Here follows 42 ways to collapse your cranium, some of it subtly but for the most part in a plain brutal and bloody fashion. Obscene Productions offer up some putrid and some surprising dishes from their back catalogue and for the most part there is little you would send back to the kitchen such is the quality on display.
Much of the carnage here is full on angle grinder to face viciousness as purveyed convincingly by the likes of SQUASH BOWELS and FLESHLESS, but there is also the quirk that is NAPALM DEATH meets KRAFTWERK of KAVIAR KAVALIER, where did that come from? The other snot amongst the rot is the relative sophistication of LYKATHEA AFLAME with its middle eastern melody bordering on the sublime (relatively speaking.)
The artists on this compilation cover much of the Grind spectrum; barks, gurgles and screams all vie for your attention over the predominantly rapid pummelling you would expect. What it does exemplify is the amount of variety that does exist in a fairly restrictive genre and though there is plenty of the biological amongst this collection of the diabolical there is also plenty of the political and social comment.
Though there are no real bog trotters amongst this gathering, the highlights are predictably LYKATHEA AFLAME, ISACARUM and FLESHLESS. That said these bands are given a run for their money by many of the rest who are definitely snapping at their heels. These visceral cuts also demonstrate what was poured into the pot to make up Grind as a genre, namely Punk and later Death Metal, it also shows quite effectively that it stands on its own as a nasty bastard form of music.
Itís pointless dwelling too much on this collection, suffice to say that you canít go wrong with it as a musical prawn cocktail whether for the labels output or for the individual bands themselves. Acquire with confidence. (Online March 22, 2006)