Driller Killer - _Reality Bites_
(Osmose, 1998)
by: Paul Schwarz (8 out of 10)
Those crust merchants whose debut album was unsubtlely, but appropriately, titled _Fuck the World_, return with this 40 minute ordeal of aural battery. The album does not strike me as being original, but, on the other hand, punk, and even pure thrash, I suppose, is not about musicianship and innovation -- it's about nailing a groove, turning up and rocking the fuck out. Driller Killer have no problems as far as this goes. "Scream Suffer Die" is a great opener and "God Forgives", "The Scum That Rules" and "Where the Sun Never Shines" also stand out as particular highlights of what is a pretty consistent album. The band utilize some nice solos and bit of harmony and melody, but for the most part it's the simple, thrashing punk riffs that dominate. Occasional blast beats show themselves, but this band's attitude and feel is firmly rooted in punk before it goes nuts and becomes grind. Add an uncredited fifteenth track which comprises a half hour live performance and you not only have quality but also quantity on offer. That, to me, seems like a pretty damn enticing combination.

(article published 16/1/1999)


ALBUMS
3/13/2001 K Buchanan 7 Driller Killer - And the Winner Is...
5/13/1997 S Hoeltzel 8 Driller Killer - Fuck the World
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