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Addictive
Kick 'Em Hard
Type: CD
Company: Divebomb
Release: 2014
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 9/1/2014
Compilation of late 80's and 90's thrash
Greensboro, North Carolina label Tribunal Records have re-released a multitude of rare albums over the years through their Divebomb subsidiary. ‘Kick ‘Em Hard’ is a package featuring the recorded works of Australia’s Addictive. The speed metal band released their debut, ‘Pity of Man’, in 1989. The album catered to fans of early Metallica, Laaz Rockit, and Testament. The group’s ’93 sophomore effort, ‘Kick ‘Em Hard’, was originally lost, delayed and subsequently abandoned. By this stagnant period of the 90s no one really cared to go looking for it. Both of these records have been out of print for twenty years, but thanks to Divebomb they finally see a proper release again. Both albums are re-mastered into a nice fan package including band biography, photos and an interview. Also included are bonus tracks for both albums and the 1988 demo tape, ‘Ward 74’.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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