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Classic Review: Intruder - A Higher Form Of Killing
A Higher Form Of Killing

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1989
Duration: 40:00
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 9, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
A Higher Form Of Killing

Rated 4.05/5 (81.05%) (19 Votes)

Of the two Intruder discs I have, this is the far better one. 1991's "Psycho Savant" sounded pretty stale, but "A Higher Form Of Killing" shows some real sparks of life. It's funny to me (funny strange, not funny ha-ha) how the life just went out of the Thrash scene after 1990, like someone pulled the plug and the juice quit flowing. Anyway, no thrash album released between 1991 and about 1997 was any good at all, like the moon was out of phase or something.

Anyway, this album does not have the problems that plagued its successor. The riffs are sharp and catchy, the songs are tighter and don't repeat themselves or noodle around, and the vocals are better. Rather that yammer, Jimmy Hamilton manages a pretty good snarl spiced up with some whacked-out screams. All in all, this album is just livelier and more aggressive than "Psycho Savant", and so it sounds less dated even though it's 2 years older. For 80's thrash mavens this is a no –brainer, and since you can download the whole thing from the band's website you have no reason not to go get it. But even those who are not retro-fanatics can find some fun stuff on this album. Not a thrash essential or anything, but a good enough album.

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