Released: 2006, Scarlet Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
“No boundries and no limits... and that goes for everything” is this band’s motto, and it pretty much sums up the sophomore album by Kayser with the familiar lead singer Spice (ex- Spiritual Beggars). Kayser’s music has nothing in common with Spiritual Beggars. Kayers plays technical and furious thrash metal with a hint of stoner rock in the middle that fits together very well with Spice’s unique vocals.
This album is simply a hard punch in the face and you can’t but love this aggressive and wonderful second album. Just like on the debut, the band recorded at Caesar Studio in Sweden with producer Richard Caesar. The production is everything you would wish for when it comes to an act as aggressive as Kayser. The main focus is put on the lead vocals along with some really heavy riffing guitars which feel solid.
This excellent experience offers 12 songs to the listeners. All the songs are run through at an insane tempo and for once it feels like an album is too short. I want to hear more, and that alone ought to earn the album a high rating. I have played the album a bunch of times and it gets better and better every single time. There’s no question that this album is going to last for a long time. The tempo is set from the start by the first track titled “The Cake” which tells us right away that this is going to be a pleasent ride and a stunning 50 minutes. The songs “Lost in the Mud”, “Not Dead... Yet”, “Cheap Glue”, “A Note from Your Wicked”, “Born Into This”, and “Jake” follow that path and are all forceful songs with wicked grooves.
I wrote earlier that the album also has a bit of a stoner twist. The songs that represent that element are “Evolution”, “Absence”, “Turn To Grey”, and “Everlasting”. It’s easy to hear similarities with Spiritual Beggars now and then, and a few of them pump out Megadeth-like guitar riffs. After that we have the instrumental track “Fall” which is a great way to catch your breath for a moment. I can’t possibly pick any favorite track out of the album, so I congratulate Kayser on a wonderful and solid ass-kicking masterpiece which is a wonderful way to begin the New Year. The only minor negative thing is the absence of really strong choruses, but that’s only a minor gripe.
I’d guess that all fans of both Kayser and Spice are going to buy this album and I hope all thrashers out there also give Kayser a chance. I can’t imagine that you’d regret it. I played with the thought of giving the album the highest rating, but stopped when I realized that they are possibly going to make an even better album in the future. If the next album is anywhere near as strong as this I’m sure as hell that I’m going to give it a jackpot.