ATHRENODY: Crazed Development: CD

I did not know that this band had existed for a short period of time back in the early ‘90s. It’s amazing that they went into the studio to record an album’s worth of material before the break up. Vocals were not recorded for the session until 2005. This band featured the singer from Exhumed and leans towards the early grind meets death metal sounds, taking hints from Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and sounds like the current Japanese band 324. If I would have heard this in their heyday, I would have been all over this. Songs that average in the two minute range—not relying on pure speed—this band uses a bit of dirty power chords with short bursts of blast beats. Kind of a muddy sludge feel but you can feel the power of the music. The vocals are deep but not full-on cookie monster. I like that it has a sort of demo feel to it but with better production; not over-the-top but dirty enough to keep the madness in check. Great that this has seen the light of day. Co-released with 625 and De Rok.

 –don (To Live a Lie)