Customized Warfare

So France’s Overcome Records has released two blistering grindcore records, one of which being the Tolkein named (Mumakil is taken from the Lord Of The Rings and is the Black Speech plural word for the giant oliphaunts) side project of several members of Swiss experimental metalcore act Knut (the other being Blockheads); and it’s a fucking scorcher.

32 un-named tracks of furious classic grindcore (not that spazzy, chaotic, scream filled bullshit kids are calling grindcore nowadays), this is Napalm Death (In fact, track 21 is a cover of ND’s “Social Sterility”), Rotten Sound, Phobia and Nasum styled fury of a pretty high quality.

Complete with a few oddball samples (the Robocop sample stat starts Track 11 is particularly amusing), Mumakil’s short, sharp bursts of dual vocal (deep grunts and higher register screams) grindcore is pretty much a perfect display of the genre. A few slower grooves littler the savagery (i.e. Track 12, Track 14, Track 15, Track 17, Track 22) but otherwise this is a skin peeling high velocity assault, and at 36 minutes, the album is surprisingly long for such consistently good, short, savage tracks.

Frankly, Mumakil is the most ferocious thing to come out of Switzerland since….erm….er…..let me get back to you on that…

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Written by Erik T
May 21st, 2007


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