Well, smack my ass and call me Judy! Ho-lee-shit! Where did this disc come from?
Well, ok, I know where it came from, what I mean is why haven't I been bombarded
by glowing reports on this Italian Grindcore act? ...That's right, Grindcore from Italy...
"Occlused In Ottusity" (no I don't know what it means) has been out for a while now,
even longer in Europe, but just because it got to me late doesn't mean you should
miss out on hearing about it.
This is probably the best Grind CD I've heard in the last year at least,
and considering that it's the band's first full-length, that's pretty damn impressive!
The songs are (as can be expected) horrendously fast, and super short. In fact, only 6
out of 32 tracks manage to break the one-minute barrier! Now, you might think it impossible
for a Grind band to add much variety within a one-minute song, but you'd be wrong.
There is a solid half hour of Grinding mayhem here, and I guarantee you'll not get bored,
or ever feel like the band are repeating themselves. Quite the accomplishment in this little sub-genre.
The drums are programmed, but you'd never be able to tell the difference,
the vocals are of course incomprehensible, but again, that's expected, and you're not gonna care anyway.
What really matters, is that along with the prerequisite blinding speed comes a face-melting
heaviness that I haven't heard for years outside of a Napalm Death platter.
Why some reviewers only seem to be lukewarm on this I don't know, but I'll testify in the band's
defence any day! Plus, any band that samples a clip from one of Ennio Morricone's brilliant
film scores (I think this one is from "A Few Dollars More") has to be cool, right? Oh, and
there is also a short promo vid for your PC included, very amusing. If Grind is your thing,
I would have to call this one a "must have". The band's website is as of this writing, under construction,
but can be found at balatonizer.com.
RATING = 9