I will have to admit that this new release by Kittie
is far more impressive to me than their previous effort. Everything
is cleaner and more crisp. But, that doesn't mean that the
band has lost it's edge. Since parting ways with Fallon Bowman,
the band seems to have gotten more intense and severe. I was
actually impressed by the brutality of this album.
Unlike their debut album, Spit,
which hinged a lot of it's success on one very radio-friendly
track, Oracle just throws the listener into the mix.
Guitar and bass lines are viscious and the drums are performed
fairly well. This is not to say that Kittie are virtuosos
of the art, but the music is written and performed to a degree
to get their point accross. Kittie is an angry bunch of girls
that want to be heard. The first single What I Always Wanted
is sure proof of what Kittie wants to show the world.
Vocally, if you don't know what you're getting into with
Kittie you might be surprised. The range goes from
excellently performed singing to screaming to a bitter growl
that would make any death metaler proud. There are times when
this vocal formula works well in creating a dissonance, and
other times it seems forced and not varied enough, but for
the most part, it works for what Kittie is trying to
If you're looking for a heavy metal album, you should check
this out. Oracle is far more focused on what Kittie
should be doing: laying down harsh music that's varied enough
to keep from getting complacent. This album won't convert
non-metal listeners, but it should please those who are looking
for something new to put their hands on. While certain influences
(The Melvins, Pantera, Sepultura) creep through, the
album is obviously the band's own.