"A defiant joy at play, a pure love for the genre": 13 years after their last album, Kittie are back and the claws are out

Two years after returning from hiatus, Canadian metallers Kittie complete the comeback with their seventh album

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The summer of post-hiatus comebacks continues with the return of Canadian metallers Kittie, 13 years after the release of their previous album I’ve Failed You

They’re unrecognisable from the nu-metal upstarts who first appeared in 1999, having morphed over the years into a more straight-ahead metal band, and today good and evil rage in vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander and her sister, drummer/vocalist Mercedes, with clean vocals bringing the light in contrast to the dark of the rasping, pained growl unleashed over a never-ending barrage of steely riffs. 

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With that growl-and-riff combo, Kittie have very much nailed their colours to the mast; Fire is strictly for the metal crowd, for festivals, for conjuring hair-flinging energy for like-minded people, rather than appeasing an imaginary wider audience. 

The lyrics are violent and doomy, the music aggressive and relentless, but there’s a defiant joy at play, a pure love for the genre rediscovered after all this time.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.