SCALPLOCK
"Spread The Germs…Over the Human Worms"

(Cacophonous)

01. Enclosed 02. Alienated 03. Pedagogy For The Oppressed 04. Ever Eluding Promise 05. I Conform 06. All In The Past 07. Cerebral Crawl 08. Counterworks 09. Mass Malaise 10. Two Feet Down With The World To Go 11. Animated Capitalism 12. Spread The Germs 13. Committed 14. Distorted Mind 15. Hyperbole 16. Reaping Time Has Come 17. Protagonist 18. Safe In Numbers 19. Select 20. Structure 21. Corrupt 22. Contrive 23. Seethe 24. Fugitive 25. No Name 26. Ensorcell 27. Helpless 28. Silent Moment 29. Disconnect 30. Adamantine Star

RATING: 9/10

Thirty tracks. Yep, you read it right, there are thirty tracks on this album — and not a demo cut, weedy alternative mix or scratchy live track in sight. Harking back to a train of thought that denotes if you can't say what you need to in the space of one-and-a-half minutes or under, you're just over-stretching the mark, grindcore revisionists SCALPLOCK are a revelation in an extreme scene brimming with welterweight bands who manage to reduce the noble blast beat to a tiresome drone.

SCALPLOCK's agenda is a highly politicized one (pouring scorn over US-Israeli collusion in the oppression of Palestine, general imperialistic meddling and the like), and even if you don't necessarily agree with their blunt opinions, there can be no debate over whether or not politics and music go together when something like this renders you helpless as it melts your face off.

Oddly, a lilting Spanish guitar breezes forth on opener "Enclosed" — but this is the last semblance of musical restraint you will hear as Pete (guitar/vocals), Gorkus (bass) and Martin (drums) gnash, crash and batter their way through as if to tear your sound system a new asshole. It's hugely compelling stuff (especially considering the velocities Martin reaches for one so skinny) that is unafraid of bleeding over into the realms of sonic fuzz. That said, if you can't recognize the supreme riffs on "Two Feet Down With The World To Go", "Committed" or "Structure", then you really must tear your ears away from those nu death metal albums and discover this scathing white noise for a multi-colored world.

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