Dry Kill Logic
Of Vengeance and Violence


3.5
great

Review

by Matthew "Axl" Peck USER (5 Reviews)
December 12th, 2007 | 21 replies | 7,369 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Though shoved in the same nu-metal corner as bands like Mudvayne and Slipknot, the band once again proves themselves as anything but. Perhaps Dry Kill Logic has finally gained some respect in the metal community.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

For a band that has had so little attention, so many ups and downs, so many problems with labels and distribution, so many lineup changes...Dry Kill Logic is one of those bands that refuses to die. Not only that, but despite having blatantly put themselves in the now-hated nu-metal category with thier first couple of releases, the band refused to die with the genre and adapted, maturing beautifully into a respectable modern metal/hard rock entity, with solos, thrashier riffing, more intense lyricism, and far better production. This was first evident on the prior album, The Dead and Dreaming, but finally came fully to fruition with Of Vengeance and Violence, the thrashiest, heaviest, most respectable album from the band to date.

After the oh-so-typical filler intro track, the listener automatically thinks "here we go again" with the generic crap. However, although the musical style of what's to come isn't necessarily groundbreaking, it is certainly a breath of fresh air, and in the case of the first couple of songs, a slap in the face with heaviness. Perhaps the best songs on the album"My Dying Heart" and "4039", open this unrelenting CD, exhibiting a thrashiness and energy never thought possible from Dry Kill Logic. Indeed, the audio assualt does not stop until "Kingdom of the Blind", the eighth track and first melodic approach to the album. It is a nice changeup, with a notably catchy, albeit typical guitar riff during the prechorus. The assault returns, however, with an unusually intense "Dead Man's Eyes".

The only disappointment is that after that, the last couple of hard tracks revert a bit to typical nu metal, melody-fused-with-thrash type offerings more typical of earlier Dry Kill Logic, and are a rather uninteresting listen. I honestly cannot say too much more though, because the intensity of this album in relation to previous work is astounding enough to make up for it.

Lastly, in true Dry Kill Logic fashion, the album ends same as the others, with a beautiful acoustic. "In Memoria Di" captures a more emotional, softer side of the band, with drummer Phil Arcuri also playing guitar for the track. I thoroughly enjoy the DKL acoustics; they show a huge dynamic that most people don't realize the band posseses.

On a side note, this album is also a testament to vocalist Cliff Rigano's development as a producer/engineer. Typically self-producing bands are far too biased and cannot perform producer or engineer duties with an open mind and fresh ears; Cliff, however has grown tremendously and is able to do that. The production of the album is very clean, unlike the slight muddiness heard on The Darker Side of Nonsense or The Dead and Dreaming.


Overall, a surprisingly energetic and heavy release from an incredibly underrated band.


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Wizard
December 12th 2007



19210 Comments


Another nice, concise review. Damn your good for a beginner! I really enjoyed one of their older albums (something with 'Spoon' in the title I believe). This sounds far more interesting though, considering my nu-metal days are long gone.

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Pluh
December 13th 2007



579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've had this cd since it came out and really enjoyed it a lot. my favorites are pretty much the ones you mentioned: My Dying Heart, 4039, Kingdom of the Blind, and In Memoria Di. i also love their acoustic endings for their albums, In Memoria Di and No Reason (from The Dead and Dreaming) are amazing/ beautiful songs by them. very nice choice for a review, i've been hoping someone would have eventually done this, so good stuff man.

ninjuice
December 13th 2007



6759 Comments


A newb is already reviewing better than me and in less space...
I hate you.
Just kidding. Good review, I voted, and if this band sounds similar to Demon Hunter I'll have to check em out

Digging: Robin Skouteris - The King of ArtPOP

rasputin
December 13th 2007



14516 Comments


You have a great style of writing, short and straight to the point. Keep it up. Voted, but this album doesn't look like it will interest me.

Confessed2005
December 13th 2007



3314 Comments


I had some of their old material on my computer a while back. It was fun stuff so I may look into this.

Sciroccu
February 14th 2008



750 Comments


I really enjoyed the darker side of nonsense and i didn't like the dead and the dreaming. According to your review i don't think that this one can interest me.

GodThatYouDesire
February 18th 2008



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great album. I don't know any of their older stuff so i'm only going on this one but a friend suggested it and I pop it in the player all the time.

I love the energy and the lyrics. They are underrated for sure. Unbelievably so in fact. They don't even have a label and can't tour as of yet but I'm awaiting that day.

The guitars aren't insane by any means but still kick ass. It's definitely in my top 3 for the last couple of years along with The Blackening from Machine Head and Blackbird by Alter Bridge. Buy the album and help support these guys!

skullcrusher149
March 2nd 2008



560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a really good CD; might become a 4.5 soon

beans
March 4th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really enjoy this album and thier other one, 'the dead and dreaming', although i havnt heard anything before that
i was thinking of reviewing the dead and dreaming

but anyway, good review man

MonorailCat
June 25th 2008



118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is my favorite album by them. Great review.

MisterBeefy
March 5th 2009



244 Comments


It really is too bad that this band is so underated, I mean there amazing

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I agree fucking amazing

Phantom
September 21st 2009



8930 Comments


ya man, these guyz rawk

m/ ^_^ m/

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm going to go insane waiting for DKL to drop a new album

Phantom
September 21st 2009



8930 Comments


i might just EXPLODE

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Maybe I'll combust from boredom

Burn2Burn
November 20th 2009



2378 Comments


Kingdom of the Blind = win

Emim
January 21st 2010



26482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm really liking this.

metallicass
December 29th 2011



28 Comments


may check this out, im feeling some kind of similar progression to dope here.

wsxijn
April 25th 2012



30 Comments


Recommended Tracks
My Dying Heart
4039
Caught in the Storm
Kingdom of the Blind



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