ROADRACER RECORDS 1992
I scooped up this album with the ghastly underwhelming "Scourge." I can sort of see where Xentrix would begin to think such a transition from thrash metal to the Machine Head imitations of their 1996 album would be a good idea. "Kin" is still pretty much heavy metal with some thrash sprinkles, but really the nine tracks on here are pretty much tired scraps of a genre going down the toilet. So little of substantive value here despite a sometimes convincing vocal performance out of Chris Astley.
"All Bleed Red" is about thrash as you'll find on here, and the only one worth keeping in my book. I do like how the band threw in a few different genres here, going for that "diversified" stance that many 90's bands had at this point in time. "See Through You" is basically the doom metal cub scouts, it resembles the genre well enough but it doesn't actually give me what I need to make it good. Not much atmopshere to the song, and its not varied enough to keep it interesting. Astley's vocals work well there, but its not enough to save the song from being more or less "meh." "The Order of Chaos" is quite decent too, but considering how many thrash bands I've listened to, how many heavy metal albums I've listened to, nothing here holds my interest.
Therein lies the critical flaw with this release. Its just too much "meh" jam packed into one album. It was 1992 after all, and there was alot of "meh" going around, the music scene had devoted itself to the art of the "meh" but this isn't exciting at all. Its basically the rehashes of better material played at a less interesting speed. The song title "Waiting" is quite appropiate for this album, and probably should have been the album's title. You're "Waiting" for this album to do something, but it's got "No More Time," and "Come Tomorrow" you will "Release" this utter pile of boredom into "The Abyss of Obscurity." That last one isn't an actual song on here, but it should have been because the band would have given you a mix 'n match word puzzle to describe exactly what to do once this finished playing. In fact, why not just title your album "Find 'All Bleed Red' Separately, and Ignore the Rest," giving the potential listener full warning of what is ahead. Even the cover art to this thing sucks, taking a photo of yourself for your album cover is about as basic as you can get and its hardly memorable.