Released: 2011, Hammerfist Records
Reviewer: Robert Williams
New York City's Speed Kill Hate the side project of Overkill guitarist Dave Linsk, have just released their new album OUT FOR BLOOD via Hammerfist Records. Formed in 2002, the band have one previous full length released back in 2004 to their credit.
OUT FOR BLOOD opens with the speedy, all out thrashing metalcore assault of "No Remorse". A barrage of double kick drums, whammy bar noodling and harsh, throaty shouts greets the listener with an adrenaline rush of aggression. As per the case with the metalcore genre, a successful release is dependent upon the tightness of the rhythm section and drummer Tony Ochoa and bassist Dave Bizzigotti lock in perfect synchronicity with the tightly constructed rhythm guitar parts of guitarist Dave Linsk. "Breeding Hate" leaves it's mark with some catchy thrash metal riffery and stellar soloing from Linsk. "Behind The Mask" further demonstrates the heavily syncopated dead on delivery of drummer Tony Ochoa who sounds absolutely un-human and masterful on his performance therein. Vocalist Bob Barnak's delivery really works on this track, perhaps by slowing down the tempo a bit, Bob's individuality as a frontman is showcased better than the band's standard million miles a minute wares.
"Slain" picks up the pace with yet another neck breaking, circle pit inducing slab of thrash metal extremity. At times I forget that there is only one guitarist in Speed Kill Hate, when the band is unloading at full capacity, the end result is monstrous to say the least. "Stains of Callous" has some great accented ride cymbal, flawlessly and effortlessly shifting double kick progressions into dirty skank beats. You can also expect some more serious shredding from Dave Linsk on this number. "The Cleansing" is the most pissed off, out of control, motherfucker of a track to be found on OUT FOR BLOOD and fittingly closes out the disc. The band of New York City thrashers bring their "A" Game to the table on this number, firing on all cylinders and sounding impervious to pain and true to form, out for blood.
A solid second effort by Speed Kill Hate, sure to please fans of the band's first album and possibly holding cross over appeal for fans of Overkill alike. The production and performances are crystal clear and devastating and you can definitely consider this record as a statement by Speed Kill Hate that they have come to kick your ass and deliver an onslaught of ass kicking, head banging, sonic annihilation. Good stuff.