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LABRAT (Eng): "Ruining it for Everyone" Cd 2002 Visible Noise

Review by: Necrogoregrinder | 02/01/2001

 

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A detail that I absolutely loved when I got this promo was the small note that states “Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting recommended” on the back of the booklet. Visible Noise already rules dammit! Back to LABRAT, the band plays some sort of technical, ultrametallic post-grindcore with a shitload of tempo changes, vocal shifts, and an assortment of manic schizophrenia, yet maintaing the contant cruching riffing of, say, latest BRUTAL TRUTH as structural backbone. More similar to the likes of COALESCE or AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, I have the impression that LABRAT is one of those bands which doesn’t really like to look hindisght at the grindcore genre (made in Britain as well, mind ye), projected instead towards quite experimental yet direct sonorities, like dissonant nerve curling guitars and screams to the top of the lungs. I always dealt with Englishmen music with kid gloves as there has always been some sort of different approach when they play. I do not agree completely to the label’s statement that LABRAT is so completely straight and unsubtle, I had to hear this album a few times befor actually starting digesting it, it’s more experimental and studied than a million other grind bands from all across Europe. Constantly slipping from the canonical structures this is a kind of trippy brutal grind I have started to like.

 

Tracks (10): 1) Diary of a Piss Drinker 2) Father Son and Holy Goat 3) Retention 4) Hilary’s Song 5) Rest Among the Silt 6) Instant Karma 7) Clint Eastwood is Very Hard, Innit 8) Merrick Sympathiser 9) Phuelled by Farmaceuticals 10) Two Pigs Fucking