In 1996, Overkill was infused with a new musical spark as two new guitarists (Joe Comeau and Sebastian Marino) joined the band's ranks, bringing with them some fresh riffs and a higher overall level of musicianship. There is no place where this is better demonstrated than on the instrumental "Feeding Frenzy," a quick-paced, double bass attack anthem. Joining Comeau and Marino on The Killing Kind are original members Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth on vocals, D.D. Verni on bass, and relative newcomer Tim Mallare on drums. Together, this late-model lineup of the band produce a punchy metal grind that's as musically accomplished as anything Overkill produced. Other standout tracks included the ferociously tight "Bold Pagan Stomp" and "Let Me Shut That For You." After over a decade of thrash and aggressive metal releases, Overkill prove on The Killing Kind that time and music trends had no affect on their commitment to seriously heavy metal.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Anderson