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Kittie: I've Failed You

I had never heard Kittie prior to listening to I've Failed You; I was aware of them, though, and I had read several places on the Internet that they were a nu metal act. So, there I am, giving the album the first spin and, not having heard the band ever but having read that they were a nu metal act, I expected some standard nu metal.

You can imagine my surprise, when the first track 'I've Failed You' turns out to be an uptempo power-thrash metal track with Jon Schaffer-like precise picking, harsh vocals, double bass drums, heavy choruses, and lead guitars and all. I didn't see that coming, but I enjoyed every minute of that track. And Kittie stay within thrash metal territory on the second track 'We Are the Lamb' which is a midtempo thrash with double bass drum work, tense guitar harmonies and almost dissonant chords every now and then, while the guitar solo is more of a bluesy guitar rock thing. 'Whisper of Death' continues in the same midtempo thrash metal style, and it is only here that alternative metal rears its shoegazing head in the form of an Alice in Chains like chorus - the musical underpinning is still thrash metal, though, and that combination works well. The guitar solo is also more of a garage rock thing on this track. 'What Have I Done' is a heavier affair with AiC-influenced elements, but also what appears to be a strong Black Sabbath influence, while the bridge almost sounds like old school midtempo death metal. 'Empires (Part 1)' is a nice piece of classical guitar, while part 2 is an aggressive and dark power thrasher with a melodic passages and heavy groovy passages and a nice melodic guitar solo. The remaining tracks explore various aspects of the brand of dark power-thrash they play on this album, with some tracks like 'Come Undone' and 'Ugly' being more uptempo, 'Already Dead' being more midtempo and 'Never Come Home' and 'Time Never Heals' belonging more to the heavy department.

I have no idea what Kittie sounded like before, but I totally dig this album with its blend of thrash metal and dark power metal, spiced up with harsh vocals and more melodic but introspective sounding AiC-inspired vocals. I find this release to be highly original and quite varied, without seeming unfocused. It perfectly balanced extreme metal, alternative metal, and power metal within a dark thrash metal framework.

Track Listing:
1. I've Failed You
2. We Are The Lamb
3. Whisper of Death
4. What Have I Done
5. Empires (Part 1)
6. Empires (Part 2)
7. Come Undone
8. Already Dead
9. Never Come Home
10. Ugly
11. Time Never Heals

Added: August 21st 2011
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Related Link: Kittie official website
Hits: 2611
Language: english

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