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Kilt - The Art Of Self Destruction (8/10) - Germany - 2004

Genre: Nu-Metal
Label: TTS Media Music
Playing time: 43:52
Band homepage: Kilt


  1. Show Me The Way >mp3
  2. Judge Me
  3. Inside
  4. Take Away The Pain
  5. Bitch
  6. Day Ba Day
  7. Free My Soul
  8. Blind
  9. Suicide
  10. Bullet
Kilt - The Art Of Self Destruction

Is Nu Metal combined with Hardcore = Metalcore? Or do we need the term Nu-Metalcore? Or just Nu Core? Or is it still just Nu Metal? Or… who cares? In any case, the influences from this German band KILT come out of both genres and some other genres more, so this could also lead to a description like Crossover. You need an example? Just take the opener “Show Me The Way”, it’s interesting with its “loud/quiet dynamics” and the vocals range from clean melodic to raging shouting. The thick sound is furthermore enhanced by additional scratches, so the Crossover theory seems to fit more and more.


Same tactics follows “Judge Me”, the quieter passages are very relaxed and seem to be somewhere between KORN and FAITH NO MORE. Not ultimately the latest craze in the Metal business, but still renowned and inspiring. “Inside”, then, convincingly proves that they can also decently rock. It’s convincing because they sound authentically also in the softer passages and they show much diversity. Also “Take Away The Pain” starts relaxed while the chorus is quite groovy. Besides that, they shortly honour a band like RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS vocally, that speaks for the band and that makes them more likeable.


“Bitch” is also nothing new, KORN and Co. are always present but one can’t resist this Nu Metal groove. Three minutes would be long enough for this track, with the time it gets a bit boring and lengthy. But this is just my taste, “The Art Of Self Destruction” is otherwise a decent album. “Day By Day” offers again heaviness as well as calmer passages and “Free My Soul” follows a similar path, it’s another rocky track with some short angrily explosions. “Blind” is a highlight of this record, just those steadily changing vocals offering much fun.


The groove monster “Suicide” and the pressuring “Bullet” end this record and my impression is, that “The Art Of Self Destruction” indeed lacks of originality but it’s still a recommendable and solid work. They are dedicated and have potential, I’m sure they will find some fans. Well done guys! (Online October 9, 2005)

Alexander Ehringer

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