Personally, I'm ProgamaI really admire guys who can write cogent, meaningful reviews of grindcore albums. I simply don’t have the required skillset to pick out all the subtle differences as they flash by in 0:20. It doesn’t help that I’m grossly under-educated about the genre and have very little practice writing about it.
But when it comes to deathgrind, like Antigama, I’m a little more comfortable. Stop the Chaos is a 15-minute EP from the Poles. It’s my first experience with the decade-plus old band, but from what I gather, their recorded output has had a spotty reception. You’d never guess it from the confidence displayed on this EP.
The songs are constructed from short, in-your-face blasts and much shorter pauses. I don’t think they know how to be subtle. But then again, Polish metal is never subtle, and that’s the way it should be. The five real songs on this record (not excluding the mostly ambient 4 minute closer) stick around long enough to make an impact, and they have plenty of memorable moments.
It’s furious, and awesome. But it has one problem. Doom aficionado that I am, I still feel like these 2-3 minute cuts are too long. I’ve complained that some grind (like Wormrot) goes by too fast to notice it, and to let it sink in, but after hearing this I’ve begun to understand why they keep it so short.
A song should go on as long as it needs to, whether that be 30 seconds or 80 minutes. In this case, they went a little too long. But the music is still very good, extreme shit.
The Verdict: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Also, I'm not sure how available this will be in the US. The import on Amazon is pricy.