Florida’s Killing Addiction have returned with a monstrous 4 track offering entitled “Shores Of Oblivion”, which could be one of the best recordings of the bands career. This is the first material I have heard from the band since the godly “Omega Factor” back in 1993, and I must say that the material and feel of Killing Addiction’s music has grown by leaps and bounds since that release. While staying true to the blueprint of traditional death metal, the band has decided to become somewhat more “technical” in the solo department as well as the overall construction of their material.
The production on this release really stands out and brings all of the elements together to a precise point of metallic bliss that could definitely stand the test of time against bands like Sinister, Malevolent Creation, Jungle Rot, Grave, Deicide, Vital Remains, and other bands such as these. It seems as if Killing Addiction draw on a lot of influences and vibes from these bands throughout the duration of these 4 tracks. The riffs, while not all that polished, come across clear and actually blur the lines between death/thrash and I am going to go out on a limb and say progressive but only in terms of how the material is presented. The brutality is still there, it just seems that the band takes the “long way around” in regards to the brutality of their music. Just as soon as you listen to older material and this offering, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Pat Bailey’s varying vocal patterns on this EP are seemingly chosen with care and placed for maximum effect, and with those varying patterns comes an extra push into new depths of awesomeness and brutality. The low growls have not really changed from what I have heard in the past, and there is a unique delivery in his mid-range vocals that really fits where the band is at right now. Now, as far as the drum work goes, Chris York is a beast. I really like his style and he is extremely traditional in his delivery. His talent and ability on this effort is fluent as any drummer can be playing this style of metal. I would rate him right up there with drummers like Steve Asheim from Deicide, Alex Marquez from Solstice, and Pete Sandoval from Morbid Angel.
Killing Addiction have been around for years and the fact that they are still going strong really says something for their love for this genre as well as their dedication to it. Their origins date all the way back to 1989 and they only have 7 releases. That also says to me that they aren’t just going to do something half-assed and release it just to have something out. No, they are going to take their time with their music and release something that is high quality. Killing Addiction is not going to release anything that is sub-standard. You can tell from these 4 tracks that they have too much respect for death metal than that. Just as the band dedicated this EP to the memory of Chad Baily 1969-2016, I would like to dedicate this review to his memory in the same manner. There is no doubt in my mind that he would approve of what the band has done here!