SICK/TIRED: King of Dirt: LP

Sep 19, 2013

In what very might well be the grindcore album of the year from a band that may or may not even consider themselves a grind band, Sick/Tired have solidified themselves as legitimate contenders in a genre that has been left with a large void, due to the absence of heavy hitters and impact-makers such as Insect Warfare. It’s sad to say, but I’ve almost become desensitized to blast beats. Often, they’re meaningless and trite, showboat-y displays of lack of actual talent. But don’t fucking kid yourselves, folks; not all extreme music sounds the same. A large part of it, however, does end up sounding quite redundant and stagnant that it can be easy to dismiss it as “just a bunch of idiots playing as fast as they can.” Sick/Tired, however, have more than an earful in objection to that misconceived notion. Not since the aforementioned Insect Warfare have I been able to simply shut my eyes and smile to the delight of jackhammer drum wallops, earplug-melting bass cab rattling, and tree shredder jammed full of rusty buzzsaws-like guitar shredding. From Enslavement to Obliteration, Anticapital, The Inalienable Dreamless, World Extermination, and now King of Dirt: add another to the list of grindcore classics.

 –Juan Espinosa (Cowabunga)