Somehow I missed this when it came out in January, so the fact that it’s now had a vinyl release seems the perfect opportunity to see what Human Cull’s third album has to offer. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, make sure you check out 2014’s Stillborn Nation and 2018’s Revenant for some great grinding fun.
To Weep for Unconquered Worlds boasts 20 tracks in 23 minutes and features some of Human Cull’s best material so far.
To Weep for Unconquered Worlds is Human Cull taken to the next level. The band’s short and scathing music is relentless and harsh, and these new brief flashes of violence are hideously enjoyable. With an increased death metal component and some dissonant enhancements, Human Cull have produced a furious deathgrind bonanza that any fan of grind needs to check out. Think a mix of Nasum, Antigama, Brutal Truth, and Gorguts, and you’ll soon realise how damn good Human Cull are.
The band’s murderous blasting is offset by crushing groove and lethal atmosphere. Each song has its own identity, which is often difficult for any band to achieve, let alone a grindcore one with 20 songs. Human Cull know what they’re doing with the style though, and the mix of hardcore, death metal, and atypical dissonance is combined in a variety of inventive and monstrous ways to produce a collection of tracks that are very satisfying and rewarding. Some songs lean into one influence more than another, or combine them in different ways; in this way each has something of its own to offer the listener, and each absolutely destroys.
Yes, this is grindcore played at the top end of the quality spectrum. I often lament the lack of good grind these last few years, but not today. To Weep for Unconquered Worlds is a pure winner.
Essential for any grindcore fan.