Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Kittie : Oracle
Iron maidens. Noise annoys...
Perhaps the saddest indictment is that the rock burden falls almost entirely on the shoulders of the all-female, Canadian death-metal trio Kittie. It's one that proves far too much for blister-throated sisters Morgan (guitar and vocals) and Mercedes (drums) Lander and Talena Atfield (bass). Too often, the follow-up to their 600,000-selling debut 'Spit', is plain overbearing, a violent marriage of melody and brutality that makes for a highly uneasy listen, to which the rolling thunder-drums and bile-based vocals of tracks like 'Mouthful of Poison' and 'In Winter' are testimony. The only respite comes via album highlight 'Safe' - a near-operatic oasis of calm in the surrounding chaos and a track fit for even the most horizontally disposed of chill-out albums.
We need Kittie around, if only for diversity's sake. And when the guitar girls return, let's hope we're going to get the Julianne Casablancas and Andrea WK's we deserve - and not more like this lot.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin