GROTESQUE – “Feedback Loop” (Album Review) – 15/09/2017
Grotesque have been one of, if not the leading Brutal Death Metal bands in Western Australia since 2004. Their debut album Museum of Human Disease (2007) and follow up EP saw them rise to prominence and play sets along side some of the biggest names in the genre (Nile, Decapitated, Suffocation, Psycroptic and more). In more recent times Grotesque have been relatively inactive, however they’re back in a big way in 2017 dropping their sophomore album Feedback Loop.
It’s been refreshing to see a band step away from regular gigs on the local scene for a number of years but still maintain their strong reputation. Often bands get into the trap of feeling like they need to play gigs to keep relevant. Grotesque’s hiatus and subsequent reception upon their return is proof that if you’re music is good enough people won’t forget.
I’m not sure if there is a form of epilepsy that is triggered by sound (rather than the usual visual triggers), but if there is and you happen to suffer from it, stay the hell away form this album – the relentless blast beats will be the end of you! Machine gun blasts, catchy yet technical riffs, and powerful deep guttural are the focal points of the release.
Feedback loop doesn’t need a song by song appraisal or a sprawling essay to convey what it’s all about. This is no nonsense, cutting edge brutality – certainly not for the faint hearted. This album will be an instant hit with fans of bands such as Necrophagist, Dying Fetus and Decrepit Birth.
AMNPLIFY – DB
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