War From A Harlots Mouth

While far from the worst in the recent slew of gimmick laden tech grind death core, Germany’s War From A Harlot’s Mouth is still a fairly run of the mill foray into screaming growling, breakdown heavy pseudo grindcore/death metal played by angry kids with guitars and a love for silly song names.

Despite injecting some random, jazz y,free form moments of quirky randomness (“How Disconnect From your Social Surroundings in Half an Hour”, “Trife Life”) and a few acceptable moments for breakdown filled heaviness, (“Heeey… Let’s Start a Band!”, “Fighting Wars With Keyboards” and the machine gun filled breakdown to end “If You Want To Blame Us For Something Wrong, Please Abuse This Song!” is pretty genius), and the now expected longer more ambient almost post rock track (“Mudder”), the overall formula is played out and rather predictable, lacking neither the intense tightness of say Despised Icon or the pummeling heft of say I Declare War, Embrace the End or Emmure.

That being said this isn’t as completely awful and purely gimmicky filled as recent releases by Dance Club Massacre or Arsonists Get All the Girls, and other than those few jazzy bursts, delivers a much better straight up deathcore delivery than those two laughable efforts. Transmetropolitan is more in par with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon or The Devil Wears Prada and The Truckers as far as genre-riffic, squealing growling, rumbling competence filled with by the numbers elements. It’s decent and the band are solid musicians, but the album is just not that great and the jazzy interludes come across as incredibly gimmicky and forced.

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Written by Erik T
November 5th, 2007


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