Driller Killer - _Fuck the World_
(Kron-H, 1997)
by: Henry Akeley (8 out of 10)
Another great signing for Kron-H. These guys may have kind of a silly name and a ridiculous album cover, but musically they are no joke, and _FtW_ is, hands down, the most skull-cracking release I've heard so far this year. It's down-tuned, riff-mongering metal-core - but with the emphasis firmly on the metal element, where it belongs. With the kind of thickness and weight you'd expect from a death metal band, this stuff hits you right in the gut, a steely alloy of catchiness, heaviness, and utter sonic might. Thirty-two minutes gives you sixteen unpretentious, energetic, riff-propelled songs, short on complexity but long on drive, and loaded with pummelling grooves and pounding choruses. Resistance is futile. This is the musical equivalent of a twenty-ton tank looking to mow you down; chugging monsters like "Freeman", "Hellcome", and the rabid "I Couldn't Care Less" are proof. The CD's production is simply excellent: Andy's guitar sound is titanic, and it fits perfectly into a clear, muscular mix which nicely balances all the instruments with Cliff's great, deep-but-not-quite-death-metal vocals. This is one of those records that just makes it seem like the vast majority of the bands that claim to be really "hard" or "brutal" these days are either pathetically self-deluded or totally full of crap (or both). This, in other words, is the shit. An awesome release.

(article published 13/5/1997)

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