Relapse Records, one of the most respected labels in music posted an announcement earlier today for a partial release plan for 2017. Dying Fetus, Obituary, Iron Reagan, Primitive Man, Myrkur, King Woman, Pig Destroyer, Ilsa are among the notable bands with new music on the way. Continue reading
For the fifth year in a row, the best underground metalfest west of Maryland Deathfest is the Southwest Terror Fest. No other festival brings you the quality of bands from across the heavy spectrum, and Tuscon is just a cool town to host this shindig! Starting tonight October 20th through the 23rd, nearly four-dozen artists from across the US and Canada converging on five stages at multiple venues will wreck brains and eardrums. Full details, with shows and daily lineups are below’ Continue reading
After a string of independent releases, Relapse signed THE DRIP for the release of A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics, the ferocious and relentless explosion of blasting grind violence, dispatching six tracks in barely twelve minutes. The EP was the very first release to be fully recorded at Audiosiege in Portland by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Integrity). THE DRIP’s violent effectiveness and intensity of their high-speed output is prime sustenance for diehard fans of Misery Index, Rotten Sound, Dead In The Dirt, Nails and Nasum.
They have booked a string of upcoming shows.
Jan 10: El Corazon – Seattle, WA Ow/ Pig Destroyer)
Feb 22: 333 – Vancouver, BC (w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void)
Feb 23: The Highline – Seattle, WA (w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void)
Feb 24: The Hop – Spokane, WA (w/ Enabler, Call Of The Void)
Making fun of a band’s name is the kind of lazy, empty journalism that I’d normally try to avoid, but sometimes the temptation is just too strong. I mean, seriously… Before a note of their music has been played, The Drip earn their place amongst Gloomy Grim, Mournful Gust and Imposer as the elite of Metal bands with names that are a lot less threatening than they’re probably meant to be – with the exception that I can at least understand how those names are meant to be scary.
So yeah, that’s out of the way… leaving, it has to be said, not that much to talk about. The Drip make their intentions clear with vicious opener ‘Catalyst’, at two minutes and twenty-six seconds, the single longest track on the record, and then don’t do anything to change. A Presentation Of Gruesome Poetics (Relapse) is six tracks, twelve minutes and a near-constant onslaught of blasting, scything riffs and angry shrieks.
If all Grindcore is about controlled chaos, The Drip definitely lean on the side of control. The frenzied, staggering lurches made famous by Napalm Death or Terrorizer are entirely absent here, their place taken by the kind of muscular, look-at-my-neck-muscles Metalcore breakdowns you’d expect from Hatebreed or Terror. They’re deployed well, and probably get a huge response live, but for those who prefer their Grind wilder, more destructive and untamed, it sounds a little cheap, and perhaps a little posed. This is music for flexing your muscles and ninja-kicking your mates in a circle, not raging against the injustice of a system that doesn’t work.
A perfectly solid release, then, and one that delivers exactly what it promises, but it’s hard to imagine anyone getting too excited about this. One imagines that it was released primarily to give them something to do while ripping up tiny squats and club venues – a task for which it is well suited.
6.0 / 10.0