Deathcycle and The Horror…Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2006 @ 9:27am » permalink
Nice. This self-titled affair from Chainsaw Safety Records is Deathcycle's first full-length, and what a promising introduction it is. 13 tracks of dark, furious hardcore/punk with hints of both sludgy and thrashy metal in just under a half-hour. This ain't run of the mill material at all, though. Sure, lyrical themes attacking religion, greed, corruption, etc. aren't uncommon, but the content's much more pointed and involved than most:
There's a million dead people that are never coming back. And if you look at our history, it goes on and on, wars that they create and we are the pawns…
And the songwriting? Impressive. From typical bouts of three-chord hardcore or sparsely D-beat styled rhythms they branch out into pulverizingly heavy blasts of rugged, thrashy riffing or even some chaotically dissonant textures on occasion, with a range of tempos that jumps from the slow and pounding to the grindingly quick. The end result is one that's not unfamiliar, but also never sounds generic or stale, and keeps things moving so constantly that there's no time for getting bored, which is awesome. Take some traditional hardcore, some crust punk, some grindcore, some power violence, smear it all together in a somehow cohesive fashion, and the result sounds a lot like this album… and it's fuckin' awesome.
The layout on this thing totally rules as well. I love it. Nice, heavy recording, too. Highly recommended overall, so definitely pick this shit up. It's only $10 straight from the label: