The last couple of months have granted me 3 different Grind\Crustcore bands from Poland. The first two of them were THIRD DEGREE and SQUASH BOWELS. The third band is of course HERMAN RAREBELL. This quartet consists of musicians from a band called ANTIGAMA and then some from the already mentioned THIRD DEGREE. Apart from horrible cover art THIRD DEGREE was a very nice experience, SQUASH BOWELS just the same. Though with a less horrible cover. I’ve never heard ANTIGAMA before but I would put a bet on them being good. The main reason for that is because “Too Late For Peace” is. The other reason for it is because the Polish Grind\Crust Core scene seems to be among the best.
HERMAN RAREBELL plays a form of Grindcore that has its share of Punk influences, which maybe the reason for calling it Crust, I don’t know. I certainly hear influences from old NAPALM DEATH, which won’t make me a genius as they have included two cover songs from the very same band. The two last on this mini-album that is. “Multinational Corporations” and “Instinct Of Survival” are the opening tracks of NAPALM DEATH’s “Scum”, an album worth listening to if only as a history session.
The good thing about the hermaniacs is that they shift gears. At their fastest and most intense they sound like a Polish version of KILL THE CLIENT. For those unfamiliar with that band I’d like to give the information that this means as intense as it gets. When they’re off blast mode they serve good riffs that simply rock. Their version of “Instinct Of Survival” is a prime example of how good The Hermans can be. Fortunately for them they don’t need cover songs to base their existence upon. Take a listen to the title track if you need proof. In fact the whole album stands as good proof. Though it is merely 20 minutes long it still feels complete. The intensity and aggression are served in right portions.
The thing I like the least about HERMAN RAREBELL is their vocalist. Not that he is anywhere near being uninspired or without talent. It’s just that I don’t like all his variants of extreme vocal. At times I think he is brilliant, other times it just doesn’t click. Since “Wageslave” by KILL THE CLIENT is around the same length and because the bands could very well share fans, I use that album as a measurement for “Too Late For Peace”. The winner is in my opinion “Wageslave”, though not by knockout. Both bands should be checked out by those who want music containing hatred and bile.
“Too Late For Peace” will most likely be heralded as a good attempt at making Grindcore. At least it should be. (Online April 23, 2006)