Karma Machine marks the arrival of the third album by Bay Area metal band Kill Ritual, led by talented lead guitarist Steven Rice. And I just finished reading my review of the previous album Eyes Of Medusa.
Not to talk the easy way out or be unnecessarily redundant, but I could say the very same thing about the new album as the last. The roots of Kill Ritual are definitely in Rice's Bay Area thrash roots, not the least from his former band Imagika. So then there's an abundance of intense, brisk and frisky, riffs delivered by a quick and deliberate rhythm section. Yet, as said in the past, these are buffeted by the melodic lines of traditional American heavy power metal.Of course, while all this is going on Rice is both amazing you and frying your brain with his blistering and abundant guitar leads. But Kill Ritual is generally and essentially, if not by necessity, steady to fast and heavy. Yet, there's one exception. It comes with the song The Key, which starts slowly, with voice over light electric guitar and drums. But, fear not, it erupts just before the midpoint for another thrash power metal extravaganza. Yeah. Okay. So I did just repeat myself from last time. But I did use some different words. If you liked Kill Ritual's previous material, you'll dig this too. Up the irons.
If you liked Kill Ritual's previous material, you'll dig this too: lots of thrash metal driven American power metal, not without melody, and loaded with Steven Rice riffs and guitar solos. Up the irons.
In the early Eighties, one of the first American metal bands that caught my interest was New York's Riot, founded by guitarist Mark Reale (1955-2012). Albums like Narita and Fire Down Under were classics of ... [ Read More ]