D.R.I.
4 of a Kind


4.0
excellent

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2008 | 39 replies | 8,072 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DRI went from punk to thrash, and it turned out good.

DRI, also known as Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, never got a mainstream audience, and if they ever record another album, they'll still never reach major success. But during the 80's, these crossover-thrash underground legends released a slew of fast and heavy albums. One of my favorite DRI albums is their fourth release, 4 of a Kind, which is their first true thrash release.

DRI, like Anthrax, are not to be taken too seriously. They have some rather humorous songs, especially on their punk rock albums. Couch Slouch, anyone? Most thrash is serious business, like Slayer, but the humor is still here on 4 of a Kind. Songs like Shut Up are perfect examples of a how a band can be BRUTAL METAL and still have a sense of humor.

The things that make DRI such a good band are their lyrics, speed, and catchiness. All of their songs are fast, thrashy, and catchy. They may not be the best musicians in the world, but they can still play. Felix Griffin is a pretty generic thrash drummer, but Spike Cassidy, the guitarist/songwriter, has a good style of playing. The bass just goes along with the guitar and is barely audible except on certain parts of certain songs, like the opener, All For Nothing.

The vocalist, Kurt Brecht, has a decent voice for a thrash vocalist. I've never held my standards too high for thrash singers though. Although his voice is more suited for the earlier punk rock songs of DRI, I still think it goes fine with this type of music. Other thrash singers like James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine were much better though.

DRI's 4 of a Kind is a pretty good album. Although previous albums such as Dealing With It and Crossover are better, 4 of a Kind is speedy, catchy, and just a fun listen in general. Most of the bands that crossed from punk to metal were better as a punk band, and this is so for Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, but even as a thrash metal band, these guys are still a fun band. If you like cynical and sarcastic lyrics, moderately fast riffs, and more, then pick up Dirty Rotten Imbeciles' 4 of a Kind.

Songs That Rule:
All For Nothing
Manifest Destiny
Slumlord
Suit and Tie Guy
Man Unkind



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rattlehead42147
February 22nd 2008



1345 Comments


props for even knowing of this band.

Eliminator
February 22nd 2008



2067 Comments


yeah, they're pretty obscure.

Aficionado
February 22nd 2008



1027 Comments


this is serious business
this band bores me quite a bit.

combustion07
February 22nd 2008



5343 Comments


I like them.

rattlehead42147
February 22nd 2008



1345 Comments


yeah, they're pretty obscure.

That's not what I was trying to say funny guy. It's just that everyone's pretty much forgot about them. Compared to the bigger crossover thrash acts like SOD.

Eliminator
February 22nd 2008



2067 Comments


um what DRI are definitely one of the most well known 80s crossover bands.

south_of_heaven 11
February 22nd 2008



5433 Comments


Yeah Elim's right. Never did really get into D.R.I. though, always like S.O.D. a helluva lot more.

robonguitar
February 23rd 2008



54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is quite a hard album to get over here. Thrash Zone is also getting harder to find.

KILL
May 3rd 2011



71193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thrashing hard

what happened to rattlehead

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, I had no idea Sonic joined before I did.

KILL
May 3rd 2011



71193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude sonics part of the famous thrash 06 club

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude.

KILL
May 3rd 2011



71193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it was me sonic grant and mm8 or i think he joined before

but no one knew me then cos i only listened to metallica and nirvana

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fenderusa4lyfe

KILL
May 3rd 2011



71193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

true but he was the metallica fanboy guy of the site he knew how to thrash to whiplash but he preferred songs like of wolf and man which is kinda lame

BENEATH THE WHEEL

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still like the Black Album, so whatevs.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Except with Ride the Lightning.

KILL
May 3rd 2011



71193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they both rule so hard

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fists

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

clown posse



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