Release Date: January 8th 2016
Label: Season Of Mist
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When the word “supergroup” comes up, the term “commercial sell-out” almost instantly comes to mind. No matter how good the project maybe, the groups just feel like a cash-in on the original bands. This, however, is not a thought where Venomous Concept are concerned. Keeping in the world of grindcore and punk, the bands included strike a sense of intensity to a listener’s mind, with members of Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, and Corrupt Moral Altar all taking key spots within the band.
From the description and public perception of grindcore, many don’t take the genre seriously. With tracks such as ‘Anthem’ giving off an almost Anthrax-type feel, with the groovy thrash it uses on its riffs, through to tracks such as ‘Human Waste’ giving off a gang vocal-type feel, this makes the band simply unique to listen to.
The group does retain certain factors from the world of grindcore almost perfectly. The track Johnny Cheeseburger, in which the only line screamed at you is “Johnny was a cheeseburger”, shows the retaining factor that grindcore still knows how to release a decent 20 second track. Sitting along a lot of tracks that reach into hardcore punk territories especially with the length going into 3 minutes, it’s a good factor to see the band retaining something of what brought the genre to the forefront and doing it well.
The lyrics on this album, when it wants to be serious, are simply brilliant. The main track in which to draw attention to would have to be ‘Fucked In Czech Republic’; the lyrics of “Pray for peace / Kill for price” gives an extremely in-your-face political message about how ridiculous people who are claiming to do something for a religion can be. With the history of the bands (especially Napalm Death), religious troubles and control is something that appears heavily within their lyrics and history. This track warrants the band’s place in terms of seriousness and importance within the world of music.
The musicianship on this album is phenomenal also, with Dan Lilker leading the bass intro perfectly for the track ‘Head On A Stick’. The guitars sound amazing too, with the fact that the band decided to use solos (typically used only within metal) in a genre which has its roots firmly within punk, and Shane Embury delivers this phenomenally, especially on the track ‘Good Times’.
Whether or not you’d like this album depends upon whether or not you like grindcore. It will work for fans of crossover stuff, such as Iron Raegan and The Exploited, but to have a heavy palette is almost something that should be expected with the bands involved. All in all, however, it’s an album which is full of creativity, and one that will be respected from fans of every band involved.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy147)