Fuck The Facts

Stigmata High Five

Written by: PP on 22/08/2006 17:55:09

Unrelenting, unforgiving, un-everything grindcore. It would be next to impossible to find a better description for Fuck The Fact's Relapse debut "Stigmata High Five", an all-oppressive assault on all things melodic and organized. Much like their label-mates Unearthly Trance, the band's vocalist has a merciless, unrestraining voice that combines extreme-screaming and growling to create a monstrous voice, and when this is conjoined with the ear-shattering repetetive grind-riffs it's almost guaranteed to drill through your head leaving severe damage behind. Occasionally, the band is caught at attempts of Cattle Decapitation-style low-tuned scale-melodies, but never with enough proof to call it melody rather than just disorganized, chaotic noisecore with ferocious breakdowns and absolutely mental drumming with blast beats ruining the bass-receptive parts of your hearing mechanisms in no time.

By the time you've reached the end of second song "The Wrecking", it is not unforgivable to think 'so track five about to start...', as the breakdowns, disturbing silences and changes of pace and pitch mid-song are extreme enough to confuse the most dedicated extreme metal fan.

It's not that the songs are bad as such. The band shows incredible instrumental ability, as more often than not the songs are played at speeds definitely forcing your license to dry off for a couple of years at your local police authority. It's the repetetive-nature of the riffs, the disgusting lyrics in songs like "The Sound Of Your Smashed Head", the savage vocals and the overall abandonment of all things melodic that just doesn't fit into my mind. But then again, grindcore has never been my cup of tea, and the genre has thousands of dedicated fans so it's a matter of difference in opinions. Therefore, ignore my bias and discover "Stigmata High Five" yourself, as it still is one of the only grind albums I'll confess to having even the slightest attraction.

Download: What's Left Behind
For the fans of: Unearthly Trance, Cattle Decapitation, Dysentary
Listen: Myspace

Release date 28.08.2006
Relapse
Provided by Target ApS

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