NEEDFUL THINGS / ROSKOPP: Split: 7”

Okay, here’s my beef: I’m immediately turned off by any record that A. doesn’t include lyrics but B. still uses imagery in their packaging that includes scenes of shocking violence, images that frequently take place in underdeveloped or war-ravaged nations—in this case a video still of a group of smiling men holding a man’s severed head aloft. There’s no context beyond the bands’ attempt at being “brutal.” I understand that it’s supposedly an aesthetic of the genre (in this case, grindcore), but I personally think it’s totally fucking irresponsible and exploitative. That aside, both bands here sound like some gigantic dot matrix printer screeching behind Yog-Sothoth’s answering machine message. Meaning the record’s essentially a wall of noise with a monster yelling over the top of it. I’ll pass.

 –keith (To Live A Lie, tolivealie.com)