Brutal grind is miraculously taking on
a new lease of life in the fertile region surrounding Strasbourg, and
Inhumate represent the top of this phenomenon, bringing on a heptalogy
about the concept of life and abolition of time. "Internal Life",
the first part of it is an illustration of the antenatal life, "Ex-pulsion"
depicts the moment of birth, "Growth" doesn't need
explanations and then "Maturity", "The 5th
Season", "Death" and "Eternal Life"(concerning
mankind's journey through infinity) are gonna follow.
After "I Want To Kill Some...(Part 3)", a pure short
grinding blast, the derangement starts with "Underground",
powerviolence grind injecting granitical riffs. The Transalpine
4-piece try to space out the genre cliches as much as possible like
with "Copyright" (interluded by a psychotic laugh),
or "Grind God" (stressing out odd drum times and phlegm
expectorations), or even more during "Grind to the Core"
(a sort of bizarre groovy grind nu-metal that might perfectly belong
to Katklysm's repertoire!).
A strong point in Inhumate's music stands in the utilization of different
vocals and voice effects divided bewteen Christophe Knecht (vocals
only) together with David Loessl (all guitars and backing vokillz),
especially in "Clock", "Vanite?",
"Karamazov" and "Satyriasis", alternating
growls, aggressive voices, expectorations-like ("The Fright",
"Grind to the Core" for instance), and most of all
extremely cool 'wash-basin gurglings'.
All the album is constantly on high quality levels, however,
if I were asked which my fave tracks are the choice would go to the
pulsing "Grind God", "Vanite?" - super
riffs and sudden mega acceleration -, and "Karamazov",
gifted with an ever devastating vocal attack.
Important to be emphasized are also the use of lyrics and song titles
in English, French and German, besides a quite clear, yet massive production,
in which crushing riff onslaughts are silhoutted, along with frantic
grind drum structures, sometimes influenced by Napalm Death's Danny
Herrera's, even if Yannick Giess (drums) sometimes seems to have
more arms than an octopus (just listen to the ultra fast "Satyriasis"),
and it has to be said he does his job with true heart-and-soul commitment,
enriching each of the 17 tracks here included.
Of course it's no easy task to write various songs in a style like grind,
still Inhumate seem to have achieved this goal till 80%; notwithstanding
I'm convinced that if they added a 2nd guitarist, they would exploit
their potential at the best.
"Growth" is one of the most valid grind albums I've
been listening to in the last years, apart from Hemdale/Exhumed's split,
Hameorrhage/Depression's split and Nyctophobic's latest, nevertheless
only the French brutish purveyors are so clever to merge UK's old
school mid-80's grind with the 2nd generation one, without boring or
losing an ounce of malice. Contains a rich 12-page booklet.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 27/10/02
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)
+ 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