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I've Failed You
(Massacre Records - 2011)
The Canadian all-girl band Kittie is back with I've Failed You, their 6th studio album. And it's the same line-up as on In The Black. They kick off with the title track, a aggressive neo thrash tune. Morgan Lander and her girls offer a more melodic tune with We Are The Lamb, but it's still heavy. Especially the guitars give this one a melodic touch. At Whisper Of Death they present clean vocals and in my opinion this makes the song more interesting. Again it's the melodic guitar play which makes the song more accessible. What Have I Done is slower, almost doomy and due to the clean vocals is showing a different side of Kittie. Partly a bit repetitive... They don't manage to keep the listeners attention, then the song changes and they return to the neo thrash sound - for a bit. A sonic roller coaster ride, but it would have been wise to cut down this one. Then it's time for Empires, a song which is spit in two parts. The first part is presenting acoustic guitar in a folk-ish way and is just a long intro for part 2. For part 2 they speed up again, go full force. A wild aggressive tune with screams and clean vocals. But see yourself!
Songs like Never Come Home combine aggressive riffs, melodic leads with clean vocals. If this is where they are heading for, they make new friends / fans. Even if Morgan Lander's has to work on the melodic vocals..
The opening riff of Ugly make me think of Iced Earth... Its almost like they used some Iced Earth riffing and embedded it in a Kittie track... The closer Time Never Heals is another more melodic tune, even if it doesn't differ a lot from the others, it can shine due to the guitar leads.
It seems that Kittie are changing, but it will take more time - and at least one more album - to see which way they will go. At Come Undone they combine the different sounds and it seems that Kittie is getting more mature. Sure, the songs aren't smash hits and the album is documentation this. I'm not sure, if all their fans will follow their path, but others might discover the Canadian girls.
In The Black
(Massacre Records - 2009)
The Canadian all-girl band Kittie is presenting their 5th album which is called In The Black. The new album introduces the new bass player Ivy Vujic.
Until The End
(Artemis - 2004)
The Canadian girlband got a lot attention with their debut album Spit. On disk and even more live they showed their male colleagues that they can rock. Frontlady Morgan Lander is switching between grunts and melodic choruses. They keep their style, even if new member Lisa Marx add some freshness with her guitar play. In my opinion they don't really fit into a genre. They attract fans from different genres and not just because it's a girlband. Lyrically they write about every day life and their own experiences.
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