Reviews Despise Desolate/Inebriated

Despise

Desolate/Inebriated


The second transmission of the Profane Existence Limited Edition Single Series—a subscription service that delivers seven inches of brand new vinyl to your doorstep every month—is from the latest Minneapolis-based troupe of metallic crust punkers, Despise. The band features former members of a handful of Midwestern crust acts—most notably Minneapolis legends, Destroy—and is fronted by Hannah, previously of Chicago’s Securicor and Krang.

Despise’s songs are deliberate, forceful blasts of punk obliteration, just as much as they are subtle cultivations of gloomy, blackened nervousness. By incorporating aspects from the crustier side of black metal, "Desolate" successfully conveys dark tones without compromising any thrashing vehemence. Hannah’s throat-ripping vocals are consistently growled, rather than given the “blown-out” effect vindictive the recent raw noise trend. The instrumentation remains equally unswerving; the mix never allows for one player to outshine another. 

Whereas side A leans more in the metal direction, the flipside shows a band that is no-doubt indebted to the artless D-beaten torrent of classic Minneapolis crust punk. As the needle drops and the first chord of "Inebriated" is struck, it’s as if you can feel the chilly perspiration of 25 plus years of cold, damp basements begin to slowly drip down the small of your back. As the music begins to take over, it's easy to imagine yourself feverishly avoiding the clumped Brillo Pad-like consistency of the dreadlocks that threaten to hit you in the face and/or spill your drink with each flail of the owner’s head. You bury your forehead in the Misery back patch on the person in front of you and just push… And, well, you get the point; it's easy to get lost in this stuff.

This record is yet another example of why Minneapolis remains one of the world's premier crust punk locales.

8.0 / 10Nathan G. O'Brien
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

8.0 / 10

8.0 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Crypt Sermon

The Ruins of Fading Light

8.5 / 10 Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light album cover

The evolution of a band is something that most of us can comprehend through their musical output and live appearances and where most bands evolve quite publicly, there are some ...

CJ Ramone

The Holy Spell

8.2 / 10 CJ Ramone - The Holy Spell album cover
200 Words Or Less

As of August 6th, it’s been 23 long, languid year’s since The Ramones played their final show. Since then, all the original members - Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy ...

New Dialogue

Teach Me How to Feel EP

5.0 / 10 New Dialogue - Teach Me How to Feel EP album cover

New Dialogue's Facebook bio states that the Los Angeles-based quintet "speaks for the moment", and with their band name they "assume an important responsibility" -- bold claims from a band ...

Related news

Records SPB exclusive stream: Profane Existence - Single Series Mixtape

Posted April 10, 2013, 8:48 p.m.

For our April exclusive stream, Scene Point Blank is proud to team up with Profane Existence to present the Singles Series mixtape, featuring 6 tracks from the Jan-June singles in ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.