Kosuke Hashida
Justifiable Homicide

Grindcore is one of those genres that’s pretty hard to fuck up. It’s pretty safe to say that Napalm Death are the creators and innovators of the genre and since their inception, countless numbers of Grindcore bands popped up in almost every country, Wormrot in Japan, Nasum from Sweden and Brutal Truth in the States to name three; although there’s tons more scattered around. There is very little information on Kosuke Hashida, I’m not sure if it is a one-man operation or if there are other members, there’s nothing on Metal-archives.com  so I’m in a bit of band limbo here. But I guess it doesn’t matter in the end, Justifiable Homicide is a heavy as fuck Grindcore album.

Right out of the gate, the title track smacks your bitch up proper, and it’s a Lock Up style rumbler, the clean snare acting like a metronome whip cracking blasts left and right. The guitars have a nice, raw yet beefy bite to them which brings an old school feeling with them. “Massive Hemorrhage” brings more Lock Up style delivery, with the midsection providing pummeling blast beats before songs end. The songs are short in the best Grindcore way, “Suicide Again” has a killer Terrorizer feeling to it, as the drums blast over the staccato riffing.

“Think Twice “ is the longest track, clocking in at 2:21 so there’s a bit more going on in it, while “Psychotic Depression” opens with a sick as fuck bass intro, this being the second longest track at 2:16 and the bass makes another appearance near tracks end.

This is such a brutal album, unrelenting in delivery. The shortest track at :48 seconds “the Last Word” literally unleashes Hell in it’s short life span. The final two tracks “Dehumanized” and the Napalm Death style of “Nakano Grind City” bring it all to an epic finish in this 14:55 minute magnum Grindcore opus. I had this album on repeat for the better part of a day, which means I listened to it for many hours on end, soaking in every note and time change.

At the end of the day, Justifiable Homicide is a hefty slab of raging Grindcore. I wish I knew more about the band, but I’ve learned to accept it these days. It is what it is, and for you fans of all things Grindcore; Brutal Truth, Lock Up, Nasum, and the mighty Napalm Death. This album will be an excellent addition to your collection. I guarantee it.

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Written by Jeremy Beck
May 15th, 2024

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