Blackend are guilty of a darn great re-release. The English company has taken on the 93 album of Japanese Grind pioneers S.O.B.. S.O.B. means SABOTAGE ORGANISED BARBARIAN, some people claim it is SONS OF BRUTALITY, both pretty much nail it, though (SUSHI ON BREAD would not be bad either, eh?).
First off we notice the great Ed Repka cover, which looks like the end time version of NUCLEAR ASSAULT’s “Game Over“. And then the music. Who expects wildest Grind attacks is not all wrong, but a near miss still is not a hit. No, the four sons of the rising sun deliver dumb, but arse kicking Death Metal of the old school, a bit like old MASSACRE and MESSIAH, here and there, as on “Delusions Of Terror”, also loosened up by little Thrash parts.
On the other side they also feature some Grind elements, as on “Trapped In Cancer“. Fittingly the vocals, which covers the whole spectrum from dark grunts to hysteric shrieks. Who could imagine a raw version of EXTREME NOISE TERROR’s “Being And Nothing“ CD and also likes old Death/Thrash discs of the most uncompromising kind, should get the album (looking at the playing time rather EP) of the almond eyes right away. Available for consumer friendly 10,50 Euro at email@example.com. (Online September 20, 2004)