D.R.I.
Thrash Zone


4.0
excellent

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
June 6th, 2008 | 73 replies | 9,948 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who knew that D.R.I. could put out quality stuff as a thrash group?

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

D.R.I, also known as Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, started off their career as a hardcore punk group, similar to the Circle Jerks and Black Flag. After the group began to listening to groups like Metallica and Slayer, the band changed its style on the 1987 album Crossover, and with this album they coined the name of a new genre called "crossover thrash", which was a cross between hardcore punk and thrash metal. Once D.R.I. did this, many other bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity did this as well. After the release of Crossover, D.R.I. changed their style to an all-thrash sound. The result is 1989's Thrash Zone.

Thrash Zone is an often overlooked album in D.R.I.'s discography. Many only acknowledge the band's first three albums and dismiss everything else as garbage, yet that is far from the truth. Thrash Zone is a very impressive album. One thing you will find out from the very start of the album is that this album is fast. Really fast. The opener, Thrashard, begins with a crushing riff, and then it all starts. Ferocious drumming, speedy guitars, and gruffy vocals are all phrases that can describe Thrashard. The song is about the band going to a gig and the crowd moshing it up. After the first verse, things slow down, and a new riff starts. This is one of the things I like about Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. Many of their songs have a ton of riffs. The song will start off at a million beats per minute, and then out of nowhere, it will slow down drastically, and nearly as soon as it slowed down, it will pick up speed. Thrashard also has some great lyrics, about the effects of moshing. It's fun while you're doing it, and it hurts like hell, but you don't notice the pain until the next day. I always laugh when Kurt Brecht shouts out in his incredibly rough voice that members of the crowd are acting like an "indian from outer space drunk and high on weed.".

One of the things I like about D.R.I. has to Kurt Brecht's voice. On earlier albums, he sounded like a punk version of Tom Araya, but on Thrash Zone, he sounds like Tom Araya. I don't know why I like the man's vocals so much. However, he is different from Tom Araya enough to have a unique voice. Also, Spike Cassidy is a very underrated guitarist, like many other thrash guitarists like Gary Holt from Exodus and the guitarists from Testament. His riffs are so good that he could crush someone's bones with them. Also, his solos are pretty nifty too.

D.R.I. have some of the stupidest lyrics known to man, but I love them. The lyrics are best on songs like the aforementioned Thrashard, You Say I'm Scum, Labelled Uncurable, The Trade, and Abduction. You Say I'm Scum is a song about metalheads and skaters, Labelled Uncurable is about AIDS ("I shouldn't have scored that chick!"), The Trade is about rockstars, and Abduction is about the abduction of children. Many of the songs on Thrash Zone have awful lyrics, but they're so funny that you gotta love 'em.

I'd say the only negative aspects of Thrash Zone is that some of the tracks tend to run together a bit. Fourteen songs is a bit much for a thrash metal album, and some songs like Strategy and Give A Hoot just get too boring to be enjoyable, and because of this and flatout bad lyrics, the songs just aren't worth listening to. Also, while the riffs are pretty sweet, they tend to sound alike sometimes. But the whole genre of thrash sounds alike, so that's forgivable.

D.R.I.'s fifth album Thrash Zone is an impressive album. Although there are way better thrash albums out there, this one's worth picking up if you're a fan of the genre. Listening to dead-serious thrash can get old after awhile, so that's why I resort to bands like Exodus and especially D.R.I. It's obvious that they probably don't take themselves too seriously, and that's one of the best things about the band. Because of stupid (yet brilliant) lyrics, superb guitarwork, and other things, D.R.I.'s Thrash Zone is definitely worth a listen.

Best of the Best:
Thrashard
Abduction
You Say I'm Scum
The Trade
Labelled Uncurable



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Comments:Add a Comment 
south_of_heaven 11
June 6th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is so much fun.

slep
June 6th 2008



1604 Comments


I personally prefer punk D.R.I., but this is still solid.

south_of_heaven 11
June 6th 2008



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

123
Though I still enjoy this a good deal.

combustion07
June 6th 2008



5334 Comments


Favorite punk band, also an awesome thrash band.

SHOOTME
June 6th 2008



2393 Comments


2 reviews in one day, still this is very nicely done.

SHOOTME
June 7th 2008



2393 Comments


Congrads bro.

ZombieMetalhead
September 24th 2008



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album...the whole album rules!

endofus
May 7th 2009



4 Comments


DRI is a great metal band. They are catchy, with brutal riffs. The wierd thing about these guys is that it is very good, even the first listen. But is wears off fast and this guys are easy to get tired of.

Very awsome metal, but easy to grow tired of in a hurry. I can't explain it. Thy have a great singer, great songs, great riffs, lyrics are ok. Everything is there, but it simply gets old pretty fast. I can't explain it.

combustion07
March 25th 2010



5334 Comments


I GIVE A HOOT BUT I STILL POLL-UTE, I DUNNO WHATS THE MATTER WITH MEEE!

ov420
March 25th 2010



300 Comments


fuckin righttttts m/

Leviathan8937
June 20th 2011



264 Comments


It's very funny ,reminds me some works that have made suicidal tendencies before

Psychopathologist
June 20th 2011



1924 Comments


not a big fan of grammar huh

Psychopathologist
June 20th 2011



1924 Comments


also, this album aint fast lol

FadeToBlack
June 20th 2011



10913 Comments


yerp but its good

Psychopathologist
June 20th 2011



1924 Comments


its cool but it doesnt touch Crossover imo

FadeToBlack
June 20th 2011



10913 Comments


ikr

TheNotrap
August 8th 2011



7981 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Cool crossover stuff. Kill the Words is one of the best songs here.

KILL
October 14th 2011



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best album of 89

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

BigHans
October 14th 2011



26455 Comments


whoa KILL thrashing hard today

KILL
October 14th 2011



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

right god damn now



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