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Classic Album Review: Kittie | Oracle

The Ontario females’ sophomore set makes Swedish death metal seem like Enya.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


It’s so tempting to lump Ontario’s Kittie with other teenage rockers like The Runaways and The Donnas. And so wrong.

With their 1999 debut Spit, these ladies showed they were tonnes heavier than any gal group — and most guy groups — on the planet. Now, with their sophomore CD Oracle, they’ve proved they’re also infinitely more creative and talented. All those Ozzfest tours have honed Kittie’s chops to razor-sharp deadliness, and they unleash them to devastating effect on these 11 cuts. Steering away from the nu-metal and rap-rock they flirted with on Spit, the gals weld grinding guitars, blowtorch-meets-siren vocals and pulverizing syncopation into a solid wall of Sabbathy sludge so ridiculously heavy it makes Swedish death metal seem like Enya. Plus they flex their classic-rock muscles with a stunning cover of Pink Floyd’s Run Like Hell. With Oracle, Kittie are no longer girls. They are women. Hear them roar.