Commendable is that they’ve stuck around and actually gotten heavier and heavier over time, Kittie remain a more than passable desktop thrash band, embracing a multitude of speeds, a cloak of doom, proggy change-ups, mathematically jagging beneath the Angela-like bark of Morgan Lander and the occasional baby doll contrast.

Production is clean and clacky like much ‘net metal these days, but despite the unremarkableness and fatigue of that sound, it’s technically “good.” Black Label crossed with Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Haunted and Machine Head perhaps gets you an approximation of the resolute march through riff these songs wrap themselves ’round. Another outsized personality trait is the percussive closeness of each song, whereby the drums almost play the riffs, i.e. punctuating each rumble in the jungle.