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Review: Killing Addiction - Fall of the Archetypes
Killing Addiction
Fall of the Archetypes

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2010
Duration: 39:24
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: October 16, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (14 Votes)

Well, it turns out Killing Addiction have been slugging it out since 1988 however this is my first taste of the band. They released one full-length in '93 and now we're treated to their second album. However this isn't all new material, with the last five tracks here being from their '94 split with Eterne De Sade.

The new tracks here are fairly decent old school death metal, it seems these guys have picked up right where they left off. However I have to say, the mixing for this album is particularly shoddy. The drums are way too high in the mix, and drown out almost everything, particularly in the end of "Leviathan" which is almost painful. It's a shame too, because you really have to focus hard and look past the massive drum sound to see what's actually going on. I can see that there is some good material underneath the drums, and it's a shame I honestly think they need to redo this. Not to mention the drums sound fairly synthetic. All in all the new material here is rendered almost completely unlistenable as far as I'm concerned.

As for the old tracks, well the production isn't great but a least it's listenable, just a tad muddy. The music itself is distinctly average death metal with some quality riffs and disgusting vocals intertwined throughout. I would say that this could be worth the price of admission for some but considering these tracks have been released on CD, you're better off tracking that down if you're a fan of the band.

Overall this is a good album, but bloody hell, I can't listen to it for the production. If you can look past this you will find a good album but I really can't recommend this.

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