Published Jan 14, 2014This is a rare full-length release by these Italian grindcore silverbacks who have always been prolific with seven-inches. At this stage in their career they could (and should) become university professors and teach a course on musical brutality. This is a highly focused, ruthless and savage grind record that seamlessly includes elements of death metal, punk and hardcore, using each of these tools better than many artists who focus solely on those styles.
These are veteran writers using a wide variety of tempos. This, along with the pacing of the record allows each song to show character (no easy task with grind). Variety comes in the form of the occasional psychotic guitar solo, deeply spoken vocals, subtle math-y-ness or gang vocals, all of which are used tastefully and sparingly throughout. The record runs 18 tracks over nearly 40 minutes (you do the math) but "Splendore E Tenebra" is a nine-minute plus goth-y slow burner. If a grind ballad is a thing, this is it.
An onslaught of pissed-off, double-tracked vocals sit nice and high like on a Ringworm record, and sound truly menacing, and the mix is vicious, simple, loud and sharp, enhancing the primal feeling of the record. Extreme misanthropy is evident despite lyrics being in Italian; this is music about human annihilation. (Relapse)