On Shores of Oblivion, KILLING ADDICTION exemplifies a style that spans Death Metal (DEATH, POSSESSED, MORBID ANGEL, ATHEIST), Grindcore (NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS), and Thrash (SLAYER, SACRED REICH, KREATOR). Equally heavy is a lyrical approach that deals in themes both political and philosophical.
After its 1989 formation, right in the thick of the influential Florida Death Metal scene, KILLING ADDICTION released a demo and EP prior to the release of its 1993 full-length debut Omega Factor. After another EP and a split release, the band called it quits in 1998, then reformed in 2006, eventually releasing sophomore full-length Fall of the Archetypes on Xtreem Music in 2010 (also released as a limited-edition, six-song EP). The When Death Becomes an Art 7″ EP followed in 2015 (Inverse Dogma Records).
Momentum gained and all cylinders firing, KILLING ADDICTION wasted no time in releasing Shores of Oblivion last fall, but the season was a bittersweet one for the band, as founding member Chad Bailey passed away in September. The band is slowly moving forward in an effort to continue the work and vision he helped create.
1. Engine of Ruin
2. Cult of Decay
3. Extinction Agenda
4. Into Shadow
KILLING ADDICTION BIO
Killing Addiction is a veteran deathgrind band hailing from the Florida music scene of the late1980s and early 1990s that spawned dozens of bands in the death metal genre. Their style is based in politically and philosophically charged themes combined with musical influences that span death metal (Death, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Atheist), grindcore (Napalm Death, Carcass), and thrash (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Kreator).
In 1989, Chris Wicklein and brothers Chad and Pat Bailey formed Killing Addiction, in Ocala,Florida, and thus became one of the few bands of the time to help introduce death metal to the central Florida area. During this time, Killing Addiction released two well-received underground recordings, which eventually led to a full-length studio recording and the recruitment of drummer Chris York in 1992.
The debut full-length, titled Omega Factor, was released on the short-lived American label JL America, and helped solidify Killing Addiction’s style as something apart from the typical sound associated with Floridian death metal. Omega Factor eventually became regarded as a minor classic and often earned the band the title of a cult death metal act. To support this recording, the band performed live throughout the north, central, and south Florida areas, with death metal legends such as Obituary, Atheist, Incantation, Brutality, and Resurrection, and early Floridian underground favorites such as Assuck and Paineater.
Upon the demise of JL America, the band independently released the Dark Tomorrow EP in 1994. This became Killing Addiction’s last recording during the formative years of Floridian death metal, as Chris York parted ways for personal reasons. The remaining members decided that the band had run its course. However, before their departure in early 1994, Killing Addiction was voted the Best North Florida Band a the 4th Annual Tampa Bay Metal Awards (September, 1993).
After more than a decade apart Killing Addiction reformed ready to pick up where they left off. Their first studio effort to return to the scene was Fall of the Archetypes (2010), released as a full-length album by Xtreem Music (Spain), and as a limited-edition, six-song EP. In September 2014, Killing Addiction recorded a two-song EP entitled When Death Becomes An Art, released as a 7″ EP by Inverse Dogma Records (Italy) in early 2015.
The year 2016 was as successful as it was trying for Killing Addiction. The year saw the release of Shores of Oblivion (EP) by Xtreem Music, but also the personal and creative loss of founding member Chad Bailey, who pass away in September. The band is slowly moving forward in an effort to continue the work and vision he helped create.
● Chris Wicklein – guitar (1989-1994, 2006-present)
● Chad Bailey – guitar (1989-1994, 2006-2016)
● Pat Bailey – bass, vocals, (1989-1994, 2006-present)
● Chris York – drums (1992-1994, 2013-present)
● Omega Factor, 1993, JL America Records
● Fall of the Archetypes, 2010, XTREEM Music
● Necrosphere, 1991, Seraphic Decay Records
● Dark Tomorrow, 1994, split EP
● When Death Becomes An Art, 2015, Inverse Dogma Records