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IN FOR THE KILL!

Budgie

 

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Jazzywoman
5 stars While this album may be considered a let down after their all-time greatest, the album is still a masterpiece of proto-metal and proto-progressive metal. When listening to some of the tracks, one cannot help but think of pure heavy metal and increasingly disturbing lyrics and song names. A turely unique killing spree.

1.In for the Kill - The title track of a turely astounding album is nothing short of a classic. The instrumentation from bassist and vocalist Burke Shelley is excellent, as he rolls out beautiuly heavy basslines and heavy vocal lines to kill, guitarist Tony Bourge, who puts excellent riffing with each other, and Pete Boot, who keeps the rhythm steady and interesting. The slight changes from heavy sludge is acid phaser is excellent, as the trio keeps the prime meat roasting, more or so, exploding. A song of the century. (10/10)

2.Crash Course in Brain Surgurey - Even after the heaviness of the first track, there is still more metal in this shorter, albiet more concise, sludge metal track. The banshee wail of Shelley is perfect for the nonsense lyrics throughout the song. Bourge's guitar riff is perfect for this energetic song, showing is extreme talent in this newer genre (at the time). Turely a masterpiece in all respect. (10/10)

3.Wondering What Everybody Knows - After the heaviness that was in the first two tracks, it is kind of needed for a breather. The song isn't great though, as it's too Beatle-esque to be a turely unique song. The uneeded extra instruments and vocal harmonies are actually working to the advantage, as to cover up the bore the band was going through in the studio. (7/10)

4.Zoom Club - An extremely catchy and irresistable track, this one is the longest and simplest of the bunch. Bourge seems to stick to one true and bluesy riff that works for the whole song, as the rest of band seems to get with it quick, and the pull out one of the best jams in their history. Heavy phaser on Bourges guitar is definatly needed for this long trip, and steady beats and bottom end blasts of Shelley and Boot are definatly needed for this slightly dark and heavy track. (10/10)

5.Hammer and Tongs - Another top cut from the album, though seemingly insignificant after the previous track. The song is very pyschedelic, in nature, as the slow and moving guitar that creeps upon is always present in the intro. The slow and blues rooted sections of the song are definatly Zeppelinized to say the least, but always have a Budgie taste on things because of their use of heavy bass guitars and bottom - ended guitar playing. Vocals from Shelley are awesome, but the lyrics are what to expect from Zeppelin as well. All in all, some essential listening is here, even if some energy and original inspiration is lost. (8.5/10)

6.Running From my Soul - This track brings me back to previous albums; in a great way. The old blues and steady beat is much more interesting than the previous track, yet it ends way to soon. The bass playing from Shelley is some of his best, and along with Boot and Bourge, make for the most interesting of listens. Bourge adds some of his best guitar solos and riffs, even rivaling that of Black Sabbath mastermind Tony Iomi. Another interesting blues segment, a bit more interesting than the previous track though. (9/10)

7.Living on Your Own - As the usual Budgie fashion, the band releases a proggish epic that is a workout in intensity and though; this is no different. The guitar riffing is only rivaled by Shelley's amazing bass playing, which is especially thick and hard-hitting on this song. The contrasts in the song are perfection, as the electric of the verses are augmented by soothing and very beautiful chorus's that only make the song better. A classic song from the Budgie catalog. (10/10)

The album has been critized for being too unorginal, from some of the other reviews I have found on various sites, and I totally disagree. Budige's tracks are totally new and fresh to the ears, even ahead of their time. The world was just too behind to notice who amazing they were back in the day. A 5 stars for this awesome effort. Unfortunatly, this is the last album that would be ranked so highly, as the band would go through more changes and more disagreements.

Jazzywoman | 5/5 |

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