BERRY | 2007-04-08 >>>
"s/t" | LYCANTHROPHY "...v pasti moderní doby!"
7" EP (2006 Insane Society Records)
Extreme HC - A to Z
With all respect to the
church or religion bashing as spat by the Czech black metal bands,
Gride have cut to the quick sharp, clear and straight in away no black
metal band had managed! Substantial proof alone is the title of the
opening track of the new EP aimed at religion, or more precisely
militant attitude of the religious fanaticism "V kundě Panny Marie"
("In the Cunt of Virgin Mary") is something the local herds get more
annoyed by rather than "Eating the shit of Allah" for example, so even
the atheist’s face can’t avoid a frown, but the again, being vulgar is
not the reason Gride chose this title. They simply do away with
clichés even there where it does not seem possible, and what other way
to do it than say it straight? Iny thinks clear and whoever is in
doubt, there is an extensive inlay treatment of no religion ever being
"pure" enough to justify the innocent victims in its name.
So, off to church, where the bones rattle and the holy mass speeds
forth like a hurricane. Čert sets his drumkit in front of the church
organ and after the mentioned track finished off with a funny outro,
there’s one more track in an equally furious speed (named just
appropriately "Závody chrtů" ("Greyhound Race")). Iny’s voice is well
understood, so not necessary to stare into the lyrics. The easier
going song "Jakoby nic" in the middle is full of question marks.
Spoken intro is broken into with an air raid of bee clusters stricken
back with vocal, now that is "Nenávist"... Final eponymous "Skřípot"
("Gride") is perhaps unconsciously made more fierce compared to
previous tracks. Ad maximum! A short chant to say goodbye and the
worship is over.
have made their dream come true being on a split EP with GRIDE. Their
side is kicked off with a merry intro, followed by another treat of
extreme hard core, this time with yelling female voice (unlike Iny
Zdíša doesn’t make a single word understood...). Maybe there’s more
melody, it’s speedier and it has more breaks. Lyrics offer a bare form
of treating the traditional issued that sound more depressive and
hopeless. I see myself comparing again, but that’s somehow logical
with split EPs, isn’t it? It’s clear that Gride are a living legend of
Czech hardcore (could I possibly omit this sentence in the review?),
but Lycanthrophy are equal partners here, a band that not follows
behind but walks shoulder to shoulder!
Very nice looking vinyl split with cool graphic layout and everything
that you could possibly expect of Barvák and his Insane Society after
all these the years!