55 ways to flush your toilet

•March 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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It surely is quite difficult to write something about a project like this one. As for the 100 way split 7″ released a couple of years ago by NHDIYSTREC, this slab of vinyl is filled to the rim with 55 bands. I think this kind of format choice is the “worst” one in terms of distinguish one band from the other one, or simply, you know, keeping track of wich song is playing. BUT a couple of decades ago Slap A Ham taught us that putting together a shitload of different bands’ short songs and cram a 7″ EP with them can be a very good choice. “Tunes from the toilet Vol. 1″ is a very enjoyable and nice travel in the realms of pure noise. While other projects stuck to defined genres, this time you can have a very wide spectrum of the extreme noise underground situation. Songs here go from power electronics to ambient and harsh noise, going through powerviolence, weird grindcore and even shitnoise stuff a-la A.R.C.A.D.E.. It’s really, REALLY, hard to point out a band instead of another one. There are even some quite well known names here, like Decayed Race, Sissy Spacek, To Die, Sordo and Water Torture, but they all got mixed up in this amazing whirlwind of noise and weird frequencies. The overall feeling is quite disturbing and distressful, but in the way a great harsh sounding release can be. You will feel beaten and shaken, with moments of eerie sounding low frequencies bursting in saw shaped waves assaults in less than a second. The two sides are quite equal in terms of violence and variety, so you will find yourself flipping this record quite often. As I’ve said before, I really can’t talk about one band instead of another one making my opinions about what each one of them put on this compilation. This 55 songs mayhem is like a huge collective quest for ear bleeding noise, with every project submitting its part for the mission. I can’t reccomend “Tunes from the toilet Vol.1″ to fans of grindcore, or to powerviolence or harsh noise ones. This is a nice addition to every extreme music fan collection. Knee deep in noise.

 

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I really want to thank they guys from Aterpe (they’re from Thailand and sing in Euskera, the language of the Basque country -speaking of unusual choices!-, check ‘em out!) who sent me this promo copy and apologize to them for the long delay in writing this review, but, as everyone’s probably already noticed, my life is quite busy and I can’t write as often as I really wish. Sorry about that.

50 Reasons to start listening to Yattai

•November 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Yattai is a grindcore band from France which has been active for almost a decade now. They are a pretty regular installment in Euro distros and you can easily find a bunch of their records around, mostly the split EPs with Fantastikolhole and Grunt Grunt.
“50 Love Hymns For Grindheads” is a super-exhaustive compilation CD of all their recordings, from their 2005 Demo to their split EP with Trepan Dead, going through the above mentioned split 7″, the split CDs with Gastrick Burst, Cakewet and Jack, a compilation track and even some unreleased songs from a 2008 session. This stuff is assembled in an anti-chronological order, so it will start from the most recent one and ends with the older one.
Yattai has been a really growing band, starting from a promising but yet not very personal form of fast grindcore to a very well crafted music assault. Their nowdays style can be described as a blastbeat driven grindcore, not far from stuff like Kill The Client or later Insect Warfare, with a strong bass line and a screaming ridden vocal approach. In Yattai there is a full time vocalis, Gautier, who is paired by the two guitar players support. As I’ve said above the vocal lines are mainly in the scream part of the spectrum, enhancing the sense of speed, but the growls thrown here and there add a lot of thickness to the sound. Speed is a key word in this collection, but as light is enhanched by shadows, speed is enhanched by slower section. Yattai are very good in shifting tempos and you will find yourself going from blast beatting with your fingers to a groovy headbanging session. The “slow” songs are killer and really set the mood for the oncoming full throttle grind assault. Now I have to talk about the guitars. Well, I’m not always liking the choice of the effects, but the riffs (which are, obviously, the most important part in guitar work) are AMAZING. This is what makes this band really good. It’s fucking fast grindcore with a great approach in songwriting, mixing some classic hardcore vibes to unmerciful powerviolence neckbreaking riffage. Imagine a mix of early S.O.B., Nausa, Iron Lung and Insect Warfare and you will have an idea of the style shown by Yattai. This is a statement mostly based on their later recordings, since when you’ll make your way through this collection you will find the sound becoming more classic and less personal. BUT the best thing about “50 Love Hymns For Grindheads” is that it shows a band in constant movement and ready to step out of the bunch with strong and personal sound. This is a nice one, maybe being a collection of so many recordings it can be a tough task going from the beginning to the end, but it can surely be a great listening.
Check it out!

[Thanks to Gautier / Yattai for the CD]

ORGANIZED TO GORGONIZE : a Gorgonized Dorks special – part I

•October 16, 2013 • 2 Comments

GORGONIZED DORKS / MAXIMUM THRASH

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You know why it’s always a great pleasure to review Gorgonized Dorks? Because you can’t know what to expect to hear when the needle drops on the record. Their main genre can be thrown in the noisecore shelf, but I’ve heard straight forward grindcore, some hardcore, drone, power electronics and even some new wave stuff. This time a pounding riff and a straight drum beat introduces a song that will scream four clear letters : G I S M.
Nothing more, nothing less. This is a pure and humble worship tune to the masters of metal punk, one of the most influential HC bands of all times. The next three songs walk the thin line between Japanese hardcore and late 80′s grindcore, so you know what to expect : dissonant riffs, crusty drums and ultra filthy vocals. This is great stuff and a highly enjoyable Dorks release. The first track steals the show without mercy and you will find yourself putting your needle back again a lot of times to have another dose of this amazing GISM tribute.

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On the flipside we can find Maximum Thrash from Indonesia. This relatively new band has already shared its way with bands like Lt Dan, Agathocles and Archagathus, so I think they will really move fast in a very short time! This side contains five songs : four or them are new studio track (well, one is a re-recording of an older tune), while the last one is a live in studio. Their style is a mix between late 90′s mincecore and classic grindcore in the vein of SMG, with a little sparkle of powerviolence. They sound good, old school and raw, so listening to this record can be really enjoyable for all of those who love that kind of crude and fuzzy sound. There’s a cool thing about the band : they have two singers (a girl and a guy) but no bass guitar. Quite odd! Anyway, their sound is very meaty and powerful even without the 4 string support. Maybe this stuff needs more development to really stand out, even if it’s already really nice. There are some flaws here and there, like the first song starting abruptly with something that sounds like a cut out incipit or the fact that with two singers I expect more variety vocal wise, but the premises are very good.
On a sidenote : the ring sticker is sick!

GORGONIZED DORKS / DISLEKSICK

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How can you describe a record that starts with a cover of Napalm Death’s “Multinational Corporations”? This is a total back to basics for Gorgonized Dorks and a real pleasure to hear for all noisecore fanatics out there! After the aforementioned cover song the US duo bursts into a series of short noisegrind songs that can really rip your scalp away. I’m really enthusiast about how they sound on this split EP, because this is a total flashback to their early days and the beginning of my passion for them. Pure, brutal and no-compromises noisy grind, the way it should be. I think the main influences here are Tumour and Sore Throat, because these songs have a strong Euro feeling to them, plus they are very noisy but they keep a solid grinding hardcore structure that make each song noisy but memorable. Plus, the Katz vocal tone is really great on this one. This is one the top five releases by the Dorks, without any doubt. And “Organized to Gorgonize” is one of the best song titles I’ve read this year.

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Disleksick is another great band and it’s always a great pleasure to talk about them! Their side is in the same “own old school” way of the Gorgonized Dorks, one, but this time with a strong twist to it. As long as we speak about strings the mood is relly near the monotonic grindcore of the beginnings of the band (like the split EP with Agathocles), but the drums and the voice are way more noisy and chaotic than back then. The result is an amazing mix of almost hypnotic riffing and an amazing whirlwind of noise, crashes, screams, grunts and so on. Vocals are surely a great feature in these songs, showing a lot of variety and dynamism. This is surely a great addition to Disleksick’s discography and a great pairing with the A-side.
Great split, only 300 copies made, grab it!

[Thanks to Ben Viele (Gorgonized Dorks / Agromosh) for the records and to Marty Jerk Off Records who wanted to send me the split with Maximum Thrash with other releases of his label but Ben already sent me a copy!]

Interview with THE AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN

•October 4, 2013 • 1 Comment

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I’m here, sitting in this room (dark and gloooooom, aehm, sorry for the GG Allin quote…) and spinning my copy of Pissedography by The Afternoon Gentlemen. The Leeds based band has become one of my top favorites “new” bands around and finally seeing them live last May in Switzerland proved one simple thing : they’re one of those bands that can kick your ass all around the place letting you keep a strong smile on your face in the progress. This interview has been in the work for a while but, you know, the same old story of life ruining everything. Anyway, we managed to finish it and so, ladies and (sorry for the word play) gentlemen, THE AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN!

 

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Pete : Hi guys, how are you? Thanks for answering this intie!


The Afternoon Gentlemen : Alright fella. We’re ok ta, jooged and boffered.

 
P : Can you just give us a brief story of the band? Who’s who?

 
TAG : We started in 2007. We were all friends and knew each other from playing in different bands. So we decided to start a band together and drink beer and play grindcore. The band is Rich on vocals, Barthur on bass, Mick on guitar, Adam on another guitar, and me on drums.

 
P : I think your music is very personal even if sticking to some classic sides of powerviolence. How do you compose? What are your main inspirations?

 
TAG : To compose we write riffs then put the bits together. Influences/inspirations are boogs, joogs, doins and bocky. Also other bands we like. Lyrical inspiration comes from all of the above as well as life in general, the things that make us happy and the things that we think are bullshit.

 

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P : I’ve read your lyrics and in a bunch of songs you make strong statements against other bands and genres, can you add some words about it?


TAG : We don’t really bear any personal grudges or malice towards any bands or individuals. The lyrics where we attack certain bands or people are because 1) punk is supposed to be about ‘no gods, no masters’, yet some bands and people get idolised way too much and go up their own arses, 2) we want to name names instead of being vague about it, 3) we don’t like it/them.

 
P : A lot of new great bands are from England, making the country able to put itself on the extreme music map again. How can you describe your music scene today?


TAG : Pretty good. The ‘score’ is always changing and developing but there a lot of good UK bands: Gets Worse, Mangle, Sufferinfuck, Human Cull , Famine, Huffin Paint, Man Hands, The Day Man Lost, Lich, Human Junk, Horsebastard, Warboys, plus loads more. And there is a decent amount of venues and gigs going on that are quite well supported. So we’re quite lucky.

 
P : You are from Leeds, how’s living there?


TAG : Leeds is alright. £3.50 for 4 cans of Blackstorm from Jacktar’s . Not bad.

 
P : An ode to beer?


TAG :

When able and abroad
Joggle all that you can swallow,
But the hasty boogle of today,
Is the famine of tomorrow,
Boozing in a bar, Drinking in the park,
Joogling in the morning, quaffing in the dark

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P : You have a bunch of side projects, can you talk about them?

 
TAG : Well most of us play in other bands besides TAG, plus some side projects too. Mick plays in a pop punk covers band, Barthur plays xylophone in a prog-fusion band called Tusk of Job. And there’s me and Rich’s top secret post-powerviolence epic fantasy band…

 
P : You’ve released an handful of amazing EPs and a 10″, do you also plan to record a full album soon? Do you prefer to stick to short running releases or not? And if yes, why?

 
TAG : We do indeed prefer short running releases. They’re easier/faster to write, record and release, and they’re not as boring to listen to. Shorter grindcore records usually have more impact and intensity, LP’s can easily become boring unless the band is mixing it up a lot or doing something really special. We may or may not record an LP in future, we’ll do something but we perfer to take our time.

 
P : Any other plans?

 
TAG : Next up is a mini tour in October, UK, Belgium and Bloodshed Fest (Netherlands), then Dmanation Festival in Leeds in November. We’re currently planning a couple of trips for next year and we’re also writing some new songs.

 

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P : You are touring Europe now. What is tour life for you?

 
TAG : Well it’s simple actually, tour life for us is boogs and joogs and rock and roll.Charlie Martin drives us round and we get drunk. Personally I enjoy it a lot. We generally sit in the van for a few hours drinking booze, talking shite and eating loads of boogs + other food, then we arrive somewhere, drink some more and talk shit to some people, then play grind for a bit. Last experiences have all been great, we’ve been to some cool places and met a lot of very nice people.

 
P : What do you do besides music?


TAG : Drink.

 
P : This not a question. Come to Italy. Seriously


TAG : We came before actually, we slept in a bush. We’ll probably come again, depending on the quality of the bushes available.

 

P : Ok, I raise my glass to you, thanking you again for this interview. End as you prefer!

TAG : Cheers fellah!

MANNEQUIN REIN RECORDS SPECIAL part II

•September 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

DEAD CHURCH / FACTION DISASTER

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This is a brand new split from two bands that are moving quite fast in the underground these days.
Starting with Dead Church, I’ve already listened to them for their brief collaboration with Suffering Mind for a 5″ split EP. They’re style is the same as back then, even if I think they improved a little bit. Their contribution to this split s just three minutes and a half long, but it sums up with the minute I’ve heard on the 5″ making my experience with Dead Church an almost five minutes long joy! Ok, stop joking, let’s start talking. They’re style is a solid and thick kind of grindcore with A LOT of influences coming from Powerviolence. The strong, and most reocgnisable one, comes from the vocals, which are shouted in a growl way, but not too deep, making it that kind of raunchy grunt more similar to the ones sported by bands like Spazz, Infest and Capitalist Casualties instead of Napalm Death and Terrorizer. Music wise, they rely to a solid and classic formula : buzzing uitars and pounding drums, interchanging between brutal and thick sections and amazing stop and gos, adding some top notch slower moments. The overall feeling is somewhat similar to Weekend Nachos’ Unforgivable and that’s nothing but a good thing. This band is very nice, I would really like to hear a full length from them very soon!
Faction Disaster hails from Michigan. This band three songs of pure and raw Grindcore, for a total of mere three minutes. The approach taken here will throw you back to the late 80′s, where Grindcore was a stillborn bastard child of a lot of different music styles and all the sub-divisions that are here today didn’t existed even in the most wild dreams of any extreme music fan of those times. What does it mean? It means that you can easily put in a mincer the guitar riffs of Machetazo, Repulsion and Xysma, the fast approach of Nausea (LA), early Napalm Death and Assuck and mix ‘em all with a sounds’ choice which reminds a lot all those 90′s Death Metal underground gods, like Incantation, Goreaphobia or Master. This si pure old school extreme music, clearly with a strong Grindcore main frame, but with the ability to mix all that stuff up and create something so classical but yet so personal.
This is a really great split. Grab it!

SUFFERING MIND / WATER TORTURE

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Suffering Mind and Water Torture have been quite prolific in the latter times and this is a cool split release for two of the most enjoyable bands in their respective genres.
The first one to kick off is Suffering Mind from Poland with one rather long song (for their standard). They stick to their classic kind of Grindcore, full of chuggy guitar and bass mix and with a bunch of pretty enjoyable tempo changes. I’ve always loved the drumming of the band and on this song Daro shows a very wide exhibit of skills. From blastbeats to slower section his drumming is very precise and will crush on you merciless. Vocals are mostly made in a growling style, which may be a little monotonous at times but it fits the whole sound. I think that the change from Ula to Radek has forced to band to shift a bit its songwriting and this situation still needs to be methabolised. Anyway, Suffering Mind is a safe bay when it comes to good old school Grindcore!
Water Torture made a huge impression on me with their Shellfire! EP, so I’m always curious to hear anything new from them. This song is quite different from that EP, showing the sludge part of the band, with a low-tuned and bleak approach to the slower side of Powerviolence. It reminds me a lot some Iron Lung compositions, like Cancer, or The Endless Blockade sludgy approach on Angra Maynu. The bass driven style of Water Torture, plus the “far away” pissed off vocals of Water Torture perfectly fits the mood and, even if I prefer when they go full throttle, this is a solid effort. Flawless pairing with Suffering Mind.
This split has been released on a flexi 7″ disc. I only have a digitial promo, but after hearing the latest releases on flexis (the Cremona a Mano Armata compilation, the bonus EP on the Rupture’s Corrupture reissue by FOAD, the reissue of the split between The Kill and Insect Warfare on RSR and so on) I assume it will be a good one in terms of sound quality.

WATER TORTURE / CORRUPT BASTARDS

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And here we go, Water Torture again. This is the vinyl reissue of a split tape originally released last year which went sold out in a couple of seconds. This single sided 7″ (it clocks under five minutes and a half, by the way) kicks off with the new Buffallo most famous band, which starts with a classic Water Torture song. Fast, punishing and downtuned Powerviolence. There is a lot of “mess” (pass me the term..) soundwise, here, but it’s a rather controlled chaos, which gives the song a strong identityt and a feeling of thickness and power which is very difficult to match (thickness and power. Maybe this is the goal of Powerviolence?). The second song is a slowed down version of Walls by Siege. All Siege’s songs are classics, so you can’t go wrong, but Water Torture managed to deliver a very personal cover version. Thumbs up. By the way, is it just me or the vocals on these two songs are UNBELIAVABLY similar to the voice of Krystina from Curmudgeon?
On the (theorical) B-Side we can find Corrupt Bastards. i’ve never heard anything by this band before and that is a total bummer. This Texas band focus on the “Short, Fast & Loud” formula, mixing it with the “Drum & Bass 2 Pieces Line Up” one. The result is an explosive kind of powerviolence : imagine mixing bands like early Spazz, Lack Of Interest, Infest and Sidetracked. You have the idea? Cool. Then take out the guitars and enhance the bass. The result is a frantic stop-and-go mad fest, with tempo changes and terrific bass lines. This is the kind of music that I can’t get tired of. Seriously. Amazing one, for sure!

Thanks to Maxxwell from Mannequin Rein Records for the promos

MANNEQUIN REIN RECORDS SPECIAL part I

•September 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

ARCHAGATHUS / JEFFREY DAHMER

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Everyone should have already noticed the recent flood of Archagathus releases. I think it’s a thing that happens once every two years, but when it happens, jesus, prepare yourself. In the latest months I’ve seen released splits with Maximum Thrash, Bestial Vomit, Pizza Hi-Five, Iron Butter, Rotocles, Compost and Jeffrey Dahmer. I’m going to talk about the last one, but at least one of the others will be featured here soon. Anyway, let’s talk about it. Archagathus delivers the usual amount of mincing grindcore, in the vein of mid 90′s Agathocles and with a touch of Dahmer, Unholy Grave and Rot. Their recipe hasn’t changed very much since the beginning (very much is an euphemism for “nothing at all”) BUT I really have to say that the overall songwriting ability has slightly increased. I think that Archagathus is one of those band that you can only love or hate, but it’s surely one of those that take their grindcore as a serious thing, even despite the sometimes funny song titles. The Archs is a solid band, with a very recognizable sound and a dedication that truly deserves respect. On the plus side, you will find a cover version of Open Up by BOHC band DYS which, in a weird way, really fits the style of the Canadian band.

On the flipside you can find Jeffrey Dahmer from Indonesia. First of all, the name. By adding the name to that infamous surname a band CAN’T hide the reference to the Canadian masters of grindcore. Then, the first song. Opening a record with a cover version is a somewhat weird and brave  choice, in this case, it works. Paying homage to SMG is another really bad way to hide your influences, but when influences are this good, well, no problems at all. So, these guys kick in with a cover of Holidays In Afghanistan by SMG, showing a very fuzzy and noisy kind of grindcore, even if sometimes the voice seems a bit out of place for the genre. It shifts from a classic low grunt to an acid scream, but sometimes it goes in the clean vocals dominion, reminding me a bit the harmonized voice of Unholy Grave. Anyway, it fits the whole. Musical wise they’re quite simple and not very memorable, sounding a lot like a grindcore band with stripped down structures and noisecore sounds (kudos for the reverb). Jeffrey Dahmer somewhat fits the record as a partner in crime for Archagathus but I think they’re still far from the Full EP status. They’re still a relative young band, after all, so I really want to hear what they’re going to kick out in the next year.

IMBROGLIO – DECLARED SELF HATRED

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Imbroglio is an American band and this is their final record, having disbanded a few days prior to this release. This is their third album and they sound like a super heavy version of all those new metal/hardcore/post band that are around these days. A mix of acts like Alpinist, Jugendbluth, Code Orange Kids, Oathbreaker and Converge can help you make an idea about how they sound like. I’m totally not into this kind of music, as you may have noticed, so I won’t spit out judgements on something I don’t know. All that I can say is that they sound REALLY heavy and dark, with a very mature sound and the right approach to life : hating. Check ‘em out and make your own idea. I hope everyone will understand my point of view on reviews about something I don’t know (which is, basically, describe a bit about the band, how they sound to me and giving you the chance to hear something, instead of pathetically ranting about something which wasn’t my cup of tea in the first time).
Anyway, thumbs up for the name and the artwork, dudes!

SCUM GUILT – ENSLAVED

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Here we go again in MY territory. Scum Guilt are from Ohio and play a dense and thick kind of grindcore. Their sound draws directly from the Napalm Death releases of the 90′s (the early 90′s ones, or the good ones, as you prefer), with a very great aggressive approach. The aggression factor is a strong plus to this EP, in fact is one of the thing that really stands out about Scum Guilt. Their songwriting is good, complex but not too much, direct but not banal, with very well done blastbeats (even if not THAT fast) and a very nice vocal approach (you know, that classic low grunt that never gets old). The previous description can easily depict a shitload of bands BUT this is where the aggression side of the band kicks in and makes everything so intersting. This EP drools from the archetypic kind of rage that made bands like Dismembered Fetus, Excruciating Terror or Assuck so great. The personality of the band has still to stand out, but with an EP like this I think that Scum Guilt has started their career with the right foot.

Thanks to Mannequin Rein Records for the promos

A new FUCK SHIT review about DAMN DAMN DAAAAAAAMN a record which talks about FUCKFUCKINFUCK Tourette’s Syndrome

•August 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Well, this is quite a surprise. When Alessio from Spermbloodshit sent me the promo of their new record, called “The Tourette’s Syndrome” I was expecting an album in the way of their early stuff, so a total pornogrind assault with all those groovy parts, slow pace and the CHUGGA-CHUGGA riffing. Something that I can stand for the lenght of an EP, surely not for a full album. BUT, something happened. They shifted their style, slightly leaving behind the classic pornogore structures and moving to a more solid mix of death, thrash and thick old school goregrind. The first thing that came to my mind, speakinf of the music, is surely Surgical Disembowelment by Dead Infection, with a cool thrashy twist that makes the song very swift and enjoyable on the long distance. The classic groovy riffing typical of their original genre are almost gone but, when they come in, they slow everything down too much, sounding a bit out of place (like in Stupid Werewolf). There are some samples here and there (South Park, Beavis & Butthead and some Italian comedy flicks) but they’re not too much or annoying, instead they set the overall fun mood that drools from the record (and it’s also a Spermbloodshit’s trademark).

But let’s talk about the best feature of the album : vocals. The band always had a dual vocals assault : deep growling and almost “clean” voice. The clean ones are now strongly predominant and, let me say it : THEY RULE. It’s a an acid thrashy vocal tone that, in some parts, reminded me Araya in Show No Mercy. Listen to the Cheesing and tell me if screaming “Live by the sword and help to contain / The helpless minds of you all / Die by my hand in pools of blood / Clutch yourself as you fall” could be out of place.

This record is quite entertaining and can be a good way to spend half an hour. There is a cool mix of genres and shows the evolution of a band through the years. I really dig what Spermbloodshit is doing now, so I hope they keep with this road. Check ‘em out!

 

Thanks to Alessio for the promo.

 
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