August 25, 2018

D.R.I. - 4 of a Kind (1988)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Crossover Thrash
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© 1988 Metal Blade/Enigma Records
AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason
By the time of 1988's Four of a Kind, all evidence of D.R.I.'s early hardcore punk roots was erased, except for the quartet's fondness for thrashing tempos. While they didn't go into the limp hair metal direction of contemporaries like T.S.O.L. (whose later albums would be laughable if they weren't so sad), instead favoring a somewhat tougher speed metal streak best shown on the neck-snapping "Slumlord" -- which also shows a rather surprising social commentary bent -- Four of a Kind is a perfect example of why it was a bad idea for hardcore punk bands to go metal. They simply couldn't do metal, which at its best has deep reserves of misanthropic anger, as well as the more tortured likes of Metallica or Megadeth. A hardcore band's anger is of the more cartoonish, juvenile wiseass variety, much more Ramones than Black Sabbath, and so the songs on Four of a Kind simply sound kind of weak and petulant. Later CD pressings include an absolutely pointless, grating bonus track, "S.O.F.C.," that consists of little more than a malfunctioning tape machine.

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