Total Fucking Destruction
Compact Disc Version 1

Brutal, terror inducing, apocalyptic grindcore – with a name like Total Fucking Destruction, what else can you really expect? Following the path carved out by genre masters Pig Destroyer, Discordance Axis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, etc, Total Fucking Destruction take a simpler yet teeth-gnashingly hateful approach to the standard grindcore formula.Featuring a drum set stripped down to the bare essentials of a bass, snare, high hat, and two crash cymbals, the backdrop is laid for a rather formulaic and boring album, yet the triple guitar assault and numerous vocal styles employed keep Compact Disc Version 1 interesting throughout. At times a Pig Destroyer-ish groove rumbles through the chaos long enough to lend each song an identity. A disappointingly thin production hinders the brutality slightly, as the unbridled lunacy of their live show naturally cannot be contained by a simple digital medium.

On this collection of demos, non-demos, live cuts, and any other recorded piece of aural terrorism fit for consumption, Total Fucking Destruction single mindedly deliver some of the most vitriolic, acidic grindcore this side of Cattle Decapitation. At just over 58 minutes long this monstrous slab of grind proves to be just slightly too long; as is the case with most grind, after a half hour the lack of variation becomes a source of tedium. Still, what’s here is undeniably hateful and terrifyingly effective, even if there is a bit too much of it for all but the most dedicated grindhead.

With a genre saturated by as many one man projects as Norway in winter, the question is whether or not Total Fucking Destruction are able to separate themselves from the pack. Short answer yes, long answer no; while the overly simplistic blasting and triple guitar assault that pad each song are undeniably appealing and fresh at first, the formula eventually wears thin over the course of the album. Like a bullet to the head Compact Disc Version 1 is a perfect quick fix for your sadistic grindcore addiction.

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Written by Brent Mittelstadt
November 9th, 2005

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