4 years of hard work, here's another chapter of the concept about existance
got to the step of adult life. This time the extreme transalpine grinders
seem to have made things big, thanks to a great enhanced CD section
and a particular care in the booklet graphics as well.
As for music, the co-ordinates are still the same, in that the band
doesn't surrender to business and never will! True independent underground
music for true underground people, that seems to be their motto.
"No Answer" is a fast in-your-face song where you can
already admire and enjoy the huge production put into this record: never
have their guitars been so crushing and the drumming so distinct and
hammering. "A Trip" is a song that concerns all small
bands and like "For Lust", which takes back the theme
of the old "Satyriasis", is groovy death with ultra-guttural
uneffected scrapings; it seems incredible but it's the truth, so let
me congratulate with Christophe for this result, man, what do you have
in your lungs? Gimme the name of your puseher, pkease! Such gurglings
are destined to excite the envy of bunches of brutal vocalists, trust
me! There are also other kinds of extreme vocals and an excellent drum
work confirming that Yannick never wants to disappoints us by staying
at the same level of the previous record.
Death rattles await you at the beginning of "Blasted (History
of a Dive)" before the typical grind attack; really well chosen
to represent a safe death situation, where the only human intervention
possible is the decision to be made between 2 different kinds of demises.
I find the songs more defined and the structures more distinguished
in comparison with "Growth", and there's even more
variety (consider we're talking of a grind band), as clearly listenable
in "Destiny?" or the vicious "Labyrinth",
gifted with a great middle riff. "I Want to Kill Some...(Part
IV)" is a track longer to write than to listen to (actually
consisting of 3 seconds), whereas a very positive example of how grindcore
was played in the beginning is the following "Sickness Is the
Law". Another gutter vocals come from "Sons of Earth",
including other aggressive ones too. This song and "The Fight"
displays the best lyrics of all the album: wonderful, straightforward
and against the muzzle of close-minded people who consider this society
evolved thanks to technology but they don't think about the coldness
or loss of feelings and keep their fears low by placing their safety
hopes into gods created by few men to enslave the herd exactly like
politics does, no matter which side or colour you choose to observe.
A little quality drop is in "N.D.S." and the fast drummed
"The Scorpion"; I hope Inhumate won't feel any resentment,
but there's something not fully convincing me here, like for example
some vocals in the latter and the arrangement of the former, which could've
been improved, yet "Thank You" brings the 32-smile
on my face again and the thumbs up immediately cause it's a top-notch
song, and my mind can skim the perfection of heaven with the extremely
intense "Rage"; everybody bow to this song and the
follower "One Day", a little early Napalm Death influenced,
with an intelligent text as well. The end is entrusted to "Life",
which is a part of the show the French had last 2001 when they opened
for Sepultura, so it's a good occasion for neophytes to deal with the
old stuff for the first time.
As I said music, recording, artwork and attitude are far more than alright,
just add that there's a multimedia section about all of their releases,
info, CD/demo covers, 40 photos and 3 killer crazy video clips shot
at the Obscene Extreme festival, then I think we just can't ask Inhumate
for a bigger effort. If only there were 10,000,000 people in the music
business working their asses off like them and with the same positive
attitude, then the world wouldn't be infested by rockstars anymore and
the people who put passion into music (bands, labels, journalists...)
wouldn't have to surrender to compromises like doing other shitty jobs
to get to the end of the month (like the undersigned). In a nutshell,
Inhumate deserve the maximum respect without ifs nor buts.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 2/4/04
Christophe Knecht - v.
David Loessl - g., backing v.
Fréderic Anton - b.
Yannick Giess - d.
Abstract Suffering (demo 93, sold out)
Grind Your Soul (demo 95, sold out)
Internal Life (CD 96, Grind Your Soul distro, sold out)
Ex-pulsion (CD 97, Grind Your Soul)
Growth (CD 00, Grind Your Soul)
Life (CD 04, Grind You Soul )
+ lots of compilations, compilation and split tapes)
c/o Fred Anton
1, rue du Collège - 67170 Brumath - France
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 68 35 74
Grind Your Soul prod. distro:
c/o Yannick Giess, 4 rue de Remiremont, 67170 Brumath - France
TEL : 00.33.(0)126.96.36.199.43