Under the name of KIJU a new band from Italy is trying to win the listeners over. Thankfully the guys do not try their luck with the 100.000th HELLOWEEN copy. For that the band brings us Neo-Thrash Metal and its heroes like PANTERA to SEPULTURA.
And the Italians do not do a bad job there. Like most of their genre colleagues KIJU are not original, but a lot more varied. They do not just dumbly thrash ahead, but implement ideas very well. This is not really the music that I normally like too much, but somehow the CD has something. At least who loves SEPULTURA's "Chaos A.D." album and generally likes the sounds of PRO-PAIN, BIOHERBERT and MACHINE HEAD should give this band a fair chance. (Online June 13, 2003)