Legendary Death Metallers from Florida KILLING ADDICTION are about to see their classic debut album Omega Factor re-issued March 9 through Xtreem Music. It was also on March 9, but from 1993, when this masterpiece was originally released. The reissue come with the original artwork revamped, enhanced sound, and as bonus, their Legacies of Terror [Demo ’90] and Necrosphere [7″ EP ’91].
Originating in Florida at the end of 80s, KILLING ADDICTION developed their heavy and crushing brand of Death Metal, different from any other band from Florida, through their debut demo and 7 “EP until their 1st album came out in ’93 and another EP in ’94. The band then split up, then reformed 10 years later, after which they released three new EPs from during the period 2010 – 2015. Blending influences from bands like CARCASS, ROTTREVORE, MORBID ANGEL, DEATH, POSSESSED, NAPALM DEATH, this classic debut album is a must-have in every self-respecting Death Metal fan’s collection!
01. Omega Factor
02. Equating the Trinity
03. Nothing Remains
05. Altered at Birth
07. Global Freezing
09. Necrosphere [7”EP ’91]
10. Covenant of Pain [7”EP ’91]
11. Impaled [7”EP ’91]
12. Nothing Remains [Demo ’90]
13. Well of Souls [Demo ’90]
14. Condemned [Demo ’90]
15. Necrosphere [Demo ’90]
Omega Factor will be released on CD format with a vinyl version to arrive later.
Killing Addiction is a veteran deathgrind band hailing from the Florida music scene of the late
1980s 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 did an independent 1994 EP, titled Dark Tomorrow.
This became Killing Addiction’s last recording during the formative years of Floridian death
metal, as Chris York parted ways for personal reasons, and the remaining members decided, at
the time, the band had run its course. However, before their departure in early 1994, Killing
Addiction was voted the Best North Florida Band at the 4th Annual Tampa Bay Metal Awards
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.
2016 was a successful and trying year for Killing Addiction. It saw the release of Shores of
Oblivion (EP) by Xtreem Music, but also the personal and creative loss of founding member
Chad Bailey, who passed away in September of that year. The band is moving forward with
Mike Serden as their new guitarist, who has toured in support of Shores of Oblivion and is
collaborating on new material for future projects.
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)
Mike Serden – guitar (2017-present)