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W.A.S.P. - K.F.D. (Kill, F***, Die) CD Review
Submitted By Caroline Walsh on
K.F.D. (KILL f*** DIE)
Released 1997 (Castle)
02. Take The Addiction
03. My Tortured Eyes
05. Kill Your Pretty Face
07. Little Death
09. Wicked Love
Blackie Lawless - lead vocals and guitar
Chris Holmes - lead guitar
Mike Duda - bass and vocals
Stet Howland - drums and vocals
Produced by Blackie Lawless. Engineered and mixed by Mikey David.
Kill f*** Die... What an uplifting title. I've heard another title bounced around for this album was "You Cum Bubble on a Fags Ass." Well, not really but hey, with a title this extreme, a little levity is needed.
Blackie Lawless is a freaking God. Some metal bands have lead singers that claim they are what they are for this reason or that reason and how emotionally damaged they are... Boo f***ing hoo! Blackie is just pure metal to the bone. And a lot of songs on this album really drive home his ability to take pure noise and make it melodic.
Kill f*** Die is not a bad album. But it is different from what Blackie and W.A.S.P. have done in the past. For example, this recording perhaps follows the trend set by White Zombie and Rob Zombie with way too much computer effects in metal. The first thing you hear when this album is put in is a very computer sounding thing that may or may not be a guitar tuned differently... It still has a driving beat as does most W.A.S.P. material but it just has a different feel.
The hooks and the trademark Blackie vocals, however, are still there under the computer sound. And songs like "Kill f*** Die" "Little Death," "Wicked Love," and "U" takes what sounds like complete noise and somehow transfers that noise into something melodic.
Is this album my favorite W.A.S.P. album? No. But, I entered the album with an open mind and was surprised to find I liked some of the songs despite it being a very different sound than what most expect of W.A.S.P. I'm glad they did not stick with the overdone computer sound but I am also glad I got to hear Blackie's voice in a different style. It's good... Not the greatest thing ever, but good. If you can find it, and finding it may be difficult because it is out of print, you might want to buy it just to hear a very different W.A.S.P. - that while very different, stays true to the driving metal that makes them what they are.
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