Saturday, February 28, 2009
BUDGIE - IN FOR THE KILL! (1974)
Just about any review you find online will, at some point, mention In for the Kill! as one of the most popular NWOBHM albums. Perhaps that was true across the pond, but the record's cult fame in the U.S. can be almost directly attributed to METALLICA's cover of "Crash Course in Brain Surgery", and James Hetfield's constant mentions of BUDGIE in all the old metal rags. That said, "Crash Course...", in all 157 seconds of its glory, isn't even among the the greatest songs featured here. In 1974, BUDGIE had more in common with RUSH than any band that would eventually be classified as NWOBHM. These guys were too talented to be confined to one specific genre, despite Tony Bourge's mastery of the heavy riff. Some rock cats, GOMIES included, might find the directional shifts over the course of this album to be annoying at best, and totally pretentious at worst. You know, the way non-fans feel about RUSH. I personally dig extended suites like "Zoom Club", because they keep me interested and wondering what will happen next. Shorter numbers, like the aforementioned "Crash Course..." and the mellow "Wondering What Everyone Knows", set the stage for what's to come. "Hammer & Tongs" could've slid into any ZEPPELIN tracklisting nicely, and "Living on Your Own" is, in my opinion, BUDGIE's best song. While I've dropped a lot of names and comparisons here, the best way to enjoy In for the Kill! is to forget about all those bands and sounds and listen to the record as a whole.
1. In for the Kill!
2. Crash Course in Brain Surgery
3. Wondering What Everyone Knows
4. Zoom Club
5. Hammer & Tongs
6. Running from My Soul
7. Living on Your Own