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Album Review

Although the opening title track is a celebration of life in the mosh pit, D.R.I.'s fifth album is pretty much straightforward metal with little of the band's hardcore punk roots in its unapologetically slick sound. That said, Thrash Zone is an immense improvement over its immediate predecessor, the weak and unfocused Four of a Kind. Kurt Brecht's yowling vocals and forgettable lyrics are largely downplayed in favor of showing off the band's best assets: Spike Cassidy's efficient punk metal guitar lines and the whiplash dynamics of bassist John Menor and drummer Felix Griffin, who handle the dips into slow, thudding mosh sections and curves into triple-speed overdrive with relative ease. Hardcore's late-'80s swerve into metal is still basically a lousy idea (one that most bands quickly abandoned after Nevermind hit the charts and metal was suddenly very much out of fashion again), but Thrash Zone is a better than average example of the form.

Customer Reviews

This thrash is king!

D.R.I. surprised many fans with the sounds of "Thrash Zone," especially those used to their earlier punk sound. Crossing over to a thrashier sound perhaps was a blessing in disguise for this quartet who seemed to put together a unique, heavy, and classic album. Definite favorites are "Thrashard," "Beneath the Wheel," "Strategy," and "Abduction." Who cares if they were punk and crossed over, D.R.I did a hell of job putting this album together. In my opinion, "Thrash Zone" is one of the best thrash metal albums of all time. I place it up there with Metallica's "Master of Puppets", Anthrax's "Among the Living," S.O.D.'s "Speak English or Die," Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Megadeth's "Peace Sells...", and Testament's "The New Order." A definite must-have for die hard fans of fast and aggressive music.

A Metal Classic

I listened and thrashed to this music so much in the USMC that listening to it brings back fond and adventurous memories of a different world. A must for all old school metalheads and those trying to get a taste of the end of the X generation.

A Classic!

This is ol' skool punk/thrash houston metal at it's best.spike & kurt use to tear it up upstairs @ fitzgerald's along with deadhorse. Classic! U must own this album & throw in 4 of a kind as well.

Biography

Formed: May, 1982 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

D.R.I. (aka Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) were one of the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal, along with Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity. Starting off as a speedy, straight-ahead punk band, they gradually mixed more elements of heavy metal into their sound; as they did so, their songs got longer and featured more sections and more variety in tempo. D.R.I. managed the then-rare feat of crossing over to metal audiences while retaining their skatepunk and hardcore fan bases...
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