In the time it took to release two albums and tour the world, Kittie has destroyed the long-held belief that girls can't forge metal. Kittie's latest album, Oracle (Artemis), is a head-whipping whirl of bristling riffs and hard-charging drums that most male metal bands would kill for. But when it comes to spite, malice and revenge fantasies, no one can outwork a teenage girl, and Kittie is three teenage girls. So keep your mouth shut, because they're genetically superior at this sort of thing, as Oracle proves. Guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander has a volcanic, hissing screech that could bubble steel, and she seems more than willing to drag her guitar over the train tracks into the black-metal side of town. From the blast beats and nearly unintelligible howls of the title track to the slow, grinding death march of the inappropriately named "Pink Lemonade," Kittie brutalizes metal the way a pretty girl brutalizes hormonally challenged boys.
It's about fucking time.