Kill The Client- Set For Extinction
Record Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Grindcore can be a frustrating genre. On one hand, you have the master musicians; the innovators, with bands like Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Cattle Decapitation and Rotten Sound setting a fairly lofty standard for contemporary grind. On the other hand, you have less-memorable outfits who seem to lose sight of creating truly remarkable music in favor of pursuing as dissonant and brutal a sound as possible. Kill The Client have always been one of the "good" grindcore bands; not great, but not uninteresting enough to get swept up in the sea of countless imitators. However, with their latest release, Set For Extinction, Kill The Client blaze a trail of infectious heavy metal grime, chopping away with unrelenting spirit and excitement. Though it may not be too different from previous releases, Set For Extinction takes what worked best about previous releases and fine-tunes those elements. The riffs are still merciless and skull-crushing, but a considerable dose of catchiness is added. Of course, "catchiness" is a relative term here. Don't expect any synth-pop keys or pop punk hooks to jump out of nowhere; it's still Kill The Client, albeit stronger and more focused than before.
Production-wise, this is better sounding than most albums of similar nature. The production isn't too raw or too polished - a considerable selling point when you consider the fact that many death metal/grind records suffer from (often intentionally) poor production that leaves things sounding too muddled and claustrophobic. The drums are sharp and commanding but never tinny or irritating. Guitars and bass are evenly mixed with just the right amount of low end beneath the crushing landslide of guitar cacophony.
Clocking in at around half an hour at nineteen songs, this album is more or less standard for grindcore. Songs never even reach the three minute mark, and the longest song on the record, opener "No Leaders," is just two-and-a-half minutes. And as such, the album tends to bleed together in spots. Some songs, as is the case with many grindcore releases, fly by so quickly that even after multiple listens, one may still have a hard time remembering certain tracks. While this may not be a problem for devoted grindcore fans, casual listeners (such as myself) may find it a little exhausting. But perhaps this is the point. Grindcore is anything but relaxed, and Kill The Client attest to that. Set For Extinction, though not a revolutionary or game-changing effort, is nonetheless a solid collection of death-grind that shows considerable growth for one of the genre's most promising bands.