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Speed\Kill/Hate - "Acts of Insanity" (CD)

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"Acts of Insanity" track listing:

1. Walls of Hate (4:12)
2. Setting Me Off (4:19)
3. Violence Breeds (3:32)
4. Enemy (4:12)
5. Won't See Fear (4:33)
6. Face the Pain (4:26)
7. Revelation at War (4:01)
8. Not for Me (3:15)
9. Repent (3:41)

Reviewed by on May 19, 2010

"While it’s not all bad in that some parts are catchy and actually head-bang worthy, I can’t imagine coming back to this one."

With the name /Speed\Kill/Hate\, one can nearly guess that this band plays thrash. Their debut, “Acts of Insanity,” is just like any other thrash album. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as fans of the genre may appreciate the straight thrash approach, but this album definitely isn’t the best example of the genre. With repetitive song structure and near-heinous over-production, “Acts of Insanity” isn’t the worst thrash I’ve ever heard, but it’s certainly a long ways from the best.

With members from the legendary Overkill and Ripping Corpse, it’s surprising that this album isn’t that spectacular. The riffs are, for the most part, catchy and fitting, but none are very original and tend to get rather boring by the end. The songs in general also tend to be catchy and it’s difficult to not be singing along by the end. “Violence Breeds” is a great example of this; the chorus is addictive and the lyrics have a distinct "Thunderdome" (as in Mad Max) feel to them. The songs contain occasional solos of the blistering variety and interesting leads, such as on “Won’t See Fear,” which contains the best solo on the album. These sections are too few and far in-between and even tend to get old, as they all sound very similar. The pace tends to stay the same throughout most of the album; some parts could use a blazing speed-up.

While I can see “Acts of Insanity” as a good source of a quick metal injection, I can’t imagine listening to it over and over again. At about 35 minutes long, this album is a short one, but that's because the songs structures are all very similar, to the point of most songs sounding the same. A huge problem lies in the production. Nearly all heaviness and rawness has been stripped from this album, leaving thrash with a strange clean sound that only (and rarely) tends to work from tech death bands. The drums are triggered to an absolutely absurd point that makes even the snare sound more like a click and the power vanishes entirely.

Overall, this album has some glaring problems. While it’s not all bad in that some parts are catchy and actually head-bang worthy, I can’t imagine coming back to this one. None of the songs really relate to one another at all; “Acts of Insanity” is just a half-hour amalgamation of thrash, and, unfortunately, not a very good example of it. You could literally take almost any song from this album and get a general feel for how the entire thing sounds. For thrash fans, there is much better thrashing to be had.

Highs: Some catchy parts and well done solos.

Lows: Repetitive and stripped of all heaviness.

Bottom line: As a solo project of Overkill's Dave Linsk, it's odd how unimaginative and mediocre this album is.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)