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Pestilent Reign – Pyres Album Review- 8.5/10 \m/

Pestilent Reign

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Pyres

Chris – Vocals, Lyrics;
Lars – Guitar, Songwriting;
Sebastian – Drums
Mick – Bass

Released 03/16/2018
Rising Nemesis Records

Stuttgart grinding death metal  unit Pestilent Reign dropped this album on 03/16/2018, and holy hell does it deliver.  Its going to (if it hasn’t already) grind you up, and spit you out. Your ear holes will thank you I am sure of it, but don’t think it doesn’t come with a price. Pestilent Reign set out to assault the listener with a barrage of audio artillery. Mission accomplished as far as I am concerned, they do just that and much more.  their blend of death metal walks the lines of grind and death metal. but I wouldn’t call them a death grind band.  They make produce a gritty and deathly sounding style of metal. Having gotten more plays than most of the albums I have gotten early this year, this one stands out.  Pyres doesn’t fit any cookie cutter mold, there is nothing cliche sounding about them, and they sure as fuck don’t pussy foot around things either. Zealot is a great example of that.   Lets break it down.

  1. Martyr

This song begins with a sound clip and gets things started within only a few seconds, simply laying down a nice rhythm and something to get hooked by. the chugging guitar riff around the thirty second mark is what draws the listener in first, and then they pick up the pace with vocals joining in and the beat has that. This song gives me a Misery Index feel to it, the vocals have that similar delivery style. But it doesn’t take me too far into the song before I get a Psycroptic vibe from it also. This is like technical death grind and I fucking love it. If this is how the album will begin I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Right around the 3:30 mark they set things up for a killer breakdown, while I feel they added that bass drop after the bell hit and it took away some credibility. I hate the bass drop thing but they very very quickly recover with the guitars that almost match a track off of Aborted’s “Strychnine 213” album.  Just a driving guitar rhythm and drums to match and I think it carries the song out and into the next song great.

2. You Will Kneel In Piss And Blood

Damn, Martyr rolls right into this and this one takes right off, with a more guttural tone to the vocals and its absolutely brutal sounding.  Get to that :12 second mark and you can hear the ping of the ride and that subtle bit of change around the kit adds just a little bit more of a hook to sink into the listener.  It’s around 180 BPM of constant crushing force, the guitars are chugging along, until around the 1:20 mark and there is a little section where they are transitioning into the next verse that is quite catchy. With one of my favorite things that some vocalists do happening right around the1:44 mark. That vomit spitting exclamation that when done well and at the right time. Is almost like having another instrument.  For anyone who says a vocalist is just someone on a microphone. They don’t take into consideration all the different ranges, and tools that a vocalist has with their own set of vocal chords.   This song is so simple, but so catchy. You can’t help but move in time with the song.  it’s a catchy track. I will say it is only about three and a half minutes long. You will get hooked right away, but it will be over before you wish it was.

3. Savior

This may be my favorite song off this album.  The song has such a simple beginning and a simple formula, but the energy is there, the guitars string you along with the chugging riffs at the :28 mark and then the lead guitar come in at the :37 mark that sinks its hooks right into you. and that’s all they continuously do, they play a simple rhythm, nothing complex, but they mix in great guitar work in and out of the song.  It seems like every time I check the time only about 10-20 seconds goes by before the next guitar line that pleasures my ear holes. This song has a bit more of melodic edge to it at times. The magic that begins right around the 2-minute mark sets up a very nice thirty second section. A nice bell hit on the 2:04 to set up that cool sequence of guitars and drums no vocals. Right at 2:30 the vocals join in again and bulldoze right through each lyrical line for just over thirty seconds and then we get a quick guitar solo to take us into the next wave of the song.

 

4. Ouroboros

Boom right out of the gate with that vocal vomit “Blech” and blast beats with a driving riff to take us into the first verse.  its hitting at around 210 beats per minutes and has such a catchy yet driving rhythm. This is a song that you just start moving to right away. But its right around the 1:18 mark when these guys really deliver a style reminiscent of Misery Index.  I have gotten the Misery Index feel the whole time, but this moment really emphasizes that. Considering Misery Index is one of my favorite bands you can best believe this is hitting me with impressive force. Don’t forget that guitar solo around the 2:45 mark that for being around eighteen seconds long is perfect. It’s not too long of a solo, it’s not to flashy either. Its catchy, long enough and adds just enough to the song to really enjoy this one from start to finish with ease. It’s a very simple track but the intensity is top notch.

 

5. Cleanse The Flesh

This song sounds like a Misery Index track right out of the gate, simple drum set up and then that grinding guitar riff that instantly makes me start mean mugging it. I love the raw aggressive vocal style with this track. There is no pussy fitting around with this song, it’s the shortest track, the bluntest and coarse sounding also. I think you as the listener should listen to this track for yourself to get the full effect.  Three minutes and change long, raw, grinding, and infectious.

 

6. Zealot

Damn this song is one of my faves off this album. It begins with what seems like a very simple beginning. A chugging riff matched with a drum intro matching the rhythm.  by the time the vocals join in. This is a song that in the beginning reminds me of Misery Index. the raw, and aggressive vocal stylings, blended with blast beats and the guitars are on point. Right around the 5: 20 mark this song could strike a nerve with many metal heads as it has a clip from Steven Anderson, leader of the Faithful Word Baptist Church at 2741 W Southern Ave #14, Tempe, AZ 85282 talking about the Paris nightclub shooting that happened during an “Eagles of Death metal” show.   You know because the eagles of death metal or a heavy Satan loving bunch of blasphemers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIwJ872CbME. At the time of this review being written, this video was still available. I guess it finally got through to the guy that he is a blithering idiot. During and after the asinine rantings of Anderson, the band gets into a really cool section, full of groove and having more of a melodic death feel. a sound and style that will suck you right in and then the guitar solo to take you from 5:59 through to the end of the song wrapping this one up nicely. This is my most played track,  I’m reluctant to say the best song of the album. but boy does this song have a killer affect on me as a listener.

7. I.M.T.R.M.

Starting with a bulldozing double bass roll and chugging guitars and the vocals set up the beginning nicely along with the guitars and drums.  Right around the :10 second mark you hear that ping of the ride bell and then shortly after its right into the first verse. they maintain the same drive throughout the song until right around the halfway point, which I would consider to be the chorus section. It’s more melodic than any of the other previous tracks or sections.  They come out of that chorus and go into the next verse which doesn’t last all that long, but finishes the song out with one last “blech” and then it rolls right into Gutters filth. This is not my most played or even favorite song, but it has a good deal to offer.  I am really unable to say that there are any bad songs, or songs I  didn’t like.

8. Gutter’s Filth

Coming right out of the gates they hit us with a fifteen second set up to get things going, and it’s not until the :32 second mark the guitars change into a menacing riff that only leads me to believe the next section is going to be fucking awesome. And it is, the guitars and vocals are flowing together perfectly. Right at the :48 mark when they vocals come in they are rapid fire following the beat of the song. they rip the shit out of you for about twenty seconds and then slow it down to a brutal show of confidence with the seamless change and the Goliath-like vocals to bludgeon and hammer you down.  Around the 1:52 they work back into that rapid fire vocal delivery fueled to the max with unrelenting blast beats.  Right around the three-minute mark they change things up with what reminds me of Redneck Era Lamb of God until they are just about to the four-minute mark.  That last minute and change  is this rapid fire section with the guitars sounding simply un-containable. They just slice right though you and you can’t help but sit, wait for the album to restart and start the whole ride all over again.

For fans of Misery Index, Soreption, Psycroptic.  Leng Tche, and Aborted



 

This album is so damned good. I have had so many mixed feelings about this album and they all revolve around which track I would consider to be the best track on the album. This is their debut full length and it is simply put, a filthy beast. Absolutely crushing and as mentioned above is for fans of Misery Index and Psycroptic. I could hear little moments that reminded me of Aborted from their Strychnine 213 album, I have heard a multitude of influences and what I can say is they put it all together and made something brilliant. I can tell you this will be one of my most played albums of 2018 and for good reason. Not every track sounds the same, and there isn’t a single dull moment in the entire album. Not a single second of bland, mediocre, or stale sound, its raw, its aggressive, and by the sounds of it they will fuck your shit right up if you aren’t quick enough to dodge this haymaker of a heavy hitting album.  8.5/10 \m/

 


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Lock Up- Demonization- Album Review 8.5/10 \m/

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Lock Up

Demonization

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Released March 10th 2017

Shane Embury
Kevin Sharp
Nick Barker
Anton Reisenegger

 

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First started as a side project by Shane Embury, they are now on to their fourth album this time featuring Kevin Sharp on vocals. I had to go back and listen to “Pleasures” with Peter Tagtgren , and then albums with Thomas Lindberg on vocals to be able to compare Kevin to both. I have seen some people express dissatisfaction with this album, and a lot comparing Kevin to Thomas. However to really give Kevin the benefit of the doubt he needed to be heard alongside the Tagtgren style also.  And after listening to a lot of Lock Up recently, I can honestly say, I really enjoy this album. Kevin is a great fit in my opinion. However one thing I really picked up on was the fact that Nicolas Barker had more range on his drums and the clarity of his drums are fucking crisp.  If you have been under a rock and don’t know who Nicholas Barker is, or have known any of his other bands. He played with Cradle of Filth on five albums including Cruelty and the Beast, as well as Dimmu Borgir and a handful of other bands with albums an E.P.’s.  but the one thing I always wished you could get from a Lock Up album was to get better sound of Nicks Drums.  But with songs like “The Decay Within The Abyss” Nick rattles off a roll out on the toms that you just didn’t get on previous albums.  It has just that much more to offer than previous albums when it comes to the drums in my opinion.  The album starts out with “Blood And Emptiness” a solid opening track, music starts out hard and fast after a short sound clip.  They slow it down, but you hear the first example of Nick’s drums being so crystal clear around the :53 second mark.  This is the moment when my ears perked up, and I knew that this album was going to be a good listen. The song goes through a few tempo changes but really maintains a heavy dose of death grind in typical Lock Up style.  They follow up with The Decay Within The Abyss” and that tracks starts right out of the gates with such a clean and fluid rollout on the toms before engaging an arsenal of blast beats.  This song really gets the listener amped up with plenty of blast beats but also riffs that provide a thick layer of groove.  I find I enjoy this album so much because of the added elements with this album.  Nick is an unbelievable drummer, the guy has so much talent and unless you were a fan of his, you might not realize it. I think in all previous albums my biggest gripe was even though nick was the drummer, his name in the credits. I just didn’t hear the Nick Barker I had listened to for years. To be honest the only reason I became a Lock Up fan in the first place was because I saw Shane Embury, and Nicholas Barker were in a band, and I knew it was going to be cool.  There are still tracks like “Locust” that are basically saturated with grinding blasting mayhem that are going to keep the die-hard’s satisfied. I really have enjoyed my time listening to this album. The album has the same raw aggression as previous albums, but it has Kevin Sharp on the microphone, and that adds a few other spices blended into this album. Kevin has a bit of a blend between Tagtgren and Lindberg almost down the middle, he has similarities to both vocalists prior. I dig this album, and I like what Kevin brings to the mix, but being able to hear Nick’s drums with more free range and crisp sound really helps out.  8.5 / 10 \m/

 

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Buckshot Facelift announce new album “Ulcer Island” due out Mid- April. \m/

 

New York powerviolence death grindcore veterans Buckshot Facelift (who just back in October put out a a little 3 track E.P. including a Ramones cover.) Today they announce their upcoming fourth full-length, Ulcer Island, at  41-minutes long this album is sure to pack a punch . Ulcer Island will be released through Paragon Records on April 14th.

Vocalist Will (Artifical Brain, Afterbirth) comments on the album: “Ulcer Island is a concept album in which the narrative gradually moves from the oblique street level view into a dreamlike introspection, Ulcer Island‘s blend of grindcore, powerviolence, and death metal is arranged in a way that mirrors this transition as the album progresses.”

Ulcer Island Track Listing:
1. Ulcer Island
2. Czech Yourself
3. Afterbirth Puzzle 2016
4. Ascend to Descend
5. Burn the Baby Raper
6. OxyDocs
7. Sundress Skeletor
8. Comptroller Cult
9. What Does Fergus Dream Of?
10. Hell Eats Repetition (Goodbye)
11. Don’t Hang from the Pipes
12. Weathered Mask of Autumn (Unearthing the Armless)
13. Delusions of a New Age
14. Dustification (End Times Version)
15. A Trophy Cup Intoxicant

 

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The Devil’s Due- December 26th- Asphalt Graves- The New Primitive- Album review 8/10\m/ album stream plus video for “Angst And Praise”

Asphalt Graves

The New Primitive

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Released June 24, 2016

Jason Netherton – Vocals
Adam Faris – Guitars
Brent Purgason – Bass Guitar
Shannon Lucas – Drums

 

 

Today the devil has brought us one of our favorite albums of 2016. It came out and really did not get the attention it deserved.  There are several reason why this album is one of the best, and deserves credit.  Let’s start with the borderline supergroup line up. First and foremost you have Jason Netherton on vocals. you know from Dying Fetus, and Misery Index, yea the guy knows metal, has actually given a presentation in Finland at the Modern Heavy Metal conference with notable names in metal like Scott Ian and many more. So my point being, Jason is a very important person in metal culture and had even put together a book on a look at the history of metal over the years. So yea the guy has taken metal to many extremes and documented them all.  Now you throw in Shannon Lucas and you have the guy behind several BDM classics, and an all-around solid drummer.  I mean these are only two members but they all come from bands like; GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Misery Index/ Dying Fetus.  Driven and heavy brutal death/grind mashed up into a solid album with 13 tracks of blasting chaos. I will note, that while Misery Index is one of my all-time favorite bands, listening to Asphalt Graves is like listening to early Misery Index. Jason sounds more raw, and unfiltered. The guitars have that buzz saw distortion and are nailing down catchy rhythms in between face disfiguring brutal riffs. This album did not get enough credit, I felt I needed to revisit this album because it is just too damn good to leave unmentioned. Personal favorite tracks include; No Feast (Without Cruelty), Mass Graves, and Stop Resisting. We absolutely loved this album and look forward to more from this killer collaboration. 8/10\m/

 

 

 

 

 

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God Enslavement’s debut album “Consuming The Divine ” review

God Enslavement

Consuming the Divine

Vincent Matthews – vocals
Björn Köppler – rhythm and lead guitars
Déhà – rhythm and lead guitars
Kevin Olasz – solo guitars
Julian Roos – bass
Adam Jarvis – drums


 

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  1. Sine Nomine Sum

This song is the introduction track, this is the introduction to not only the album, but the band as well. A fresh band with some key players in the metal game, this is the first thing you hear from God Enslavement. It has a dark operatic feel to it, setting the scene while you listen. You know in your gut, that what is about to follow is going to pummel you, it will fragmentalize you into a pulpy mass beyond recognition. Prepare yourselves for track two.

 

  1. Belial Within

This is the first time you will hear God Enslavement, and they come in hard and fast with this track. We hear Adam play a quick roll out on the toms and then a mean guitar riff chugging right along with the tempo. It has an old school death metal feel to it, guaranteed to make you headbang within the first five seconds of the song play. When the vocals come in around the twelve second mark we hear the sound of Vince Mathews on the mic. He has a distinct style and it fits this style to a “T”. The song propels your adrenaline levels and will get you moving whether you want to or not. This song is a mere 3:33 minutes long and is like an open water feeding frenzy. Right at the :50 second mark there is a quick little transition and then the rhythm that follows is intense, the guitars match the drums perfectly, but don’t think it was going to maintain that specific pace and beat for the whole song. No they take it to a brutal low with a diabolical growl at the 1:21 mark and it slows down for a punchy bludgeoning rhythm. Just when you thought the song couldn’t get any heavier, you hear the song set things up just before the 1:30 mark, and then you hear one the most brutal moments in metal of 2016. This is the type of brutal metal, that when you hear Vince’s vocal delivery, you can’t help but get excited. Because you just got blown away by how evil and brutal the song sounds with Vince hitting and emphasizing each syllable with brute force. This is the first song, and will make metal heads from every continent throw their horns up. For the metal heads like me, that grew up listening to death grind from back when, to the younger generations of metal heads who haven’t heard death grind done right God Enslavement will appeal to the masses.

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  1. Consuming The Divine

The band wastes no time with this song, there is no beating around the bush, or trying to allow the listener to get acclimated to the 666 Kiloton blast coming from Adams drums and Vince’s vocals. All the while the guitars are spinning an evil web of this infectious riff that will have you falling victim to the groove. The song has a great beat to it, forcing you to be tapping your foot, or head banging. If this song was to play at a club, well let’s put it this way, a full medical team and triage center should be set up for the aftermath of what most likely will be the end result of all the bodies violently colliding into each other. This is some brutal fast paced unfiltered death grind, and will leave you ravenous for more. This song doesn’t need any highlighted moments, it has start to finish brutality and ends almost the same way the song begins, straight up, and no chaser.

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  1. God Enslavement

The guitars and drums start this song with a cool rhythm, something to get you acclimated, nothing over the top. That’s not what these guys are doing here, nope not at all. This song is a slower paced, brutal bare fisted enforcer, of a song. Right around the: 18 mark Vince joins in, delivering guttural assault right along with the beat. They lay down thick groove with this track, leaving you involuntarily headbanging. The 1:25 mark they play this riff on the guitars, nothing over the top but when you hear it. You lock right in, like you are on the same wavelength as these guys. Vince’s vocals fit perfectly with that beat, and really adds to the heaviness of the song. Aside from Adams blast beats, this song is like a god damn M4A4 Sherman tank, not a blazing fast song, no it’s a slower roll right over and crush you type of song. Songs like these are the gift from the band, the gift that allows you to catch your breath, count your teeth, and grab a drink because the rest of this album is going to leave you with an unquenchable thirst.

 

  1. Ritual Copulation

The beginning of this emphasizes some old school death, right around the :18 mark when Vince comes in with the vocals, I can’t help but think of “Stop at Nothing” one of my favorite Dying Fetus albums. I mean I will not take anything away from all members of this band, not at all. I love metal and will always tell you how I feel about a song. This song is a song that makes me focus a lot on Vince. He has this sound, one you can pick out of a crowd of vocalists. He has a specific style of vocals delivery, the guy has this sound like a demonic angle grinder. With a mic in hand, he can cut through you or grind you down to nothing.  Isolate Vince for a moment and you understand what I am saying. Now add the rest of the band in and you have this brutal song with a groove, just pay attention to the 2:00 minute mark when you hear Deha chugging along, and Björn attacking your auditory senses with his guitar work. That heavy groove filled section will cause uncontrollable violent outbursts of any and every limb not tied down. Metaphorically this song is like strapping you to a deli slicer and taking you down slice by slice starting feet first, yet you still be throwing up those horns \m/ or playing air guitar around the 3:16 mark. Either way, after listening to this song you will feel the uncontrollable temptation to repeat this song. This song shows the range that Vince possesses, from the guttural death metal lows, to the grind influences. This is for me, is the best I have ever heard Vince, and that statement right there is what makes this one of the best releases happening in 2016.

  1. Enlightenment

Yes, yes, yes, this song starts out with an intensity that we just don’t hear any enough of. This beginning is unbelievable. Just listen to the guitars grinding away a menacing riff all the while Adam is tearing shit up like he’s a god damn machine. Right at the :08 second mark, Vince lets out a short vocal burst and at that moment you realize this song is going to decimate all that  will listen to it. That shit gets me amped up right there. Not all vocalists possess that classic metal trait, the short blurt, grunt, growl whatever you want to call it, you know in that moment, Vince is one of the guys that executes it perfectly each time. When you hear the beginning, you know you are in for a wild ride. It has this brutal set up, Vince grips the mic and the band locks down a groove. After that, there is no turning back. This song should come with a disclaimer, a warning of sorts. Really! This song is what you listen to right before you are about to throw down. One doesn’t listen to this song without getting amped up and ready to throw down. The whole beginning gets you amped up, and then the guitar riff at the :25 second mark is infectious, and only gets better as the song continues to play. It cuts right through you without any hesitation whatsoever. It’s far too early to say this is my favorite track, but this will be a fan favorite when all is said and done. Early in the song, they hold true to their unmatched brutality, the :40 second mark holds some heavy hitting blows. Just listen to those guitars, and then the blast beats. By the 1:15 mark the guitars and drums set things up for a catchy yet punishing section.  You can’t help but move to the music right there. There is no explanation except that your body is not used to music this brutal, and surgically precise. Just when you thought these guys had shown all their cards, the 4:13 minute mark we hear some eerie organs straight out of a Vincent Price movie. One can only hope that this song gets played live. Scratch that, one can hope these guys play out live, because based on this album, the writing of the music, to see them would be a no brainer for any fans of death metal.

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  1. The dysfunctional Creation

It’s songs like this that always makes me spin it a few times before I even think about reviewing it. The song starts out slower yet so heavy and quite brutal. It gives you this feeling that someone is about to meet their maker. This intro is only about ten seconds long, but it’s long enough to really give this dark, pure evil vibe about it. The blasts begin and the guitars continue playing the groove filled riff that starts the song. The vocals coming in right around the :10 second mark, they come in with this demonically heavy delivery, which follows the guitars. The first verse is undeniably catchy, and follows right along with the guitars accenting the groove that they lay down. They come out of the first verse in similar fashion as the introduction, to the beginning the second verse. I can’t get over this song beginning, it is so damn heavy hitting, and then they roll right into a change of pace at the :53 mark picking up the tempo. Giving it this thrash feel and throwing  some grind in the mix. Only for Kevin to give us the gift of a guitar solo at the 1:11 mark and shredding for close to thirty seconds, transitioning back to the rhythm for the first verses. Not only do they spring one guitar solo on us, but they do it again after the halfway point of the track. This is such a bad ass track. If I didn’t know better I’d say this song cannot be topped. However the album has increasingly gotten more brutal, more in depth, the groove gets thicker each time, and the rhythms are infectious.Right at the tail end of the second guitar solo at the 2:35 minute mark Vince joins in with a catchy line while the solo rings out.  The 3:00 minute mark takes us down a road of pure, unfiltered death metal groove, just listen to Vince executing those lyrics right with the beat. This moment in the song will get people moving fast and hard, that much can be said for certain. The way Vince is pulling off the lyrics for the remainder of this section is nothing short of infectious. Really making you want to sing along as this moment right here. as far as song endings go well the last minute of the song is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

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  1. Katharsis Through Decapitation

The beginning of this song gives of a vibe like you are marching to the executioner awaiting your turn to become a foot shorter. This ten second intro really lays down the pace and locks in a groove. Just listen to the guitar riff trading off with Adam’s fills for the first ten seconds of the song, and you will know what I mean. Then the rhythm continues and Adam plays a solid few bars of soul crushing blast beats setting the song up for Vince to join the party with his demonic guttural vocal delivery.   The general tempo is right around 220 BPM, and 110% rock solid death metal with a groove you can’t ignore. Right around the thirty second mark they go from verse to and transitions out with a sinister rhythm. This song is a great example of why Vince Mathews is the right vocalist for the job. Rapid fire, demonically low guttural vocals that cut right through you. The only thing to top the brutality of this is right around the 2:00 mark the song takes a most satisfying turn with the bridge. Holy shit is this song going to be my favorite almost based on that, and that moment alone. This song is heavy hitting, it has everything you are looking for out of a death metal band, no frills, no sugar coating anything. This is some old school death metal at its finest. This will be a track that will stick out to many, and will be a fan favorite. This song has that ominous march in the beginning that feels like a one way trip to the fallbeil (guillotine) and the song only gets better along the way.

 

  1. Ungodly Opposition

I love the introduction of this song, a heavy thirty plus seconds of killer guitars and hard hitting drums. When Vince joins in and the song takes shape they kick it into high gear, by picking up the pace. This is an excellent song to be following Katharsis. The whole time Adam is relentlessly hammering away with the double bass, only a few moments he is not playing blistering blast beats, or decimating double bass. The guy is a force to be reckoned with, and the more I listen to not just this song, but this album. The more I believe they couldn’t have any drummer that fits as well as Adam. Right around the 1:14 mark a strategically placed shredding guitar solo really hits the spot. This song is short and to the point at just under three minutes long you get locked in a groove, get your ass kicked by some malicious rapid fire drums, and get to enjoy an old school death guitar solo.

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  1. Insatiable Hunger

This is the type of song that right from the beginning you are headbanging, following that beginning rhythm and waiting to see just how brutal will this song become. By the :22 mark Vince joins the assault with his vocals, and makes the already established groove, just that much more solid. The energy level of this song is up there, and really fits the title of the track perfectly. The song is brutal, and right around the 1:56 mark they bring their game. For about a minute and a half we hear some really fucking cool guitar work from the melodic beginning of the guitar solo, following it the solo progresses and picks up. This is such a killer section of the song, just this section alone could be its own song that’s how good it is. Adam compliments the guitars by locking the beat in, and keeping the momentum going while Kevin’s solo is capturing our attention, mesmerizing us and carrying the listener to another world. Only to drop the listener right back into some brutal death metal to finish the song up.

  1. Itneris

At last we have the final track, it is like something you would hear from a horror movie. It adds imagery to the album, and for people like me I love a track like this that finishes the album with something that sounds like pure concentrated evil.

 

 

How does one not rate this album as a 10/10? There is not a single track that bores you. Shit I could play the first 25 seconds of “Enlightenment” on a loop that’s how bad ass just one track out of the entire album is. This is an album that will blow you away, there isn’t any band playing anything like this right now. For a debut album, they are raising the bar so high, it will be one of those albums that when you listen to it, you are going to remember when you hear God Enslavement for the first time. For many like me, you will listen to this and hope that these guys play in a live setting because the formula is impeccable. For many, this will be an iconic album, an album that when you hear it, it’s like you are hearing something new for the first time. Nothing about this album makes you want to skip to the next track unless you are so excited listening that you can’t wait in that case, I get it. But what I noticed was how many times I was repeating the songs. As well as how I would repeat a song and find something else that blew me away. You get caught up in how brilliant this album is, that you miss a few areas of killer metal. This album is some real death metal fused together with some subtle thrash and grind influences. If you are looking for something that’s going to sound like everything out there, then be prepared, because it doesn’t. Now I’m not going to say you won’t like it based on that, but you are going to hear something brutal and heavy that you may not be prepared for. Adam’s unmatched drumming, between Bjorn and Déhà the guitars manage to rip into you with some killer riffs, and then throw Julien into the mix and the three lock down a groove. I am always looking for that groove, it’s what really makes a song work. It is what gets you head banging, tapping your foot, it gives you that feeling inside where you are feeling damn good about what you are listening to. That groove is important to the music, without it, you have uncontrolled chaos. Throw the distinct vocal stylings of Vince Mathews (you may not know him by name, but if you have heard him before you can pick him out pretty easily) and you have a winning formula. Whoever thought taking all these members and putting them together to make an album is someone who will become a bigger name in metal.  Every one of these members comes from a killer band/background, so what we have here is a small handful of some great musicians playing some brilliant impressive and brutal death metal.

 

 

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Misery Index

Maladie

Yhdarl

Shattered

Criminal Element

Deadborn

Effloresce

Sources Of I

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If there has been one band missing from todays soundwaves, it has been the veterans of grind Gadget. These guys   crank out some killer grinding metal, their  long awaited album just dropped Friday, 17 killer tracks and we are really enjoying what they have done on this album. check it out

 

 

 

 

 

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The Disciplined Drummers of metal for March 2016 is the heavy hitting Adam Jarvis

This months Disciplined Drummers of metal we spoke to  Adam Jarvis one of the hardest working drummers in metal today. He is known for playing behind the kit  for bands like Misery Index, and Pig Destroyer to name a few. So to help you guys get through the hump day, here is an interview I did with the man himself.

 

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Badger- So last time we talked was back in October you were on tour, it was a great time I know I had a blast. Some good beer was consumed that day haha.  Then a few months after I see an announcement for a new project, and just recently saw a video of you tracking drums. So the big news is God Enslavement, tell me a bit about this new band you’re in.

 Adam- Yea so the album just got mastered I believe over the weekend so I’m supposed to be getting the finalized tracks and it should be released by late spring early summer, I may need to get back to you on that one. But yea its guys from all over Europe, and Germany

 

Badger- Yea it’s a pretty diverse lineup I mean you have Bjorn, then you, Vince, you have Julien from Shattered, you know you have Kevin, I mean everyone in this lineup is pretty notable. This is like (in my opinion) a super group.

 Adam-Yeah you know, the one guy Bjorn hit me up, and said “you know we got this material and you know we have all talked about it, and we think you would be an awesome fit, and we think its right up your alley.” I have been approached by multiple bands and usually I need to at least enjoy the material to put my name on it. I don’t want to record something just for the sake of recording something and having my name on it. It’s essentially going to be a part of my legacy you know.

 

Badger- Yea you definitely want to take pride in your work, you want to do it for the music, and what you want for sound, not just anything that comes your way. You sound like you are doing it because of your love of music and metal, so that’s cool.

Adam- Yea exactly so, yea when I heard the first couple of songs I thought “damn those are some killer riffs.” I believe it’s like 8-9 songs. And you know I used to be in Criminal Element with Vince Mathews and he was in Dying Fetus. They were actually going to have a different vocalist, so I was asking them because I had only heard the music so I wanted to know what type of vocals would be going over the top. Because dude, vocals can make or break a band, they are very important. I mean they have always been very important to me even more so now sometimes I think “ hey this band is pretty good, and then I hear the vocals and think Damn it WTF”

 

Badger-Yea they can definitely make or break, but Vince Mathews, that’s pretty cool because the last I had heard he wasn’t doing too well, but obviously now he is ready and able to do vocals on this project. I liked when he was in Dying Fetus as well as Criminal Element so I’m stoked to hear his vocals laid down on this.

 Adam- Yea and he helped me out a lot when I came out to Maryland , in 2004 first place I lived I was with Vince, hahaha those were some crazy times so it came time. The guys were like “so the vocalist backed out, do you know anyone that might be able to fit or may be interested.” And the whole time when I was listening to the music I kept think “Damn dude Vince’s vocals would be a perfect fit over this.   So I hit him up, and he was really excited that I asked him to even do it.   I called him and said “yo dude I would like you to be a part of this” and he was really taken back by it and was like “holy shit I can’t believe you asked me to do this” For me I’m thinking “dude your motherfucking Vince Mathews what are you talking about”

 

Badger- Sometimes there’s someone you know is perfect for the position and then you hear them and it justifies things and locks everything in.

Adam- yea so I’m stoked for people to hear it and its just straight up old school death, thrash, there’s some grind influence. It definitely has some more of that old school feel and approach.

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Badger- That’s awesome! I can’t wait to hear that.

So 2016 this makes band number 5. You have Misery Index, Pig Destroyer, Asthma Castle, Fulgora, and now God Enslavement, what are we going to see in 2016 from the other bands? You put Stratagem out last year so I’d say it’s safe to say you’re not doing a new album with them right now but any tours?

 Adam-With Fulgora we have a few songs written, we have a song that we recorded at Phil’s studio, and that’s supposed to be released on Housecore TBD so yea it will probably be a while before we get a Full Length out I’d say, it might be possible by the end but maybe 2017. Asthma castle recorded about a year since I did the drums, but unfortunately our vocalist quit, so that was a bit of a setback but there was like one guy that I thought of that when he quit we recorded this , I mean we aren’t signed, this is like a side project for me. I love it, it’s a different change of pace, and we all get along so we have a guy and we are going to start jamming with him. Actually second jam will be this week. So hopefully vocals will be done by this summer and released this year. And PD is about 4 songs in for the new record, so we have actually jammed 1 of those songs a few weeks back, so that’s exciting to be working on some new Pig Destroyer  material. And you know my cousin John is in the band now too so. It’s the first record with him on it so that’s exciting.

 

Badger-Oh hell yea John, he is no stranger to the business so that’s definitely cool

 Adam- yea I mean he’s in Agoraphobic Nosebleed and in Fulgora so were in another band back in the day called all will fall, so yeah me an him have been jamming since I was probably 8-9 so it goes back a long way. As far as new stuff coming out that’s probably it. Killing gods is about 1.5 year old?

 

Badger- yea it came out around my birthday so around may 2014

 Adam- Yea you’re right yea.

 

Badger- so I have seen a few big shows you guys are booked to play here in 2016, so I’m guessing your touring schedule is starting to pile up

 Adam- yea unfortunately we can’t tour as much as we used to I work full time on top of being in five bands, and Mark has a kid now, and he’s going to school. And he actually just started working at Extreme management group.

 

Badger- hell yea that’s a big outfit

 Adam- yea they rep bands like suffocation, they have a lot of people under their belt. So he just started working for them so that’s real cool. Jason back and forth from states and Finland, so he’s actually working on his PhD right now and yea we just got to be more selective.

Back in 2006 we would do 200 shows a year so anything that came up we would say yep let’s do it, but now a days we have to plan, we have a lot more responsibility now so we can’t be selfish, marks got a wife I have a girlfriend it’s not easy on people. But we do have the one European run this summer. We are hitting some pretty awesome festivals. We’re playing one in Vancouver that’s going to be badass it just got announced a few weeks ago and it’s got Suffocation and Dillinger Escape Plan, and Job For A Cowboy their first show in a few years, Cattle Decapitation, Dave Lombardo’s new band Dead cross will be on it. So yea a lot of awesome bands. And when we got the offer we didn’t really know , we thought we were going to be the headliner and then this thing gets booked and I looked and called mark and was like “ holy shit dude this is a big festival” it’s not like doing down to the dew drop in.

 

Badger- one question because I am in ton of FB groups so I have seen a few people here and there ask about drum shoes. So your go to brand, have you tried others or do you just you the tried and true style.

 Adam- I’ve been rocking DB drum shoes for years, they’re my go to, and they’re really lightweight really durable they last. I have had pairs last me years even with all the touring. A guy named jerry at DB he is an awesome cat. I always prefer to play esp. on tour to play in different shoes than what I wear every day, because you feel disgusted after if you were to stay in the same shoes after a show. It’s a necessity, their almost like an equivalent to a water shoe, very flexible lightweight. I have had people call them ballerina shoes. but I like the dexterity, and they are tight. They are my go to, and I have been wearing them for… going on ten years now at least ten years. They’ve been around for a while, you don’t seem them too much but when you do you see many drummers wearing them. I know the dude from arch enemy wears them, Danny walker he uses them, I don’t want to say anyone who doesn’t you know but if you look at the roster it’s pretty stacked with great drummers. Yea Mike Hamilton, he’s another one, he was in deeds of flesh, but he’s in exhumed now. They’re definitely amazing shoes I’m not saying it because I’m endorsed, these shoes are the real deal.

 

Badger- so I was going to ask this yesterday, but I will put a spin on it. So who were you routing for to win the super bowl?

 Adam-I was actually, I wasn’t in favor of any team. But I wanted to see Peyton go out with a win, Cam was a J.A. He was a baby about it

Badger- I listen to sports radio a lot, and they were saying that he was one of the biggest guys on the field and he recoiled away from the fumble. How does that happen when you are the largest guy?

Adam- oh I know, he regretted that one. His passing was off, they just didn’t look like a SB team.

Badger- some moments were painful to watch, If Peyton does retire it’s on a high note, and he didn’t want to say for sure.

Adam- yea but he did say what type of beer he was going to have after. Hahaha I actually just got myself a six pack of Hopslam from Bells Beer. That stuff’s good you can only get one sixer at a time so, and at like 20 something a six pack, I mean you got me that Heady Topper so you know your beers if you’ve never had that? Do you get bells there?

 

Badger- sometimes I have to go to mass to get some beers. Like the iron maiden beer I can’t get it in NH but I can head down to the mass border and get some.  I have had some brown note from KY, (this is when I explain the brown note from the league) so the front of the can is hilarious it’s a brown ale but it is absolutely great. I’ll send you the picture. Another good one was a brewery in RI, if you guys come up my way I will have to get you a growler of this stuff. It has a summer ale taste like blue moon or Sam summer but it tastes like it would be around 2% but it’s actually close to 12 % so when you drink a glass it hits you, and you don’t expect it to hit you as hard as it does because it tastes so damn light. The stuff is awesome!

Badger- so what are you listening to currently, CD iTunes vinyl?

 Adam- well actually I was just listening to acid bath. Well new stuff or?

 

Badger- anything whatever you are listening to

 Adam- I discovered porcupine tree a few years ago, and it was from reading Opeth’s Hall Of Fame entry in Decibel for Blackwater Park, they mentioned Steven Wilson, and I was like I remember that guy, then I remember he did that project Storm Corrosion thing with Mikael Akerfeldt, and Steven Wilson, and it’s just like very eerily serene at times and I guess you could say like kind of post rock meets Shoegaze which is one of the weirder genres. But yea a lot of porcupine tree and S. Wilson, and something I have been listening to that just terrifies me but it’s so damn good is a band called Dødheimsgard  from Norway.

 

Badger- yea you were talking about them after the Worcester show,

 Adam- oh yea I was they are still just so good their newest album is called like umbra omega. It’s just nasty, it is real nasty. I also have been going back on the classics that I used to listen to all the time like older Monstrosity, actually this morning I was listening to Demolition Hammer, a bit more thrash, but it has Alex Marquez, he played with Malevolent Creation on retribution but let’s see what else, newest faith no more album is good, new baroness.

 

Badger- that is good, I have to get it on vinyl, because I was being a bit picky about vinyl so I wanted to wait to hear it first but it is definitely vinyl worthy

 Adam- yea it is I bought it on vinyl they played in Baltimore I saw them and when they toured they were sold out every show, I saw them in Baltimore and it was amazing absolutely amazing. So yea that’s what I have been listening to lately.

 

Badger- Awesome well it sounds like 2016 will be a great year for you, and the bands you are a part of, for me it’s a great year because that just means there’s some great metal happening, and I am really pumped to hear God Enslavement.

Thank you for your time, and stay brutal my friend.

Adam, – Alright dude, thanks again. Cheers.

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Magrudergrind release video for “Sacrificial Hire” ahead of their February album release date of “II”

After 6 years Magrudergrind are ready to release another album titled  “II”

They have dropped the official video for the track ” Sacrificial Hire” ahead of the album release.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hothfest 2016 lineup and interview with Jamie

Hothfest- 2016

Maximum Capacity Chicopee, MA 01013

01/09/2016-01/10/2016

 

Metal Festivals happen every year all over the world, these festivals are one of the greatest shows metal heads end up going to. Getting a chance to see metal bands from all over at the same venue, be it an open air stadium, or other concert halls. Many metal heads like myself have great memories from going to big festivals, hearing and seeing bands we are stoked to see, to discovering bands that we had never heard before. In the Northeast U.S. there is really only one big festival that has been happening annually since 1999. But that is just not enough to satisfy the appetite of metal heads across the region. This is when a drummer and tattoo artist from the Massachusetts area decided he had waited long enough, and was going to take matters into his own hands. Jamie Cross came up with Hothfest last year and is doing it again this year around. Hothfest -2016 we will be witnessing 30 bands over the course of two days. To make things even better its on a weekend, Saturday and Sunday, that means for most you wont have to miss work to go to an awesome metal show.

I had the chance to talk to Jamie and ask him a few questions about Hothfest 2016 to get an idea,  what started it all, and what to expect.

 

 

Badger- So this is the second annual Hothfest, have you already noticed more exposure of this festival than when you did it last year?

 Jamie- A little bit, I mean I’m trying a bit harder, I went to other shows and have been passing out postcards to everybody. Of course there’s Facebook and doing the old school thing driving around and putting up flyers but I’m just hoping for the best. It should be good

 Badger- Yea I think so, and what prompted you to organize a metal festival in the first place?

 Jamie- When I did it last year I kind of did it just for fun and it turned out pretty good, and then I had bands from across the states offering to play so, I mean I probably had one hundred bands offer to play this year so I had to pick and choose but yea it’s awesome.

 Badger- That’s cool, that very promising now I am looking forward to 2017 already hearing that.

Jamie- I know right me too, I can’t wait

 Badger- So what has the general reaction been from the bands last year? Were you like reaching out to bands last year, and this year they are coming to you to do it?

 Jamie- Yea I reached out to a couple that played last year and they did well, and a lot were friends of bands so I had people say “ you gotta check out this band,” so I got a lot of that and bands started hitting me up offering to play, offering to get on it.

 Badger- Now here is a metal festival with  a lot of bands playing,  do you have any sponsors for this? Or is it all you?

 Jamie- No I do it all myself man,

Badger- That’s pretty cool, good for you man that’s awesome.

Jamie- Yea I just put like the music stores and logo on our artwork because they were letting me hang stuff up there to help out.

 Badger- Now do you have any times for what time the doors open and what time it’s going to run till on Saturday, and then the same for Sunday?

Jamie- Yea I am not positive on that last year doors opened at noon, and bands started at 1. So I’m assuming the same, I haven’t figured out the times yet, I have a few other shows going on right now also that I am working on.

 Badger- What other shows do you have going on?

Jamie- Well this Saturday I have what’s called jingle jam, it’s a toys for tots thing with 9 bands on that, it’s a metal show all ages two bucks bring a toy. It’s called jingle jam and there is a Facebook page for that too. I got a couple of tribute bands on that and some locals playing.

Badger- Any shows besides that one?

Jamie-Then after that, the next one is actually after Hothfest and its January 23rd and called musical masterpiece theater the art of the guitar edition. It’s going to be a metal show for the sickest guitar players. I have Mark Rizzo from Soulfly headlining, and then I have Dave Sharp and the Solar Power, a few other ones are going to be on that, and I am still waiting to hear back from them.

 Badger-So I know, I can’t remember where the venue was originally going to be, but was it a case of so many bands and people showing interest that caused the venue change?

Jamie- No actually something had happened and they switched owners so I am actually having shows there now. I had already moved it so we are going to keep it where it is (Maximum Capacity) I know the guy that owns it now so and they own both venues so I will be throwing shows at both venues. Yea I have a big summer show I throw that has about 30 bands called rocking on the river and it’s my birthday bash, and we have that at the waterfront. So I already booked that again this year.

Jamie-That one’s kind of like Hothfest but the summer instead. I do about four or five big shows a year, when bands play every weekend people sometimes don’t want to show up. So (with a big show they are more likely to show up)

Badger- yea I know my old band we would play the same club almost every weekend because we were tight with the owner. But we knew that some people didnt want to come and see us every Friday or Saturday, it is what it is, and you always have the group that wouldn’t miss a show for the world.

 Jamie- We have our first show in NH playing at the Shaskeen pub in Manchester. It’s January 2nd and I am pretty psyched because we haven’t played anywhere else except from around here so it should be fun.

 Jamie- We sound like COC and Pantera that who we get compared to all the time, two of my favorite bands so I will take that. We are half rock half metal so.

 Badger-Are there any updates you want the readers and local to know about this show? Your band? What you are putting into this, other stuff about you? I know you do tattoos so…?

 Jamie-Yea I own a tattoo studio, I do some work for bands cd artwork, t-shirt all that stuff. At the shows the background for Hothfest that’s one of my paintings I did I actually just got the posters in for Hothfest, so I will be driving around and hanging wherever places will let me.

 Bader- I know you had just done a painting event,

Jamie-Yea called who wants to paint with me. We had a blast, it was a lot of fun.

Badger-Is that something you think you will be doing more of?

Jamie-Yea every couple of months I am going to do it, this time around I am going g to limit it to around 25 people so I know and have them pay up front. We had a blast, listened to metal and local bands all night.

 Jamie-If I could add one more thing the band Defeated Sanity will be here all the way from Germany they haven’t been in the states for about 5 years. So that’s going to be a pretty cool deal that they are playing at Hothfest and they are bringing a band called Iniquitous Savagery from Scotland with them so we have this whole European/ UK tour coming this way and also a band from California, and then metal bands from NH, MA, Vermont pretty much everywhere around here.

Jamie- Dehumanized will headline Saturday, and carnivore will headline Sunday

Jamie-Sunday is more of a local thing, and closer, and the travelling bands are playing on Saturday.

 Badger-That’s pretty good planning, especially for like Defeated Sanity who are on tour. Thank you for setting up a sick metal festival, thanks for trying to keep the metal scene going around here, and thank you for the phone call.

Jamie- Cool thanks man.

So there you have it, I for one am looking forward to Hothfest 2016.

The set lists are TBA, however the lineups for both days are already determined;

 

Saturday January 9th

Dehumanized

Immortal Suffering

Defeated Sanity

Abnormality

Dysentery

Iniquitous Deeds

Iniquitous Savagery

Torturous Inception

Hypoxia

Incontinence

Assault on the Living

Open the Nile

Dream of Scipio

Forest of Remorse

To Kill Again

 

 

Sunday January 10th

Carnivora

Thunderforge

City Of Homes

Western Massacre

Sevenday Curse -first show with new members

Goblet

The Aberration

She Walks Without Legs

Godeater

Oxblood Forge

Disguise The Curse

My Pet Carcass

One Ton Tommy Gun

Roadhorse

Grzelakurse

 

If you want to check out the bands before the show, here are a list of their FB pages

Dehumanized (OFFICIAL)
Dysentery
Torturous Inception
Abnormality
Hypoxia
Incontinence
Open The Nile
Thunderforge
Goblet
Godeater
Western Massacre
Oxblood Forge
City of Homes
Sevenday Curse
One Ton Tommy Gun
To Kill Again
Grzelakurse
ROADHORSE
My Pet Carcass
The Aberration
Disguise the Curse
Forest of Remorse
Immortal Suffering
Assault on the Living
Dream of Scipio
Defeated Sanity official
Iniquitous Deeds
Iniquitous Savagery
She Walks Without Legs
Carnivora

Also check out the event page for Hothfest 2016

 

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Police State -Mind Collapse album review 6/10

Police State

Mind Collapse

out 11/06/2015

Vocals- Cole
Bass- KC
Guitar- Paul
Drums- Tyler

  1. Intro

This is exactly what it says, the intro, which sounds like a sound check some noise from the guitars and some fills from the drums

  1. Consumed

This song begins with the left over sounds from the intro and goes into a high energy grinding driving rhythm. The chaotic vocals, the high intensity the noise, this is grinding mayhem straight to the point without any fillers.

  1. Oath

This starts out with a slower groove to it, and the hardcore feel kicks in with the buzz saw guitars and then progresses into the grinding crust with the low vocals for a bar and then back into the expeditive delivery of desolution and relentless  lyrical transmission.

  1. Karma

A short little riff sets up the grinding blasting filthy noise that takes no prisoners. When the song does slow down it has a feeling like you just lost too much blood and now the spins are setting in. short to the point grinding crust punk.

  1. Pure filth

This is the longest song so far and has a slower feel to it that introduces the punk feel rhythm and the buzz saw guitars that fuzz sound and the chaotic vocals, bodies will be moving to this song. The last almost minute of the song is a slower gloomy deathly grind.

  1. Blinding

A perpetual riff and rhythm start this song, it progresses to a blast filled grinding mess of angry vocals and then the song goes right back to the perpetual riff and rhythm to finish the song out.

  1. Propaganda

Feedback and noise ring out for the first twenty six seconds of the song. From that we get a rhythm that plays repetitively for a few bars, and progresses slightly going back to the rhythm only to transition at the 1:13 minute mark with heavy grinding and then ending with a “Fuck You!!!”

  1. Cease to exist

The song begins with so much distortion you can’t hardly make out what’s going on until the drums kick in and the guitars all join in and you hear a driving riff with a cool groove, then all hell breaks loose the grinding blasting anarchy lets loose the demons and just hits a nerve like a panic attack. The song slows down to almost a halt and goes right back into that grinding noise for the last twenty seconds of the song, ending on a note ringing out.

  1. Resolution

The songs keep getting longer and this one begins with a menacing guitar riff and blast beats, slowing down to the verse. It slowly picks up in tempo and has a cool groove to it. With a song like this you can only imagine wat sort of shit happens at a show when these guys play. It’s all atrocities and the body count piles up quickly, it is sheer grinding chaos. The song has a beat you can follow even if you are not a fan of grind.

  1. Shallow grave

The song begins with a drum beat and guitar feedback with lone notes for the first forty five seconds and then the vocals come in and the drums give a slow and sludgy rhythm for the next fifteen to twenty seconds where it transitions into a crust punk feel. At this point the song is high energy, It will get your head banging and the blood flowing. The song seems to go through a few bipolar changes within the five minute and giving little revolutions where it goes from high energy to a slow gloom, then right back to chaos and random attacks. The song ends with about a minute of guitar noise and feedback layered over the drums.

This is basically a ten song E.P. because the song lengths are so short. This may not be for everyone but I will give this one a 6/10. The grinding and the punk rhythms are tight, the vocals are chaotic and the guitar tones are grizzly. I didn’t care for all of the moments lost with the feedback as this band can really bring the pain. I am interested in what the crowd looks like before and then after these guys play because I imagine the number of conscious fans dwindle as the people are getting knocked around and losing teeth. Good stuff and I will be looking to hear more from Police State.

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