No One Knows What the Dead Think – No One Knows What the Dead Think (Review)

No One Knows What the Dead Think - No One Knows What the Dead ThinkNo One Knows What the Dead Think are a grindcore band from the US and this is their debut album.

Featuring ex-members of the mighty Discordance Axis, No One Knows What the Dead Think contains 19 minutes of vicious, scathing music, (including a reworking of a Discordance Axis track). I haven’t been lucky enough to have this sort of sharp, piercing, non-standard grind boasting this sort of quality and intensity in my life since, well, the days of Discordance Axis.

Picking up where Discordance Axis left off, this album is a worthy continuation of that lineage. Blistering and abrasive, yet not without diversity or character, these ten tracks will burn your mind.

Angular and jagged, the guitars have personality and barbed presence. The drums are inhuman and precise, yet still exhibit a surprising amount of warmth. The vocals alternate between brutal growls and unhinged screams, with the latter providing the bulk of the performance. Taken together, these three components – guitars, drums, vocals – combine to produce atypical and inventive grindcore of a ridiculously high calibre.

Operating with prime technical hostility and savage feral abandon, alongside an undercurrent of harsh emotive atmosphere in places, No One Knows What the Dead Think is exceptionally enjoyable.

Essential.

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