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Mandatory Thrash Metal! - 94%

overkill67, September 30th, 2004

Arguably the best crossover band of all time, D.R.I. have estabilshed themselves to a legendary status amongst their many fans and admirers. This is one band thats matured so much throughout their career that at times its extremely difficult to even assume that their earlier efforts were in fact recordings done by the same band. Ever since the "4 of a Kind" album, this band has been leaning more and more towards a thrash metal style of music. The music itself has progressively gotten much more complicated in terms of structure and overall performances by the band members themselves. This album is an excellent example of what contemporary mid 90's Thrash Metal should sound like. Being at the peek the of their writting ability this album is incredibly strong in terms of both riffs and drum patterns for a former punk band. The lyrics are very cool as well and although, one can usually expect some sort of "tongue in cheeck" humor from DRI, the seriousness of the topics cannot be denied. One of the more unique things about this album as oppose to some of their previous offerings is the fact that the guitars are tuned so fucking low at times, it almost sounds as though Spike is tuned to B. But there is no signs of nu-metal shit laden trendy faggot rock, just pure undeniable Thrash.
Overall, this is probably DRI's best album with Thrashzone coming in at a very close 2nd. The song writting is top shelf and the thrash/groove is strong and prevalent throughout this entire onslought of pristine Bay Area styled tunes. (even though this is an LA band)
Highlights on this album are...Syringes in the Sandbox, Under the overpass, Problematic, Drawn and Quartered, Dead Meat, I'm the liar and Underneath the Surfass...Highly recommended thrash album!