King's Evil - _Deletion of Humanoise_
(World Chaos Prod., 2002)
by: Alvin Wee (8 out of 10)
Being the Japanese half of criminally underrated Jap-American kings Ritual Carnage, it comes as no surprise that the Yamada brothers churn out equally solid old-school riffage on their Asian debut. It's difficult not to resort to the boring comparisons with Sodom, Destruction and Kreator, but such material leaves reviewers little choice. The band makes no pretensions to originality even in their bio, and it's only the conviction with which this quartet deliver the neck-breaking goods that sets them apart from the hordes of retro-wannabes. Musicianship is stellar, with the Yamadas' twin-guitar assault spewing out bullet-riffs and insane solos with apparent ease, showing the band's capability of crafting headbang-inducing slower passages, only to explode in a deliciously brutal fury when called for. Like labelmates Terror Squad, King's Evil are highly worthy of notice, but are in danger of slipping into obscurity without proper overseas promotion. Overall a very pleasant find in my mailbox, and I'm eagerly looking forward to these boys' next slab of thrashin' mayhem.


(article published 3/7/2002)

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