I FIND IT’S EASIER TO KEEP MY MOMENTUM UP IF I INDULGE IN CERTAIN URGES. WHICH MIGHT EXPLAIN WHY I’M TYPING IN CAPS. THEN AGAIN IT MIGHT BE BECAUSE I’M LISTENING TO THE NEWEST EP FROM SIBERIAN MEAT GRINDER AND I’M FUCKING AMPED UP LIKE A BUS FULL OF PRE-SCHOOLERS ON PCP.
Probably the latter.
The Russian street gang/thrash band/bear lords that comprise Siberian Meat Grinder has returned with their newest EP, “Versus the World”, which is a follow up to their 2012 release, “Hail to the Tsar”. As I mentioned before, these guys fucking RIP (Proof here) and this newest work IS NO GODDAMN EXCEPTION.
Subtlety is a word that has been surgical removed from this band from birth. Is a 10 foot grizzly bear, drenched in blood and wearing the remains of a viking warship on it’s head at a jaunty angle subtle? No it fucking well is not. Where was I going with that? Nowhere. Except to reinforce these guys are a literal representation of the word “ripping”. They follow a loose recipe of GO REALLY FUCKING FAST AND PLAY REALLY GODDAMN LOUD AND THIS IS TOTALLY GOING TO SOUND AWESOME!!
And it does. Every. Single. Time.
Maybe I’m just an ignorant pea-brain but very few things will put a smile on my face like some breakneck thrash riffing and vaguely coherent gang shouts. This is everything that was awesome about “Hail to the Tsar” except louder, faster and more focused. The shredding is shreddier, the drumming is drummier and the riffs are concrete splitters. Just listen to “Die on the Road”. JUST LISTEN TO IT.
There is even a couple surprises jammed into the five tracks, just to keep you on your toes. “Fire From the Grave” gets into this whole post/proggy breakdown tangent that actually feels like a proper part of what used to be a balls out thrash song. “Fukk Your Life” pulls this stunt again, with a rap cameo coming in to close the track out. These aren’t things you would ever expect to hear or make sense but they sure make sense to my ears.
So yes. This is yet another napalm watermelon of razor blades and rusty nails delivered hot and fresh from the desolate Russian tundra. And you know what? It’s free. Seriously. Free. So you have no excuse not to cram this stuff in your grubby little earholes.
Why are you still here?
*Note to the band if you actually end up reading this* It would be pretty cool to hear some more Russian in your songs. I don’t know what your driving reason for recording mostly in English is but having a couple songs in Russian would be pretty rad.