Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
JL America had some good in it....
Mike Anderson | Phoenix, Arizona United States | 10/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I like this CD. Strait up compaired to todays' Death Metal bands, the production isn't great, but it is catchy D Metal. The vocals are very low and with some high screams here and there. Some of the riffs are pretty basic, but it is old school Death Metal and for old school it's not bad at all. If you don't mind old school Death Metal and the production isn't a big concern I recommend it. "Altered Birth" and "Omega Factor" are the highlights on this disc. On a special note this album is out of print. If anything a nice collector's item from a label that is no more. Rest in Peace JL America!"
Good Floridian death metal - 3 1/2 stars
Tom P. the Underground Navigator | Park Forest, IL USA | 02/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In the annals of long forgotten labels from the past is the old Indianapolis, Indiana early '90s death metal label J.L. America, who have gotten a bad rap through the years for putting out some releases of questionable quality. While there is some truth to that, let it be said that the label licensed and made available to American audiences some material only available by import here (Beherit, Immortal, Disastrous Murmur, etc.) and was not without a few fairly solid brutal bands of its own (such as Morpheus Descends and Organic Infest).
Continuing this tradition is Ocala, Florida's Killing Addiction. I love brutal death metal and Killing Addiction generally deliver the goods. There is a certain energy to the proceedings here that keeps the listener interested. I really like Pat Bailey's vocals. They are super guttural and unintelligible in the tradition of '92 era death metal, but somehow he's got his own style. Sure, the music is somewhat derivative, but the band has a brutal underground sound and I love the wammy bar screeches on the guitar. The music is generally mid-paced and for awhile you think they may not accelerate the speed, but a blast section is introduced in track number four "Dehumanized," and it's effective. There are also a couple excellent riffs to be found here, particularly on "Nothing Remains" and "Necrosphere." The production is more demo-ish quality, but effective enough.
All in all, if you cherish the glory days of early '90s death metal, Killing Addiction will likely bring back some memories.
As a final note, one interesting thing about the inlay of the CD is the band photo. Not dressed in the standard black T-shirt, black leather jacket death metal garb, the band instead appears in plainclothes and even shorts. Maybe that was an intentional decision on their part to go against the trend. But then again, it's also hot down there in Florida."