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The hell raising begins on the second track when “My Plague” kicks down the door with vintage Kirk Hammett-styled guitar riffs, a fierce rhythm section approximating the sprayed firing of multi-barrel cannons, and singer Morgan Lander recalling Linda Blair’s 1973 satanic possession with her feral blood-curdling shrieks. With the appropriately titled In the Black, the Ontario-based quartet make the leap from the alt-metal of 2007’s Funeral for Yesterday to relentless black metal that sounds so dark and evil, you’d swear these gals spent the last summer with church-burning Viking-rockers in Norway. Lander even stated in the album’s press release that she wanted In the Black to be the complete antithesis of Kittie’s last album. “Cut Throat” retains the band’s knack for catchy songwriting and with Lander segueing into her familiar singing voice on the song’s choruses, Kittie dares to make black metal more accessible. The sinister sounding “Sorrow I Know” is another standout that emerges with a menacing tone in the verse and powerful vocals that vine like ivy creeping around an artillery of instrumental juggernauts.

Customer Reviews

Rebirth after the Funeral

I loved "Funeral for Yesterday" but sometimes that album felt like a bit of a depressing slog (not surprising, considering the stuff they were going through at the time). "In The Black" sees Kittie returning to and perfecting the hard-driving angry stomp of "Oracle" and "Until The End." The songs on this album are fast, heavy and exciting, and you can tell that the band members are having fun playing them (something that I haven't felt since "Spit.") The tight and focused musicianship on this album is astounding and puts every other band out there, metal or otherwise, to shame. I'm really glad that Kittie have survived their personal and professional demons and are still around making great music!


i thought this band died in 2007... but they have just proved to me that this is their sickest album, this is their heaviest album, this is their BEST album. worth the moneys!

Kittie at their best!

They've greatly matured and have become much more professional about their music. It's a brand new sound to their original style adopting a more modern British metal. I personally think this is Kittie's best album ever made and is my all time favorite. Kingdom Come begins with a calm instrumental, but quickly fades into a very heavy hard driven My Plauge. The rest of the songs evolve mixing hard rock with modern metal, soft singing, and killer screaming. I highly recommend this album to anyone worth listening to.


Formed: 1997 in Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Schoolgirls Mercedes Lander (drums) and Fallon Bowman (guitar) met in gym class and said, "Let's play together!" And thus, Kittie was born. At least, that's how legend has it, and it's not that far from the truth. Four teenage girls with a love of heavy metal, a desire to prove naysayers wrong, and a passion to rock formed the hard-sounding metal-esque quartet in 1997 while still in high school. One part glam rock and one part death metal, the women of Kittie signed with the NG Records-distributed...
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