|Groove Metal, Thrash Metal
CMC Records International, FEMS, Music For Nations
October 10th, 1994
Release length: 49:34
The music on this release seems a little more commercial, similar to Set The World On Fire, but with “In the Blood” being this album’s “Phoenix Rising, and the rest not to the extent of some of the tracks on there. Songs like “21” and “Second To None” have some technical aspects to the music, but are just lighter songs song. “Bad Child” would also fall into this category, but it’s a more groove oriented song that just feels as though it were made particularly for radio airplay, as well as the flat out groove metal track “Annihilator”, which has only a little bite to it, if any at all. That being said, there are really only a few songs on here that really capture the Annihilator sound that the fans have come to know and love, like “The Box” and “King Of The Kill”.
While much of the material on this album is a bit different, it doesn’t make it bad. There are plenty of great tracks on here that are catchy as hell and see a lot of replay value. The only real downfall tracks on this release would have to be “Annihilator” for being a track that really just doesn’t fit in that well and seems a bit too commercial, as well as “Bad Child” which really doesn’t do much and feels like filler, and the rather boring “Hell Is A War”. Other then that, the production quality of this album is really good, and the music is very tight, but just seems to jump around sporadically as far the styles go.
This version features three bonus tracks, including the power ballad overkill song “Only Be Lonely”, a comment track about the album, as well as an extended version of “Fiscao (The Slate)” which features various other slates to all the songs and unused mixes of this album. The track “Comments From Jeff Waters” is nice and sheds some light about the band’s five year disappearance in the United States, but the latter, “Slates”, is absolutely pointless and definitely only added as filler to push the length of the album. It’s too bad, because “Fiasco” really is a nice way to conclude this disc.
Really, King Of The Kill is a decent album that mixes things up in the Annihilator universe. Much of the material on here is very catchy, even though some of it sounds a bit too cliche, and the ballad on this release is rather poor. The only worthwhile bonus track on this version of the album is the “Comments From Jeff Waters” track, making it pointless to actually track this specific release down if you’re outside the States, but regardless of what version you buy, King Of The Kill is definitely worth the time to listen to it.
01. The Box – 5:30
02. King Of The Kill – 3:13
03. Annihilator – 4:28
04. Bad Child – 3:40
05. 21 – 4:25
06. Bliss – 0:51
07. Second To None – 5:16
08. Hell Is A War – 5:20
09. Speed – 4:36
10. In The Blood – 4:20
11. Catch The Wind (Instrumental) – 3:50
12. Fiasco (The Slate) – 0:09
13. Fiasco – 3:56
14. Only Be Lonely (Bonus Track) – 5:33
15. Comments From Jeff Waters (Bonus Track) – 10:24
16. Slates (Bonus Track) – 4:05
|Overall Score: 7/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.