Repulsion - Horrified - (10/10)
Published on April 16, 2016
Unbelievable, that I am the first to review Horrified, this cornerstone of extreme metal. Ah, well such excellent music deserves a good review, so I shall do my best.
Originally released as a demo entitled Slaughter of the Innocent in 1986 (!!!), Repulsion’s first and only full-length album was picked up several years later by members of Carcass and issued out in 1989 on their own label, Necrosis (which was a subdivision of Earache). By then, Repulsion themselves had disbanded. What could have been? Repulsion were among the first extreme bands to use the now-ubiquitous blast beat; if I recall it started making an appearance on their demos as early as 1985. Granted, they were not the first to use it in recorded music, or even in extreme music, but they were indeed the first to use it regularly and for extended periods of time.
Name any 10 random grindcore bands, and I can guarantee you that they were all be influenced in some way by Repulsion. In under a half an hour, Horrified appears, batters the listener’s eardrums, and ends. Blast beats, a scratchy, razor-wire guitar tone, a bass so fuzzed out it might need to be shaven, and Scott Carlson’s punky snarl shouting lyrics concerning corpses, disease, zombies, and all those other delicious morsels of grindcore subject matter. Consider this grindcore 101 along with Scum, Reek of Putrefaction, Drop Dead, Anticapital, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, and other pioneering works.
I’m trying to articulate why this record kicks so much tail, but it really is something that is difficult to put into words. It’s just a feeling of pure exuberant energy, that “YAARRGGH” feeling where you simply cannot sit still while listening to the album.
Picking particular highlights is difficult, since every song is full of vitality, arm-breaking drumming and solos that sound like tortured cats. If forced to choose, “The Stench of Burning Death,” “Eaten Alive,” “Maggots in Your Coffin,” and “Festering Boils” are my absolute favorites. I’ve known many who accuse fans of this album of having ‘hindsight favoritism.’ Answer me this then: which grindcore albums are remembered by extreme music enthusiasts? Horrified and its kin? or the thousands of crappy novelty grindcore albums shat out in the late 1990s? If you like grindcore AT ALL, and you have not heard this album, you’re making a mistake by not listening to it right now.
No gimmicks, no melody, no slick production, no bullshit. This is grindcore the way it was birthed and the way it should always be.
BUY. OR. DIE.
Originally published on May 25, 2010.