Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Smut "Slop" 2016 Splatter Zombie Records

Starting with a suitably gross sample of gurgles, grunts and grossness, Smut kicks things into high gear and never lets up for the duration of the 13 tracks that makes up Slop. It oozes and churns as much as it blasts and thrashes, making for a listen that is both energetic and disgusting. Imagine the thug from Robocop that gets covered in toxic waste trying to head bang. Bits and pieces would be flying off in furious chunks, enjoying your demise while being covered in a overwhelming avalanche of your own slop!

Pinpointing the bands sound is a bit tough. It's raucous and energetic and merges punk, grindcore, death metal and even the early days of black metal into a dizzying concoction. The guitar riffs are razor sharp, punctuated by a very harsh and distinct guitar tone. It reminds me of vintage Swedish death metal mixed with early Norwegian black metal. Your ears almost don't know how to handle it at first but it definitely adds to the power of the band and gives the riffing a unique feel for sure.

The songs are usually between a minute and a half to two minutes with only four tracks breaking the two minute mark. That said, these aren't simple songs. They cover a lot of ground within the short time frames. It all moves very quickly while remaining memorable and suitably extreme. Vocally the band pretty much sticks to a cavernous death growl that suits the music perfectly. They have an almost blown out speaker quality to them that only reinforces the noisier side of the band.It really is a sonic whirlwind and I can't get enough of it. The drumming is also top notch and definitely in the style that I prefer. Nothing fancy or self serving, just a high energy and powerful drum performance. It matches the riffs perfectly and never misses a step.

It's unfortunate that this CD is finding a release after the band has already called it a day. That said, it shouldn't stop anyone from checking out this album. It's high energy, extremely raw and rotten to the core. It has an addictive quality, the more I listen the more I want to keep listening. With each new listen, you'll hear a few new things in the riffing or maybe a short lead that was a bit more buried in the mix, or a drum flurry. For fans of extreme music, Slop should be considered an essential purchase. -Mike Hochins