drummer Vinny Appice, Mark Zavon, and Dewey Bragg. Appice left in 2014 after the band released two albums. A replacement bassist has not been named.

Brown said the followup to his 2018 solo debut, Smoke on This, will be introspective and emotionally heavier. “It’s a darker record for me, but it’s one of those things where you’ve just got to let it out when it comes out. It’s kind of Nashville in that sense. So we want to get it done and hit the road.”

You can check out the rest of the interview with Loudwire here.

In other news, Brown participated in the annual Dimebash in Santa Ana, California in honor of fallen Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Hear the bassist ripping it up with Dave Grohl, Corey Taylor, and Scott Ian on “Walk”:

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