D9: Self-titled: CD

Jul 13, 2010

Clearly, the powerviolence thing is enjoying a bit of resurgence right now, and while it seems to me that I should enjoy the combination of crushing, sludgy tempos and insane fast parts, the whole genre has always sounded somewhat disjointed to me. I mean, even the shortest, speedy punk songs can be written well, but powerviolence (worst fucking genre title ever, by the way) just seems like a bunch of mediocre musical ideas sandwiched together with any sense of cohesion abandoned for the sake of a particular formula… a formula that doesn’t do anything for me at all. Anyway, D9 are an Israeli band of the aforementioned persuasion, who, as far as I can tell, bring very little of interest to the table. But maybe these guys are the best thing to happen to powerviolence since… I don’t even know. I don’t get it.

 –Dave William (Urban Decay/HCB, myspace.com/urbandecayrecs)