Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winds Of Genocide-Usurping The Throne Of Disease (2015)

In 2015 bands worldwide give the world extreme music, known today as grindcore, crust punk, death metal, thrash,etc....a lot of bands still incorporating a lot of fast hardcore punk and they're doing it well! Winds Of Genocide grew out to became a household name in the metal scene. But, there are not really blast speed drums as we know it. Not with the snare on the first beat that is. This band blast speed still follows the classic beat rules. And personally, I quite like this approach. I makes the fastest parts still sound tighter than other grindcore bands these days. This album is, indeed, Raging Hell! There are not that much breakdowns or otherwise ‘quieter’ moments. Is the album monotone? For some it will be obviously, especially those not into old grindcore or death metal but for addicts, like myself, there is plenty of stuff happening to keep the songs apart. Catchy phrases, a cool break or hardcore punk beat here and there, incidental leads. The average grindcore/death/Crust punk fan will know what I’m talking about. Of course there are still a lot of hardcore punk moments on the album which make it sound like a natural progression. And obviously the backing gang-shout-vocals and incidental lead make this album sound more extreme than one would expect from a Death album. The subgenre was just discovering itself in these days so expecting some experimenting and more than just blast speed and grunts is advised to anyone still studying their metal history lessons.It’s pretty hard to come up with a final score for albums such as this. It would be easy to say “this album is enormously important so here’s 99 points”. I could do that. But in 2015, how does an album stand out? Compared to most modern day grind/death this album sounds extreme, brutal, refreshing and especially energetic. And fortunately Grindcore and Death Metal is a subgenre in which having a better production isn’t always a good thing. This album only gets better in every listen. Yes, grab a few beers and enjoy this madness. This album is killer!
Review by Paul Caravasi

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