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10 tablatures for Repulsion

Repulsion - Horrified (10/10) - USA - 1989

Genre: Grindcore
Label: Relapse Records
Playing time: 29:18
Band homepage: Repulsion


  1. The Stench Of Burning Death
  2. Eaten Alive
  3. Acid Bath
  4. Slaughter Of The Innocent
  5. Decomposed
  6. Radiation Sickness
  7. Splattered Cadavers
  8. Festering Boils
  9. Pestilent Decay
  10. Crematorium
  11. Driven To Insanity
  12. Six Feet Under
  13. Bodily Dismemberment
  14. Repulsion
  15. The Lurking Fear
  16. Black Breath
  17. Maggots In Your Coffin
  18. Horrified

Unbelievable, that I am the first to review 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 one 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 will 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 exhuberant 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", which in a nutshell means liking "Horrified" so much simply because it was among the first of its kind. Answer me this then; what 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 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 still be.


(Online May 25, 2010)

Christopher Karlas

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