Recently, I’ve noticed that grind appears to be the influence de rigeur, with many bands aiming to utilise it as a seemingly last gasp effort at highlighting their dexterity and extremity.
However the brutal truth is that many drummers aim to channel the spirit of Richard Hoak, but ultimately sound like an Argos drum kit tumbling down a flight of stairs. It’s not big, and it’s not clever.
In spite of this, Philadelphia grinders, Drones For Queens have nothing to worry about as their debut, ‘Health’, is as jarringly belligerent as it is gratifying.
Post-blastbeat lulls during ‘Health’ are punctuated by a chiming distortion, but these are fleeting reprieves. ‘The Politics of Revenge’ is a migraine inducing cacophony of disordered grind and bilious noise a la Unsane.
In fact there’s an exceedingly high dose of non-prescription Amphetamine Reptile surging deep within their veins, and this can only be viewed as positive; a refreshing move away from the muddied waters of d-beat and crust-influenced grind to which many of us are accustomed.
Another reviewer complained that the vocals were too high in the mix, which is a ridiculous assertion quite frankly. There are few things in my life as enjoyable as being berated by someone I don’t know over a caterwaul of grinding disarray.
Posted: Fri 28 September 2012