In Total Contempt
(No Colours Records) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 Heavy as all hell! This is an exhibition of unadulterated angst and in-your-face aggression. The sound of the instruments is as raw as one can get without turning into noise, but this is a good thing here since it captures the feel of the music. The songs reach that comfortable speed limit, where one can still process what's going on. It's when the songs break down into punk-like beats, pounding mid tempo double-bass drum sections, and slower passages with a doomy yet animated vibe, that their sound is most defined. The tone of the vocals almost has has a sound similar to Kreator's Mille Petrozza, only here the sound is deeper, and a bit more scatchy and aggressive.
This is black metal in feel, but the music has a unique mix of punk elements which gives it a moshable characteristic. This disc is so damn raw, that on some songs, you can hear the guitar noises that are normally edited out of the begining and end of the songs. It's a cool effect here, since it makes you feel like you are in the studio with the band. The riffs are a mix of fast picking lines with very few different notes, and the power chords, which are most often strummed openly, giving the music a loose rhythmic groove instead of the more rigid, muted guitar sound. The few guitar leads contained here have the atonal feel of those on the early Slayer records.
"In Total Contempt" is a fine example of pure aggression that transfers faithfully unto the recorded medium. The energy is there, and it's intense.