95% - 100%: Mind-blowing! The complete
package! Buy this without hesitation!
85% - 95%: Killer release for the
genre, check it out.
80% - 85%: Solid release with a
few minor shortcomings.
70% - 80%: A little disappointing,
but hints at potential and by no means 'bad'. I'll await future recordings
before final judgement.
60% - 70%: Unimpressive, average
and quite possibly boring.
< 60%: Don't waste your time
on this piece of rotting faecal matter.
Heed my words you Seppo swine: antiMUSIC
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the more extreme end of the musical spectrum. So for all your metal &
hardcore review needs I direct your attention to: www.thrashpit.com
And this will be the final Metal
Underground Review posted on antiMUSIC (I think
). You can find me at my
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Bathtub Sh*tter - Dance Hall Grind
The newest album from those bizarre sh*t-slinging
Japs Bathtub Sh*tter begins with a stylish lo-fi midi-style synthesized
grind song - and it doesn't get any more normal from there. To my knowledge
this is the best recording and production quality the groups has ever been
armed with - and they certainly make the most of it. As they say on their
album; catchier, blastier, groovier and sh*ttier than any Bathtub Sh*tter
For those of you unacquainted with these
mentally unstable Japanese grinders - I would best describe them as a mix
of the French group Gronibard (that bloody high pitched yelp!) and Brutal
Truth. That is, predominately mid tempo groove-laden porno grind with some
thrashier up-tempo passages. And though their lyrics and overall attitude
is sh*t, for the most part they are a fairly musically diverse group. They
also f**k around a lot. Oh and all their songs are literally about sh*t
in broken English. Enjoy!
Brutal Truth - Goodbye Cruel World!
Label: Relapse Records
Reissue by Relapse Records. Disc one is
23 live songs taken from a Brutal Truth tour in Sydney, Australia featuring
the likes of Choice of a New Generation, Walking Corpses, Pork Farm, Kill
Trend Suicide, Godplayer, I Killed My Family, Hippie Cult and many more.
The recording quality for the live section could've been better - the guitar
and bass for the most part are fairly indiscernible and indecipherable.
The drums are very, very week in the mix - bar the symbols. Kevin Sharp
is the only member of the band with decent levels/mix. Disc Two seems to
be a collection of rare tracks, b-sides, split tracks and a couple of sporadic
A good addition to any die-hard fans collection
but considering the recording quality, this isn't really a must have. Great
group, great live show - but this disc really fails to capture the aggressive
sound of Brutal Truth.
Converge - Petitioning An Empty Sky
Genre: Metallic Hardcore
Label: Equal Vision Records
After seeing a collection of live clips
and purchasing You Fail Me and the essential staple Jane Doe, Converge
have become one of my favourite groups. I love the fact they do whatever
the f**k they feel like, all the time injecting so much pure aggression
and above all passion and love for their music; their live performances
are electric, their music raw, furious and uncompromisingly brutal - and
their lyrics powerful.
Equal Vision Records have taken it upon
themselves to reissue Converge's earlier albums coupled with a few cool
extras. At this midpoint in their career Converge are still every bit as
tight, brutal, dissonant and extreme - but with a greater focus on sharp,
discordant riffing. The complicated fingering, atonal vocals and odd time
signatures just add to the whirlwind of blood and splintered bone that
is the chaotic music of Converge.
On Petitioning an Empty Sky (Reissue) there
are however a few seemingly sub-par tracks (such as Farewell Note). Regardless
there are enough skull crushing uptempo violent bursts to make this album
worthwhile (The Saddest Day, Colour Me Blood Red) and the bonus live tracks
and cool slipcase just sweeten the deal.
Frightmare - Bringing Back the Bloodshed
Genre: Death/Thrash Gore/Grind
Label: Equal Vision Records
Now this is how gore should be done! Infused
with plenty of thrash, groove and grind with killer song structures, and
huge production values. Mixing up grooves, blasts, thrashy Ghoul-type riffs
and screeching solos Frightmare's sophomore effort only improves on their
debut. The vocal variation is great; ranging from higher range screams,
Carcass type snarls, death metal grunts and a range of pitch shifted guttural
growls. A solid CD and another killer release from Razorback Records.
Frightmare have returned! Be afraid.
Gadget - The Funeral March
Genre: Swedish Grindcore
Label: Relapse Records
After the extremely untimely demise of
Nasum, people have been looking for another band to fill the unfillable
void the worlds greatest grindcore group left behind. Many have claimed
that band to be Gadget - another rising Swedish grindcore outfit with the
same sheer unabated aggression in their music. No disrespect intended to
the band - but no one will ever replace Nasum, and I don't believe anyone
will or should try to.
Furthermore, as some people have labeled
Rotten Sound, Gadget have been accused of being 'Nasum clones'. And while
I can see the strong influence, I believe Gadget (and Rotten Sound) stand
alone stylistically, and that it is a disservice to these groups to call
them as such.
The first time I heard Gadget's H5N1 off
the new album, it blew me away. Here was a group playing up-tempo grind
with the same intensity and violence of Kill the Client, but with a focus
on a much more progressive grindcore sound. The guitars, clear and razor
sharp, shred though an impressive array of varied riffs. The drummer is
of course, extremely proficient to say the least. And the vocalist has
an aggressive mid-range vocal with enough range to shift his voice up or
down a few octaves as required.
To tell you the truth, after listening
to Kill the Client's Wage Slave and Rotten Sound's Exit and Murderworks,
I would have to say these guys are hands down the most impressive and promising
rising group in the realm of grind. In my opinion, they have already surpassed
Rotten Sound's last excellent full length. An exceedingly promising sophomore
- these guys will definitely be one to watch. I have no idea why they are
not better known in their home country. Need I make myself any clearer?
Buy this f**king album!
Hymen Holocaust - Necromance
Label: No Escape Records
2006 seems to be the year for Dutch gore.
Following No Escape Records' release of the acclaimed Dutch gore/grind
outfit Bile's Camp Blood, and preceding the same groups re-release of cult
classic The Shed comes Hymen Holocaust's Necromance. Hymen Holocaust is
the L.D.O.H. influenced side-project of Marice, the drummer from Clit Eater
(who themselves play killer grind infused with humour and gore).
The album is marked by a sickeningly downtuned
and distorted bass guitar, simple riffing, pummelling double bass and unintelligible
but somewhat varied pitch-shifted vocals, kept interesting by the occasional
groove and spates of humour. The humour is actually what kept me slightly
interested - take the lyrics of Sick Pervert: I fill your c**t with snakes
and eels / you just don't know how good that feels / you're a slave, I'm
your master / I am a horny f**kin' bastard.
While this did interest me a tad more than
Bile, it's still far from my cup of tea. If you like this kind of stuff
you'll probably adore it. I don't. With three reportedly brilliant grind/gore
releases, No Escape seems to be on a role.
Images of Violence - Cadaverous Recomposition
Label: Deepsend Records
The Cadaverous Recomposition EP by Images
of Violence is hindered by several things; the fairly low quality recording,
the extremely low level of bass in the mix, the drums are feebly recorded
and the fairly weak Pig Destroyer type imitation guitar tone. That is not
to say this is a bad album - the song structures themselves are good -
there are a few cool riffs and little tempo changes. But the overall production
of this album is such that it lacks punch.
There also seems to be a preoccupation
with chugga-type riffs and grooves, lacking the variation and experimentation
that made later Pig Destroyer much a success in the world of grind. That
being said, while I don't hate this band or the release, I am certainly
not moved to get into them. Perhaps subsequent efforts will endear me to
Negative Hate - Annabelle the Cannibal
Label: Spent Decibel
I came across Negative Hate purely by chance
on MySpace. Their streaming MP3 caught my ear so I nonchalantly requested
a promotional CD for review. I was confronted with an eerie depiction of
a female Japanese Samurai standing over the body of a defeated man, poised
to eat his heart. I looked through the booklet to find an impressive band
logo and extremely odd song names such as Eagle Shaped Indian Boy and Milk
Then I threw the CD on. Brutal soundscapes
infused with grindcore, metalcore and some industrial flavours greeted
my ears. From my first listen I could tell there was nothing generic about
the group. The music is underscored with start/stop passages, awkward,
crusty Converge type riffs and various screams being lost in a wall of
noise. The lyrics are akin to Pig Destroyer or Converge, similar in their
This New York group certainly has some
strange ideas. At times they reminded me of Biolich because of the disjointed
structures, varied vocal attacks and the ability to seemingly switch between
any number of extreme genres at a whim. While unlike Biolich, the album
started to peter off towards the end, I definitely want to hear all future
efforts from this group. A very impressive and unique release worth checking
out. The group are selling their album at for $10
USD , and are currently working on some whacked-out multi faceted multimedia
That's it f**kheads! See you over at Thrash
or Grindhead Records (www.grindheadrecords.com)!
Oh, and Ebolie has a MySpace site now (www.myspace.com/ebolie).