D.R.I. discography

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D.R.I. discography
Studio albums 7
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 1
EPs 2

This is a discography of D.R.I., an American crossover thrash band formed in 1982 by Kurt Brecht, Spike Cassidy, Dennis Johnson and Eric Brecht. D.R.I. currently consists of Kurt Brecht (lead vocals), Spike Cassidy (guitar and backing vocals), Harald Oimoen (bass), and Walter Ryan (drums). The band rose to prominence in the US during the thrash metal era with their albums 4 of a Kind and Thrash Zone. The band has released seven studio albums, two EPs (one of which is a split with Raw Power), one compilation album and two live albums.

Before signing a record contract with Metal Blade Records in 1984, the band released their self-titled debut album in 1983 and the Violent Pacification EP a year later on the Dirty Rotten label. D.R.I. followed up with their second full-length album Dealing with It! in 1985, and Crossover two years later. In 1988, D.R.I. released 4 of a Kind which was their first album to chart on Billboard 200, reaching #116. Their follow-up album, Thrash Zone, peaked at #140 on the American charts and was their final album to chart in the US. D.R.I.'s chart success slowly fell throughout the 1990s until they released their last studio album to date Full Speed Ahead in 1995, which failed to chart in the US.

Since 1996, D.R.I. had continued touring and been going on hiatus sporadically. No new albums under the D.R.I. name have been released since 1995; however, a new demo track, "Against Me," was released as a digital download on their website in 2004, and an EP containing new music But Wait...There's More! was released twelve years later. There have been discussions of a new studio album, but it has never materialized.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
Billboard 200
1983 Dirty Rotten LP
1985 Dealing with It!
1987 Crossover
  • Released: March 9, 1987[4]
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: LP, CS, CD
1988 4 of a Kind
  • Released: June 27, 1988[5]
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: LP, CS, CD
1989 Thrash Zone
  • Released: October 10, 1989[6]
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Format: LP, CS, CD
1992 Definition
  • Released: October 20, 1992[7]
  • Label: Dirty Rotten
  • Format: LP, CS, CD
1995 Full Speed Ahead
  • Released: October 24, 1995[8]
  • Label: Dirty Rotten
  • Format: LP, CS, CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
1994 Live
2005 Live at CBGB's 1984

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
2001 Greatest Hits

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
1984 Violent Pacification
2001 The Dirty Rotten Power
2016 But Wait...There's More!
  • Released: June 10th 2016
  • Label: Beer City
  • Format: EP


  1. ^ "D.R.I. Album & Song Chart History". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Dirty Rotten LP". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Dealing with It!". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Crossover". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ "4 of a Kind". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Thrash Zone". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Definition". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Full Speed Ahead". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Live at CBGB's 1984". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  10. ^ "Greatest Hits". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-18.