D.R.I.
Crossover


5.0
classic

Review

by CommunistConrad USER (3 Reviews)
August 6th, 2016 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: HOOKED!

What is it that separates thrash metal from mere speed metal?

2 words: hardcore punk.

That's the actual element that separates a Slayer from an Agent Steel. Listen to Kill 'em All and you will hear as much Discharge as Diamond Head. Overkill worshipped the Dead Boys as much as they did Black Sabbath. It is in this attitude inherited from punk that thrash metal became its own beast. Basically thrash metallers are metalheads who also jammed Misfits, compared to speed metallers who just wanted to play Priest and Maiden really, really fast. Of course, there is another side to this equation.

Enter a band of imbeciles both dirty and rotten.

D.R.I. before Crossover were a hardcore band, but not just any hardcore band, they were one of the fastest and hardest of hardcore of their time, on par with bands like Siege and Negative Approach in terms of speed. The Dirty Rotten EP/LP/CD/whatever-they-released-it-in-on and Dealing With It! are ripping hardcore releases, and showcase this first era of the band very well. The band would find fans not only in punk but also metal, with everyone from Slayer to Kreator citing them as reason to keep pushing the envelope in speed and heaviness. It is quite obvious that the feeling was mutual, as this album proves. In Crossover, D.R.I. go all out with the thrash, bringing slightly longer songs and Slayer riffs along to combine with their trademark snotty hardcore. D.R.I. were hardly the only band to go thrash metal, as many hardcore punk bands who jammed Celtic Frost one too many times whether in California, New York or wherever were also inevitably evolving from increasingly metallic hardcore into what became known as crossover (coined by, guess who, this very band!), but they were definitely one of the leading lights of the movement. This album wasn't released on Metal Blade for nothing.

Of course, none of this history class would matter if the music didn't rule. And holy *** does it rule.

The Five Year Plan? Tear It Down? ***ing Hooked? If you're looking for straight up, no bull*** jams to thrash really goddamn hard to, this album delivers in spades. There really isn't anything else to say about this other than it rules. Hard. And really that's what matters at the end of the day. From longer, more elaborate riff-fests to compact, wild hardcore jams, this album has all your slamming needs met. The attitude of vocalist Kurt Brecht remains as entertaining as ever, and Spike Cassidy brings the thrash with every riff he plays. Listen to the opening riff to Hooked, if that *** doesn't make you lose your mind and start moshing and thrashing all over your desk you're not thrash enough and deserve to have all your metal confiscated for life and be forced to listen to Periphery forever.


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CommunistConrad
August 6th 2016


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How did this not have a review before? So I decided to give it a go. First review, pls help me improve.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2016


7568 Comments


Great review, I would pos if I could, but my Windows phone says otherwise.

Keep writing!

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Rastapunk
August 6th 2016


1275 Comments


Hell yeah posd!

sonictheplumber
August 6th 2016


8478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet

sonictheplumber
August 6th 2016


8478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like your style

sonictheplumber
August 6th 2016


8478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i have a t shirt of this record

KILL
August 6th 2016


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

best album i've ever heard

sonictheplumber
August 6th 2016


8478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

strange timing welcome back

KILL
August 6th 2016


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i got my internet back dude

sonictheplumber
August 6th 2016


8478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn

CaimanJesus
August 6th 2016


2771 Comments


Fuck yeah this finally got reviewed

adr
August 6th 2016


11706 Comments


only heard Dirty Rotten and it wasn't that great

KILL
August 6th 2016


80846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

man up

BigPleb
August 6th 2016


51118 Comments


Tasty stuff

sonictheplumber
August 6th 2016


8478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4 of a kind

TheSonomaDude
August 7th 2016


5454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This finally gets a review

Rastapunk
August 7th 2016


1275 Comments


Dirty Rotten is fucking awesome too! More Punk though.

Rastapunk
August 7th 2016


1275 Comments


Nevermind I was thinking of Dealing With It

AdolfChrist
August 7th 2016


12175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ha, i just jammed this today. surprised this didnt already have a review.

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Davil667
August 7th 2016


2747 Comments


Very good and entertaining read, pos'd. Album rules pretty hard for sure.



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