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On Spit, Kittie's 1999 debut, the just-out-of-high-school all-female quartet were an anomaly, giving the male-dominated metal scene a run for its money thanks to the Canadian lineup's near death-metal heaviness. On sophomore outing Oracle, minus original guitarist Fallon Bowman, Kittie rock harder than ever, yet lack the memorable songs required from a band of any gender or genre. In songs like "Mouthful of Poison," Morgan Lander's often ethereal, decidedly feminine vocals contrast with bassist Talena Atfield's death-metal growls. That, along with ferocious double-bass drums and extreme aggression, are the band's hallmarks, broken up by a Kittie-ized cover of Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" and "Safe," a spare, spooky and excellent departure in a sea of heavy sameness. Ultimately, Oracle's most redeeming quality is that of a role model for frustrated teenage girls, proving that, indeed, women are allowed to vent their rage and compete with men on the same playing field. --Katherine Turman

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indieblue Music
  • ASIN: B00005QEYH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Killrig on November 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I just had the pleasure of seeing Kittie play half of this album along with most off of "Spit" a week before I picked it up. And I must say that it is better than I thought it would be. They call them a "Metal" band for a reason and this album is proof positive why. It's got angst, anger, gutteral growls, and prime metal melodic tension dripping on all sides. For a good portion of "Oracle" has a raw metal about the same skill level of Soulfly and Ill Nino. I must admit, despite the focus on Morgan's screams on "Oracle"; my favorite tracks are "In Winter", "Run Like Hell", "Pain", & the albums first single: "What I always Wanted". On these tracks the sounds have more variety to them that break up the throat aching screams that make up most of the album (don't get me wrong I love these too), "Wolves", "No Name" & the albums title track "Oracle". I even love the final track to the disc which is called "Pink Lemonade" which takes on a slow, beautiful yet LOUD Melvins-like ambiance -- which I think more bands need to do -- an excellent way to close off a collage of words & sounds from Kittie. In conslusion, if you have the taste for something Metal with a bit of melody, pick up 'Oracle'... You won't be disapointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Twitch on August 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As a fan of pure black and death metal I can tell you one thing, Kittie has gone far beyond the reaches of that all girl hardcore nu-metal outfit that I have grown to love, they have progressed to a level where most bands only dream of reaching. They have successfully mixed neo-metallic ideas, a both very etherial and brutal vocal apporach, a strong death metal edge, hardcore / metalcore riffing, and a slight gothic sound. 'Oracle' is starkly different than their Artemis debut 'Spit'. With 'Oracle' they have lost all of their nu-metal sound, but still retained the freshness and melody that came with it.
Comparisons to bands such as KoRn and Slipknot are no longer appropriate when describing Kittie. Durring the aggressive portions of the album, it has more of an early Soilwork (pre-'A Preditor's Portrait') type feel to it, or a definite Lamb of God reference (the song "No Name" sounds so much like "Black Label" its scary, but it still retains its own identity), and a references to early Dismember and Death can be found on the album's opener "Oracle" and on "Mouthful of Poison". During the more melodic parts of the album, it sounds like a more etherial type vibe, he ll maybe even Sigur Ros influenced. But, again, unlike 'Spit', Morgan Lander's (vocals / guitars) voice has a beautiful, melodic quality to it, and her scream has been fined tune (references to the great Arch Enemy are pointless, she sounds almost nothing like Angela Gossow). The standout tracks on the album are "In Winter", "What I Always Wanted", "No Name", and "Run Like Hell" (one of the few times that a band has ever covered Pink Floyd and done them justice).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By parabolak on November 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Spit" was a good album, but it was rather annoying and had truly awful production. I just didn't think they could possibly outdo it, especially given the news that Fallon (guitarist/back-up vocals) had left the group. Well, I was dead wrong. Not only did Kittie outdo themselves 700 times over, they went borderline death metal on us (similar to Slipknot's "Iowa" that year). The sloppiness "Spit" maintained is gone as well as the raw musicianship.
Morgan Lander is by far the best female singer ever. Instead of that annoying 11-year-old girl scream, she uses dry-lung vocal-distortion (an incredibly loud death metal growl). She can really sing too ("Safe" "In Winter"). I love her. Can't wait to see if her voice develops any more. As for guitar-riffs, they are no doubt the heaviest ever. I always found it amazing that Fear Factory could sound so heavy with just one guitarist, but since Morgan also does vocals this is more amazing. Her Meshuggah-style-riffs attack you like a dozen angry werewolves. You need only check out songs like "Mouthful Of Poison" "Severed" and "No Name" to understand. How she can play like this and sing at the same time is quite amazing as well.
Talena (although I'm not sure she's even in the band anymore) is the heard loud and clear. Her bass can be mistaken for the drums though. Check out the intro to "Severed".
Mercedes Lander is a great drummer, but she isn't quite as good as she was on "Spit". She noticeably uses double-bass drums more often though.
The music is so heavy at times that it hurts, and who else can pull that off better. "Mouthful Of Poison" has got to one of the loudest songs I've ever heard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hed_Munky on January 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
And it most certainly is. Spit was more angst filled, but Oracle has songs that remind me of Tool at times. The lyrics are better than on Spit and get you thinking. Here's a basic run down of the songs.
Oracle - Great, short death metal song to kick off the album. Talena's screams are brutal to the max. 8/10
Mouthful of Poison - Not one that stays with me, but it's really cool. 7/10
In Winter - Best song on the album! Morgan's voice is haunting, and beautiful. A great listen. 15/10
Severed - The instruments are the best part of this song. I love the bass intro and drums. 9/10
Run Like Hell - Can't say that I've heard the original, but this is pretty cool. 10/10
Pain - This is another one that doesn't stick with me, but the guitars are great. 7/10
Wolves - Great drum intro by Mercedes! Morgan's voice is again haunting. 10/10
What I've Always Wanted - This is my third fave song on the album, and a great single! 10/10
Safe - Second best, it's really gothic sounding and creepy. Morgan does her best vocal work here. 10/10
No Name - Another great death metal song, perfect for mosh pits. 9/10
Pink Lemonade - I honestly really don't like this song that much. Metal bands seem to be making really long and butchered ending tracks these days (Slipknot "Iowa", Deftones "Mini Magit") But it's still good. 5/10
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