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K.A. - Close Up (3/10) - France - 2003

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 23:52
Band homepage: K.A.


  1. Our Life
  2. What's Your Excuse >mp3
  3. Illusion Of Life
  4. Fragment Of Mind
  5. F.J.F.S. (demo)
  6. Brutal Against Masses (demo)
  7. Rage (demo) >mp3
  8. What's Your Excuse (demo)
K.A. - Close Up

Well where to begin to describe this promo that was passed my way? An exercise in basic unoriginal Death Metal? How not to write songs that will get you signed? Why even bother recording this? These are just some of the questions I asked myself in addition to why was I still listening to this “debut” by unsigned (and with good cause) Frenchmen K.A after scant minutes of the chugging open E.


The tracks on the CD are well produced, which is where I can give some moderate credit to this group for at least having some sense to get their material produced professionally. I wonder though how much money they spent which would have been better spent in the G-string of an STD-ridden stripper on this production. Not only are the songs extremely bland and unoriginal (I could swear I’d heard every riff they used in SEPULTURA songs before), but the lyrics of the songs are just a waste of speech and air on the part of the vocalist. Choice cuts from the lyrics of the song “Our Life” include: “I push this shit away, I blown away this shit, Kick this fuck away, I fuck mother fucking shit”. If the context of what the “shit” or “fuck” was given then maybe it would make some remote sense. I’ll give them a bit of break since maybe English isn’t their first language, but I certainly find it rare to come across anyone who actually goes somewhere in life who uses an explative every second word.


My summation on this band? They’re unsigned for a reason, and they will stay unsigned unless they try to create something original and get some help in their songwriting. They could go places, but they have a long way to go. (Online March 16, 2004)

Dave Galbraith

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