Deception Betrayal Revenge
8/29/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Killing Spree - Deception Betrayal Revenge - 2005 - What's My Cut Production
Bassist and lead vocalist Eric Hansen along with drummer Mike Taylor toured the 90s with their band Fifty Lashes. Since then the band have teamed up with guitarist James Murray to create the ultimate three piece. Killing Spree was unveiled in 2004 with the EP "Motive". Now the band have finished their first full length record in "Deception Betrayal Revenge", and as I mentioned earlier fans of the old "leatherneck" persona will eat up this thrashing, rampage sound. At times bands like Megadeth come to mind, but really this one plays with more reckless abandonment, more on par with the caught in a mosh sounds of Anthrax and Overkill. This isn't commercial thrash by any means, and with cuts like "King Of Sand" and "Infection", they prove it.
Guitarist James Murray gives the amps a workout here, really on a rampage with his speedy, quick chops and breathtaking solos. Vocalist Eric Hansen plays the high pitched madman, hitting a few highs like early Flotsam & Jetsam mainman Eric A.K. but still staying with a rigid, top notch mid-range for the majority of the record. Tracks like "Devilution", "Disgrace", and "Going Nowhere" are just speed racers to the end, rarely letting up for a free second. Other cuts combine on some more groovy moments, evident on "Killing Spree" and "The Cleansing". The band go a bit experimental on rocky "Big Bang".
Bottom Line - Unbelievable thrash record that rivals the bigger releases by the likes of "thrash legends" like Exodus and The Haunted. A must hear!
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