Xtreem Music - 2010 - U.S.A.
Originally formed in 1988, death metal troupe Killing Addiction released some presumably low-profile releases (one demo, two EPs, a split, and one full-length according to Metal archives before calling it quits. The January of 2006 saw them reform and this year sees them with release of brand new full-length Fall of the Archetype.
Well, it’s not quite brand new. Not completely at least, since the latter half of Fall… are songs from their 1998 EP Dark Tomorrow. Whether they made any changes to the song between that 12 year gap is unknown to me, but if their older material is anything like Fall of the Archetype, it’s goddamn unsolvable mystery to me why they would’ve disbanded, even more so when they were situated in one of the world’s death metal capitals when the genre was blowing up. Shame that they didn’t get the time of day they deserved back then, with only one full-length, Omega Factor, to show for. I don’t doubt that said full-length is probably a cult-classic in the books of some death metal fans out there, but Fall of the Archetypes is their much-deserved second chance at unleashing some good ‘ol fucking death metal devil music on the unsuspecting metal masses.
Historical ponderings aside, what do these guys sound like that makes me so confident? Well, Killing Addiction play death metal as if they had never left the 90s. championing a virulent (at least these old-school death/thrash/you-fucking-name-t days) strain of old school death metal, with much more in common with traditional greats like Incantationor Entombed than Information Age techheads like Origin. Not a wholly accurate comparison, but it’s certainly a referencing. Killing Addiction have the gritty, full, rusted-chainsaw-shoved-into-your-gut guitar tone that revivalist bands would kill baby seals for. They’ve got the whole raw classic death metal sound down pat – expansive powerful drum tones, innards rumbling bass, ominous cavernous gutturals.
I don’t think I need to tell you that these guys bust out many a sick riff, but for reviewing’s sake, I shall direct you to the opening riff of the title track, the opening riff of “Syndicate Empires”, and opening riff of closer “Dark Tomorrow”. Listen to those and tell me you can’t feel just the tiniest bit that the end is near. Yeah, didn’t think so. Putting the riffs aside though, Killing Addiction truly excel at merging good riffs with the precious (some might say largely lost) art of creating an oppressive, dismal, proper Satan-worshipping atmosphere. The ritual sacrifice and demon summoning occur mainly in the latter (the first half could be described as peasant-slaughtering, bloody rampages) half of the album. Incantation fans wouldn’t know what to do with the massive boners that demented tracks like “Threshold” or “Ashes of the Civilization” would give them. Hell, I wouldn’t. It sounds so gloriously terrible, so evil and wrong that it feels like I cold sprout horns during the next twisted lead or wave of blastbeats.
Since Killing Addiction probably went through their 90s lifespan with little recognition, so I sincerely hope this album marks a turning point for them. Satan knows they deserve it, ‘cos this is the real deal. Now quit reading this review, go sacrifice a goat, and check baby out.