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  • A tip for those interested in exploring ‘Grindcore’ – assume that 99% of the genre is utter garbage and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money.

    Remember that the genre exists for the sole purpose of being as inhumanely fast and ridiculously extreme as possible, making it very difficult to do with any conviction. 90% of the bands are just not musically talented enough to hold everything together. The remaining 9% fail either because they have absolutely no appreciation of song dynamics, or because they treat the music as a clinical exercise requiring a degree of mathematical precision that negates the naive charm and excessiveness that made it all so damn cool in the first place.

    This of course, is precisely why you need to own *this* record, because ‘World Downfall’ is the pinnacle of the genre. Taking the basic elements of Repulsion and Napalm Death and beefing it up with one of the greatest drum performances of all time, captured perfectly under a murky Morrisound production. Brief (but recognisable) songs blur seamlessly into one another, climaxing with the incredible ‘Dead Shall Rise’. Forget for a moment that the band shared members of Morbid Angel and Napalm Death, because this record is effortlessly superior to anything either band ever recorded, and I can pay no higher compliment than that. Utterly essential.

    Posted on March 4, 2010