20 April 2009
by Luke Morton
Possibly one of the best 21st century grindcore bands today, Agoraphobic Nosebleed have unleashed yet another blast of anger fuelled mayhem on the music world. With the use of a drum machine, the Massachusetts bruisers reach new levels of carnage – many tracks are over 1000 BPM, and main man Scott Hull once recorded at 100,000 BPM.
Agorapocalypse is indeed a very… very fast album, and yet not unlistenable. The title track itself is a great intro to the album, the constant changes in vocalist add so much more depth to the song with a mixture of growls, screams and even high pitched screeches with grinding sounds in the background.
Despite the album having thirteen tracks, it is a short listen. ‘Timelord One’ and ‘Ex-Cop’ last under a minute. Few songs actually break the three-minute marker, but that’s what grindcore is all about: short, sharp blasts of anger that make you bang your head violently.
A prime example of this is ‘Moral Distortion’, it’s music to incite circle pits. The chugging riffs really get your head nodding whether you want to or not, also there’s a nice addition at the end with a sound bite of a woman saying, “Musicians can not play a single note unless they eat drugs first.”
Watch the video to ‘Built To Grind’ by Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Sadly though, the album does lose momentum towards the end, the last four or five songs don’t add anything new to Agorapocalypse at all; there’s a distinct sense of deja vu. The heaviness and the brutality though cannot be denied, this album is a top example of current grindcore and where it could be heading.
Sounds Like: Pig Destroyer, Brutal Truth, Graf Orlock
Top Tracks: Moral Distortion, Hung From The Rising Sun, Agorapocalypse Now
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Agorapocalypse tracklisting
Timelord One (Loneliness Of The Long Distance Drug Runner)
Dick To Mouth Resuscitation
Hung From The Rising Sun
First National Stem Cell And Clone
Question Of Integrity
Timelord Two (Paradoxical Reaction)
White On White Crime
Druggernaught Jug Fuck