"Supporting Continual Improvement" (Kontsha Productions

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

In the vein of technical metal (a la Meshuggah), death metal, and Strapping Young Lad's twisted aggression Kaizen play a dynamic form of music that liberally borrows from many genres. These French metallers are a breath of fresh air and "Supporting Continual Improvement" has positioned Kaizen as a band to watch.

"Supporting Continual Improvement" is a five-song demo that features four new tracks and one re-recorded track from their original demo. In addition to the stylistic similarities mentioned before, Kaizen have a bit of the Faith No More 'let's surprise you with a quick stylistic change here and there' and a touch of grindcore to keep things interesting at all turns. "Supporting Continual Improvement" easily shows that Kaizen are a band with a lot of promise. It will be interesting to hear the debut full-length CD from Kaizen which is due in Fall 2002 with a tentative working title of "Clear The Path."

Fans of Candiria, Meshuggah, Dying Fetus, and Shadows Fall will all find something to appreciate in Kaizen's blend of aggression and technicality.

"Supporting Continual Improvement" was produced by Alexis Phelipot. The production is very good for what is basically an independent release.

Kaizen is Johann Porcher on vocals, Sebastien Dijoux and Julien Maurel on guitars, Luc Baghadoust on bass, and Laurent Caradec on drums.

For more information visit http://www.kaizen-utd.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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