Unqualified Reviews: Rotten Sound, Species At War (EP)

Rotten Sound - pissed-off Fnns.

Grind. It’s designed to be short, fast, furious, in your face. It’s designed to be obnoxious, abrasive, and to piss people off. I’m not really a grindcore fan, but there are a number of grind/deathgrind bands that I like, often because I’ve seen them live and they kick arse: Napalm Death, Carcass, Brujeria, Nasum, Brutal Truth, Cattle Decapitation, etc.

I decided that I would try to listen to every promo that came past me this year and at least try to get some idea of the flavour of it. Not planning full, in-depth reviews or anything like that, just trying to get an inclination. I missed far too much good music in 2012. So naturally the first two promos that Relapse sling my way are grindcore releases. It’s as if this universe is slapping me down for having a thought that was almost like a New Year’s Resolution. Fuck that. In the ear.

So up front, full disclaimer: I am not properly educated about grindcore and therefore not qualified to review this release.

Congratulations, Rotten Sound. The first four seconds of Cause, the first track from your Species At War EP, had me frantically lunging for the volume knob. The sound you manage to produce – reminiscent of something metal frantically trying to get out of a washing machine – is truly special.

At least, with six acts of aural rape lasting just over 8 minutes, the ordeal is mercifully short.

I am not arrogant: I acknowledge this is music that isn’t made for me. If you’re a grind fan, this is probably your kind of thing. The guitar sound is particularly grating, and the Finnish lads in the band sound rather pissed off. I listened to it twice. It might be a bit of Stockholm Syndrome but I started to appreciate it more the second time around. The playing is pretty tight.

Conclusion: Probably good for a grindcore release, but will not be joining my permanent listening rotation. Released January 18th-22nd, depending on where you are in the world, on Relapse Records. Official Site

~ by goatlady on January 5, 2013.

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