Violent Religion

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
While a slightly patchy effort in comparison to later albums, Religion shows lead singer/mainman Tyson Meade and the Kittens still getting off to a good start all around. Its embrace of trashy punk glam, wonderfully out of tune with the incipient grunge empire of the early nineties, helped distinguish the group from the start. Meade's charismatic, delicious high-register singing and lyrical obsessions with kinky sex, death, madness and, indeed, religion called to mind understandable Ziggy Stardust comparisons, but he gives everything his own particularly fractured spin. When he breaks into one of his not infrequent yelps and wails, it suits the mood quite well. Musically, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
While a slightly patchy effort in comparison to later albums, Religion shows lead singer/mainman Tyson Meade and the Kittens still getting off to a good start all around. Its embrace of trashy punk glam, wonderfully out of tune with the incipient grunge empire of the early nineties, helped distinguish the group from the start. Meade's charismatic, delicious high-register singing and lyrical obsessions with kinky sex, death, madness and, indeed, religion called to mind understandable Ziggy Stardust comparisons, but he gives everything his own particularly fractured spin. When he breaks into one of his not infrequent yelps and wails, it suits the mood quite well. Musically, he and lead guitarist Metzger favor sprawl and chunky riffs, as much Ron Asheton and Steve Jones as Mick Ronson. The rhythm section is mostly there as opposed to being distinct, but they support Meade's cockeyed vision well enough, while random movie samples and some other touches flesh out the album. "Mother of the ancient birth" is the first song that totally lifts the Kittens up from being well-meaning if perversely mannered tribute fusion. Its quick clip and chewy chorus, poppy and punchy down to the handclaps while Meade sings of weird Freudian twists, serves as a great calling card for the band's abilities. From there everything winds up more furiously as it goes, one mascara-smeared aural car crash after another. Songtitles like "Death-Out at Party Central" and "Feel Like a Drugstore" are happily lived up to, while gentler numbers as "I'm Waiting leeanne's song" let Meade showcase his equally good, lower-pitched singing, soothing and smoky. The album wraps up with its best song, the lovely piano ballad "She's Gone Mad," covered live elsewhere by fellow Oklahomans the Flaming Lips. Meade's portrayal of the titular character is achingly sympathetic and matched by his performance perfectly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/1992
  • Label: MAMMOTH
  • UPC: 035498002144
  • Catalog Number: 21

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bloodstorm (2:08)
  2. 2 Skinned Knees (Kitten Theme) (1:41)
  3. 3 Boyfriend Song (4:00)
  4. 4 Mother (Of The Ancient Birth) (3:46)
  5. 5 I'm Waiting (Leanne's Song) (2:54)
  6. 6 Here At The End (3:46)
  7. 7 Bliss (We're Small) (4:00)
  8. 8 Feel Like A Drugstore (3:56)
  9. 9 Savior Boyfriend Collides (4:23)
  10. 10 Violent Religion (4:36)
  11. 11 Death-Out At Party Central (5:10)
  12. 12 She's Gone Mad (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chainsaw Kittens Primary Artist
Phil Seymour Background Vocals
Ron Getman Piano
Tom Leader Drums
Tyson Meade Guitar, Vocals
Trent Bell Guitar
Kevin McElhaney Bass
Mark Metzger Guitar
Technical Credits
Russ Tolman Mastering
Chainsaw Kittens Arranger
Robbie Egle Engineer
Ron Getman Engineer
Steve Ripley Engineer, Contributor
Tom Leader Arranger
Tyson Meade Arranger, Producer, Paintings
Steve Balcom Executive Producer
Jay Faires Executive Producer
Kevin McElhaney Arranger, Contributor
Mark Metzger Arranger
Bill Nuñez Engineer
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