D.R.I., Thrash Zone

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 06.14.11 in Reviews
Showcasing their fully-formed metal chops

In 1983, D.R.I. launched as a ferocious hardcore punk band with the Dirty Rotten LP, a record that featured little metal in its 22 rapidly boiling songs, all delivered in 17 minutes. Gradually, however, D.R.I. started exploring heavier tones and riffs. Their third album, 1987′s Crossover, was perfectly titled — an inflamed hybrid of hardcore and metal, but it was the band’s fifth record, 1989′s Thrash Zone, that showcased their fully-formed metal chops. As the title implies, aside from Kurt Brecht’s barked vocals, this is more of a thrash album than a crossover showcase. But it’s a damn good one, packed with riffs that crunch, chug and churn along with the tempos of the music. Faster songs like “Standing in Line” and “Worker Bee” should please Slayer fans, while slower numbers like “Thrashard” and “Give a Hoot” offer more appeal to arm-swinging moshers.