KILLING THEORY


"Dead. Buried. Forgotten" (TribunaI; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Killing Theory, hailing from California, is a metalcore band that sounds like it is from the East Coast. What that means is that Killing Theory sounds more like their East Coast counterparts as their technical skills and overwhelming chops is less like the punk and hardcore sound that West Coast bands of this ilk tend to favor.

"Dead. Buried. Forgotten." is basically an EP with five tracks clocking in at just over twenty minutes. And, let me tell you, it's a brutal twenty minutes. To my ears, Killing Theory comes across more like a grindcore band trying to mix in the hardcore and metalcore styles. The lyrics are full of hatred and spite sounds like these guys have been on the wrong end of the stick a few times too many. You'll appreciate the lyric sheet as it is difficult to make out the venomous words the first few times you hear the songs on "Dead. Buried. Forgotten." The best track in my opinion is "Burial Of Your Absentee Landlord" because it is compact, brutally harsh, and has some pretty neat breakdown riffs at the end (not to mention it's one hell of a title, too).

Killing Theory's "Dead. Buried. Forgotten." is a relentless attack and if you're into that sort of thing you can't really go wrong with this disc. It really doesn't do much for me except that I know I'll be listening to it after I've had a bad day.

"Dead. Buried. Forgotten." was produced by Rollie Ulug.

Killing Theory: John Nguyen on vocals, Coby Thompson and Fred Ebancol on guitars, Chris Leideritz on bass, and Danny Ruffion on drums.

For more information visit http://www.killingtheory.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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