Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new self titled debut LP from Transient, released via Six Week Records.
1. Bottom Feeder
3. False Philanthropy
4. Narcissus Nemesis
5. Sustain the Yoke
7. Praying Mantic
8. Waste Not
10. Pythia Misunderstood
11. The Shape of Grind to Come
13. Big Man Plick
14. Snoop Scion
15. Swallowing Androcles
16. Van Grinder
I couldn’t really think of an intro to this so I think I am going to be feminist here and tell you how much I love women in Grind, the women of Grindcore are amazing. They’ve been part of bands like Fuck the Facts(Mel Mongeon) and Cloud Rat(Madison Marshalls ) who have changed the dynamics of the genre and have proven that grind can be used to evoke deep emotions other than chaos and anger , such as loss, pain and the ensuing grief. Additionally bands like Lycanthropy (Zdisha) and Cretin (Marissa Martinez) have given some really tight, intense straightforward grind. Damn it! I love all you women of grind! You are really are awesome! Don’t let chauvinist assholes let you down.. I love you all so much that I would buy you all drinks at a bar!!!… ok maybe not but I still love you! and to celebrate that love I am going to review a female fronted grind band today! A band called Transient.
Transient are a four piece from Portland consisting of Krysta Martinez(Vocals) Jesse Shreibman ( Drums) ,Stefan Thompson (Guitar) and Adam Wilson(Bass). Transient have a very diverse sound, one that mixes, blast beat driven grindcore, crushing Nails like metallic hardcore and simple crust/hardcore that blends the skank/ D- beat with chord driven guitar riffs. Although this is the crux of the band’s sound, in some cases one can hear a bit of stoner, yes stoner!! Like in the starting of False Philosophy or at the start and end of Sustain the Yoke. At a few places the band adds some tech grind which can be seen in the song Narcissus Nemesis and Positivism SFP Opt.1. All of these features work for the band’s benefit, and these guys are able to bring a lot of fresh and interesting ideas to the table and mesh them rather well, which of course makes them sound unique and different, and makes them do something that very few bands are able to achieve. In effect, to be playing a form of grind that is catchy, but still able to maintain the brutality and harshness of the genre, and this is honestly something that only Six Brew Bantha have been able to do( these guys are one of my favorite bands by the way). This is in fact quite remarkable if you ask me. On the negative side they do need to be a tad more aggressive, and only by a very slight measure that is indeed a very small gripe that I have with the band.
So in the end Transient turned out to be another female fronted grind band that I ended up loving! I think these guys are fantastic and if this is what they have produced the future can only be brighter and more brutal!! Indeed this band is another reason why I love all the women of Grind!!
PS. I would like to give a shout out to my friend Kylie Ackerson who used to be a woman of grind! She played in a pornogrind band called Rimjob but now she’s a thrasher, Kylie you are awesome!!!
Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new record from All Pigs Must Die titled Nothing Violates This Nature, released via Southern Lord.
Artwork by Aaron Turner of Isis fame. Damn! This is good!! Follow his artwork on his personal blog called the Feral Pig.
01. Chaos Arise
03. Primitive Fear
05. Of Suffering
06. Holy Plague
07. Aqim Siege
08. Sacred Nothing
09. Faith Eater
10. Articles Of Human Weakness
I remember talking about this band called All Pigs Must Die to a friend on Facebook Chat, telling him that it is really brutal and crushing and all the other adjectives used to describe music like this, funny thing is he typed on YouTube and instead came up with a soft yet haunting Neofolk song by Death in June. Both of us laughed at this and then I ultimately gave him the link to the title track from their album God is War with which he was indeed very impressed, so was I, but somehow although liking their music I didn’t really follow the band because at that time I was into things that were a lot faster a lot more chaotic, like Grindcore, or early Powerviolence. I am really glad that I am getting the opportunity now because this is seriously something, which is not to be missed.
All pigs must die is a sludge/hardcore band from Massachusetts, their sound can be best described as sludge mixed with hardcore along with some elements of Death Metal. Mostly so in the tremolos which occur in between the primal raw sludge/hardcore carnage, which are very similar to the ones in Swedish and Finnish Death Metal bands like Entombed and Dismember. These can be best exemplified in Chaos Arise, Silencer, Primitive Fear and Aqim Siege, which takes the metal element one step above as the band adds death metal distortion which is matched to medium tempo double bass, a trademark characteristic of old school death metal. Even though there sound is pretty wholesome as it is, the slower tracks like Bloodlines, which starts with a very middle eastern sounding guitar and later evolves into a slow Integrity like Hardcore, and Of suffering which has a very strong funeral doom vibe and in a few other ways reminds me of Triptykon. This lends a a certain charisma to the album, and also offer some breathing space in between all the slaughter.
So when all is said and done, all I can say is All Pigs Must die know exactly what they want to be but don’t shy away from experimenting , yet know what and where their roots are. This is a great album that I thoroughly enjoyed, here’s hoping for more from them in the future.
Mohammad Kabeer review the new album from Full of Hell titled Rudiments of Mutilation, released via A389 Recordings.
01. Dichotomy 02:10
02. Vessel Deserted 02:11
03. Coven Of The Larynx 01:03
04. Throbbing Lung Fiber 01:02
05. Indigence And Guilt 01:51
06. Embrace 03:37
07. The Lord Is My Light 04:21
08. Bone Coral And Brine 01:54
09. Rudiments Of Mutilation 02:06
10. In Contempt Of Life 03:56
Full of Hell is one of the most exciting bands to watch out for in modern hardcore. Their last album Roots of Earth are Consuming my Home was probably one of the darkest, most “malicious” sounding hardcore I have ever set ears on. Vii caso’s description of their live performance at Maryland Death Fest made the band even more intriguing as according to him It was pure evil with the dark lighting and harsh noise transitions in between songs and too add to that a rabid, visceral frontman. So it was obvious that there new album had some huge shoes to fill.
For those who don’t know and would like to get some background about this band ,Full of Hell is a four piece from Maryland/Pennsylvania , now that that’s taken care of lets get down to business. When compared to their last album the production is much more cleaner, however that does not really take anything away from the band as these guys still sound evil, nasty and at some points even frightening in a completely new way. Whereas the previous album was all about the high gain heavy hardcore, that mixed some doom and sludge, this album is much more experimental , an example of which can be seen in the track Coven of the Larynx which has your typical chord driven guitars played to a skank beat which is layered with oddball dissonance something that would fit well with Deathspell Omega, in fact another track Indigence and Guilt has the skank played along to very detailed, wicked and almost black metal sounding guitars not too dissimilar to other black metal bands today like Nightbringer and Aosoth. This reaches its peak in the track when the bands brand of technical, chaotic hardcore is juxtaposed with weird flanger guitar effects and power electronics. There are some tracks which move away from hardcore as well, for instance The Lord is my Light opens up with somewhat drone-ish guitar work which brings images of insanity, loneliness and desolation which later builds up to a sonic nightmare with weird guitar effects that makes you feel as if everything around you is melting and there’s no way you can run(damn this band fuels me to write!) , and the last track In Contempt of Life where the band experiments with really crushing , sludgy/doomy guitars, which is accompanied by some really chilled laidback stoner rock drumming. But with all of that being said, these elements don’t really take away Full of Hell’s signature sound and in fact adds much more to it, making it much more elaborate.
Thus keeping everything in mind I would say that Rudiments of Mutilation is a challenging, yet highly rewarding release., that will be enjoyed by anyone who is into extreme music, not just hardcore. One of the best hardcore releases of 2013 so far.
Stream the entire album below
We haven’t really gotten out this June, and we apologize for this very fact. Today Mohammad Kabeer reviews the latest from Fubar titled Lead Us To War, released via Give Praise Records.
01. Everything Is Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition 00:51
02. The Demon Rose From Greed 01:04
03. Grief 01:13
04. I Scream Protest! 01:08
05. Beasts As They Are 01:43
06. Requiem For Peace 01:08
07. Dysfunctional Parts Of The Machine 01:19
08. The Iron Cage Of Hope 01:42
09. Let Them Control 01:16
10. Communication Into Nothing 00:27
11. Lead Us To War 04:02
12. Worst Unfolding Tragedy 00:52
13. The Curse Is Upon Us 01:07
14. The Burden On The Back Of The Unknown Men 01:29
15. The Nail Facing Downwards 00:45
16. Flip The Coin 01:01
17. Doomsday Has Crossed The Horizon 01:19
18. Misplaced Faith 00:56
19. Damage Control 01:59
20. The Doom Tornado 01:05
21. Scaring The Monsters 00:31
22. The Sting Of Our Collective Conscience 01:28
Grindcore had its humble origins in the UK, with Napalm Death trying to sound as raw and primal as they can. But if you look at it today, the genre although still maintaining much of its ferocity, is now more open to experimentation with bands like Rotten Sound and Pig Destroyer who have a more refined sound, Noisear, Maruta and Antigama which focus more on the technical side of the genre and, of course, you have bands like Wormrot and Cretin which are a kind of revival of traditional Grindcore. And then there is FUBAR which comes somewhere in the middle.
FUBAR is a band from the Netherlands, their sound is too put it simply, pure old fashioned Grindcore, fitting perfectly with Phobia P.L.F. and Insect Warfare, however when it comes to their actual performance there is more to it than what meets the eye.. or should I say ear . The band triesto mix a lot of melodic elements which are interwoven into their grind and can be heard pretty much throughout the album with songs like I Scream Protest and Doom Tornado, these elements reach their peak in the songs The Demon Rose from Greed and Misplaced faith, which to be honest sound really bad, The former sounds like a bad punk pop song trying to be grind and the latter well.. Doesn’t really sound grind at all in fact it just sounds like really bad… uhmm.. Nu metal, and that’s exactly what’s the problem here. When I heard this album for the most part, what I felt was that these guys were really trying hard to experiment but still stay true to their roots, and honestly that’s all that they could do really.. Try, somehow the melodic stuff sounds very awkward when juxtaposed with old school grind, it doesn’t fit in at all and as a result takes away a lot of the intensity which this album has and I think another reason for this is that I guess is the songwriting, the two don’t really mix seamlessly into each other but seem more like interruptions and don’t fit in well with the dynamics. But then there are some bright shining moments that this album offers and those are when the band decides to go full throttle leaving experimentation aside to play some pure brutal grind with tracks like the very dark The Burden on the broken man the extremely chaotic Communication into Nothing and Doomsday has crossed the Horizon. These moments really reflect the primal side of the band which I enjoy a lot more because I can feel that the band is much more comfortable here and this side of the band seems much more organic. It is the one that they should explore further.
So the final word? Well FUBAR came pretty close but didn’t really get hold of any cigars but had they unleashed that beast hinted at they could have had all the cigars they want.
Stream the entire album below