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Kill Division: Destructive Force

Hailing from the Netherlands, Kill Division is an extreme metal trio, whose debut album Destructive Force was released last year. Although the band itself is a relatively new one, its members are veterans of the Dutch extreme metal scene and their collective experience as musicians pervades their debut album.

Stylistically, Destructive Force falls somewhere between death metal and thrash metal, paying homage to the likes of Sepultura and the Stockholm death metal scene of the early 90s. Thus, the listener is treated to fast and furious music which is hyper aggressive and rich in wonderfully simplistic old school death metal riffage. The energy that emanates from music on this album is bound to make you metal thrashing mad. However, Kill Division take their music beyond mere death-thrash, as they draw on both grindcore and hardcore. In fact, after the militaristic intro 'Kill Division March', 'Mechanic Domination' explodes into an all out blastbeat-driven death-grind attack. Contrasting the blastbeats, but suiting the overall energy of the tunes on this album, there are several mosh-inspiring breakdowns on the album... and, before you start hatin' on the metalcore posers, I should inform you that we are dealing with thrash metal and hardcore styled breakdowns. So, to use metal purist jargon, you will find that this album is true metal which feature elements from true -core (that is, grindcore and hardcore).

The trio that is Kill Division understand the power of keeping their music simple and aggressive. Yet, their performance is not sloppy, but is characterized by tightness, top notch musicianship and professionalism. The group members' many years of experience as extreme metal musicians really shines through here. Vocals-wise, guitarist Susan Gerl provides the majority of the vocals, with Richard Ebisch chiming in with a couple of guttural growls every now and then. Gerl's vocals are harsh, and the quality of her snarling growls almost add a dimension of black metal as well.

Destructive Force is a very well put together extreme metal album which harnesses all the destructuve energy from thrash metal, death metal, grindcore, and hardcore. Fans of extreme metal acts like Napalm Death, early Sepultura, Behemoth, Carcass, Grave, and Dismember should definitely check it out.

Track listing:
1. Kill Division March (0:59)
2. Mechanic Domination (2:17)
3. Fear of Life (2:47)
4. Locked Up Forever (4:15)
5. Made of Lies (3:03)
6. Destructive Force (6:07)
7. Sadistic Oppressor (2:59)
8. Distorted Reality (3:44)
9. Generated Hate (2:24)
10. Master Manipulator (4:00)
11. Toxic World (3:31)

Added: May 7th 2014
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Related Link: Kill Division official website
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Language: english

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