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Aggressive - 83%

MEGANICK89, September 11th, 2009

Overkill's fourth output of the nineties is an aggressive and in your face affair that has some the groove influx that most thrash bands were incorporating into their sound, but retains the thrash elements that makes this an enjoyable listen.

The first thing noticeable is Bobby Blitz's vocals. He sings with attitude and aggression and he spits out the vocals with a fiery rage that is much different from the way he sings on the 80s albums from the band. He belts out the chorus in "Battle" with a piercing scream that lets everyone know he means business. The guy sounds like raspy, pissed off Rob Halford, if that makes any sense. Anyways, listening to Blitz's vocals is one of the highlights of this album.

On the musical side of the coin, there are a fair amount of thrashers and also a couple of songs that are different from the Overkill formula. The aforementioned "Battle," "God-Like" and "Cold Hard, Fact" are violent thrashers that show no groove influence whatsoever and are Overkill at their best. "Burn You Down/To Ashes" and "The Mourning After/Private Bleeding" are unorthodox cuts with the former having a brooding intro that explodes into a doom riff and has Blitz singing in a whispering kind of tone. The other features a piano of all things and is actually very catchy and an interesting listen.

While this album has many good moments, it has one major flaw and that is the gang shouts. I don't know why the band fell in love with these, but the use of them is totally annoying. "Let Me Shut That For You" becomes completely ruined because of the shouts in the main riff of the song. It has a neat mid-section too, but the listening experience is ruined by the "hey, hey, hey" during the main riff. "Bold Face Pagan Stomp" is another ruined by the obnoxious barks of "pagan, pagan" in the beginning of the song.

Thankfully there is an instrumental which has no shouts at all. "Feeding Frenzy" showcases the talents of DD Verni and shows everyone why he is one of the top bassits in metal. The way he plucks the notes is unconventional and the speed at which he does them is astounding. In case anyone is wondering, the bass does not dominate the sound like on "W.F.O" as it mixes in comfortably with the rest of the instruments.

With songs like "Cold Hard, Fact" and "Battle," it is hard to go wrong with this album. Any fan of the band is going to enjoy this. Hearing Bobby Blitz's aggression and brutal attitude adds character to "The Killing Kind." This is certainly no album to ignore and very impressive considering it came out at a time when thrash was hard to find.