3. Altered Mind
4. 2 In Me
5. Images Of Change
Yet another band nobody has heard about that should have taken the metal world by storm in the mid-1990s. I guess there wasn't much of it left after the Seattle tidal wave had convinced most of the record-buying public that musicianship was a hindrance to writing good music. Haji's Kitchen, perhaps insufficiently backed by shred-heaven Shrapnel Records, released this ripping thrashy/shred album at the highest peak of indifference on the part of the hard-music-buying public in recent memory, in spite of a few promising reviews in the press at the time.
Haji's Kitchen plays fast, virtuosic, melodic thrash- and grunge-influenced metal in the vein of the unholy alliance of early (not *too* early, though) Pantera and Alice in Chains, with jaw-dropping harmonized guitar leads and a pumpin' rhythm section with the excellent instinct of leaving the idiotic, pompous, awkward, ugly and annoying prog-rockish odd time signatures at home inside their practice books. Unlike Pantera, the songs are always melodic from beginning to end, with a touch of screaming and très-1990s harmonized vocals reminiscent of AIC as well as the Galactic Cowboys ("Near"). The performances are remarkably tight and the musicianship is always on display but never showy or pretentious. The most endearing part about this album, however, is that it rocks harder than Tommy Lee's boat, regardless of whether one cares about supreme musical skill.
This record can be hard to find, but it is well worth twenty times the $1 you are likely to pay for it.
Review by Rog The Frog Billerey-Mosier
Review date: 07/2003