Washington State grindcore band the Drip are kicking 2017 off on a high note with their debut full-length, The Haunting Fear of Inevitability. The quintet showcase their contemporary take on grind here, defying genre barriers by combining elements of powerviolence, crust and d-beat into their style, yet still emitting the visceral aggression of classic acts like Nasum and Terrorizer.
Featuring 13 tracks in almost 32 minutes, the Drip waste no time and remain persistent and ferocious throughout. Tracks like "Blackest Evocation" and "Terror War Industry" are a few of the album's most relentlessly devastating, featuring powerful, blazing riffs and fast, pummelling blast beats. However, tracks like "Covered in Red," "Painted Ram" and "Bone Chapel" are the most gripping, containing intense grooves and crushing breakdowns while maintaining the same level of severity.
The Haunting Fear of Inevitability is thoughtfully written extremely well-executed. The incorporation of dynamic vocals, as well as various styles and tempos, add to the record's very modern vibe and make it abundantly clear that the Drip aren't your run-of-the-mill grind band. (Relapse)