G-movie horror sample. Chunky scopped guitar riff. A few cymbal snaps. An insane drum blast. Then it starts: BREEEEEEE BRREEEE NYUK NYUK NUYK BREEEEE!
As I’ve said before, I’m not going to pretend to be into or even understand the microscene this record comes from. I found these kinds of song titles retarded even as a teenager and I can’t even conceive of what makes people want a record collection full of them – and that’s the charitable side of it.
Once in a while, there’s a certain titillation for this kind of gear. Say for example when the first Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition was out, with that amazing art, or every so often reaching back for Avulsed. But that’s it.
Nonetheless I’ve been clear before that Connor Brown’s efforts are audible in the sheer detail of both Debridement and Oncology’s material.
As with last time, the guitars have some pretty demanding riffs going on here, while the drum programming is amongst the very best I’ve ever heard. The variety, detail and touch in the snare work is absolutely incredilbe. You’d think it was Kevin Talley at his early best.
But the key thing that I come away with from this is just an astonishment at the bestial noises coming from the throats of Connor and his guests. They are disgusting. These people are animals. In one of the tracks I hear noises I have never heard before in the field of even extreme underground hypergrind.
The crush of the production is incredible, giving tracks like ‘The Worst Of Smells’ a colossal weight. Once again those drums deliver in spades, meaning that fast is actually fast, and slow is brick heavy.
Riffs performed on an 8 string are always going to need space to breathe in order for even the basic notes to come through the mix, and so oftentimes it’s impossible to hear what’s really going on. But a lot of the time you can: and that cant be easy to mix. So well done.
But it’s still just a weird wee subgenre of music that’s too wacky to actually be into. And so for that reason, while I appreciate the huge labour of – what, love? – that’s gone into it, I cant actually say I like it.
Blasting like in ‘Meat Cleaver Fever’ though is wild. So enjoy it if you do, hear it once if you dont, and credit the effort no whatever direction you go.
– Earl Grey ::: 18/04/17