Wojczech Sedimente

Considering most bands don’t make it past the five-year mark, the ten years it took for German veterans Wojczech to release a full-length is by any standards a musical eternity. After a handful of splits, a discography and a seven-inch, their first extended endeavour is an impressive and honed grindcore deviation. Underwritten by hints of punk, classic rock and traditional thrash, the dichotomy that plays out between these elements and the heavier, metal-oriented technicalities challenges the conventional boundaries of grind and move away from the often relentless pummelling of their contemporaries. Carefully constructing songs instead of blazing through meaningless strings of notes allows them to manipulate tension, drawing attention to the madness with a strange blend of modern mechanics and misanthropic grooves. Their clever construction and diversity of influences has the potential to appeal to a wide range of fans, including those preferring the brutality of bands like Napalm Death and Nasum, to those with a taste for the hardcore leanings of bands like D.R.I. or Nausea. Even if long overdue, Sedimente was worth the wait. (Selfmadegod)