If only the music was as good as the cover art,
This review is from: Kill Or Be Killed (Audio CD)
I think 3 stars is probably generous. The album artwork for this album is the best of all their albums. It's just a shame that the music doesn't do the artwork justice! With a name like Kill or be killed you're expecting an aggressive album about the harshness of this world and that's pretty much what you get. The song titles are crazy as well with names such as Heads kicked in and Beaten senseless.
After listening to all their albums chronologically (which I've found is the best thing to do when listening to a band's material) I can see that this album is their worst up to this point. With the old sound it was hardcore punk with some decent rapping. With their first heavy album which turned up the metal style New world disorder they changed their style but still maintained decent material and the sound may have been heavy but it's just the right amount of heavy. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy that album when I heard about what it was like but I did. With the last album Uncivilization they went into thrash metal, but the sound was so sparse that the album didn't really know what it wanted to sound like. There were really soft parts and then there were really heavy parts but overall it was a decent and pretty enjoyable album. With this album they have overdone the heaviness and it's filled with rawness, screaming and death metal. The rapping remains but on a much smaller level and the sound just doesn't suit the band. The reason they changed was probably to appeal to a different genre like death metal. Contrary to what 1 reviewer has said this is certainly not their 'best since State of the world address'. In fact in my opinion the following album to SOTWA Mata Leao is far better than this and suit's the band far more, even though it didn't get much credit.
Anyone looking for Biohazard at their best is going to be disappointed.
There are some pretty good songs on here however like Never forgive, never forget, Make my stand and Hallowed ground; with an interesting speech which sums up all the songs together cleverly at the end of the song. Evan's vocals are so memorable on previous albums but on this one his voice is bad for the most part. I think it's his attempt to scream but he can't do it as well as the other guy. The chorus of Dead to me is so funny; he sounds like a monster! Someone give them all throat lozengers! Their attempt to sound so raw and appeal to fans of genres was silly because like another reviewer has said; they lost many of their original fans. It's worth a listen but isn't going to be a favourite for many.