Mini Reviews: Murder Construct and Birds In Row

Murder Construct – Results (Relapse Records)


You would think that a grindcore band comprised of some of the most prolific veterans of the genre would be a no-brainer, a home run if you will.  In the case of Murder Construct‘s first LP, Results, you would be absolutely right.  Consisting of Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) on vocals, Leon del Muerte (ex-Exhumed) on lead guitar, Kevin Fetus (Fetus Eaters, Watch Me Burn) on rhythm guitar, Caleb Schneider (Bad Acid Trip) on Bass, and Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, ex-Phobia, ex-Uphill Battle) on drums, this all star cast deliver some of the most thought out, original and pummeling grind of the year.

A perfect continuation of their 2010 self-titled debut EP, Results straps on a pitchforked dildo and fucks you in the face repeatedly for 35 minutes, leaving you bloody and ashamed as you writhe helplessly on the floor.  It’s home to the grindcore anthem of the year, “Compelled By Mediocrity”, whose lyrics rant and rave about the autotune reliant, pseudo-polyrhythmic and breakdown heavy carbon copy bands that have proliferated the metalsphere as of late; it’s near impossible not to sing along as Ryan belts out “Born to suck / Bred to be the same”.  Travis’s one of a kind vocal iterations pair perfectly with del Muerte’s breakneck guitar work and Walker’s unfuckwithable prowess behind the kit.  It’s a true gem in a genre that’s so easily hacked and underwhelming, and I say that as an unabashed and devoted grindcore fanatic.  Murder Construct are leading, not following, as they plow their way through your ear drums and nest viciously in your cerebral cortex, forever changing the makeup of your musical preferences.

Results 9.6/10


Birds In Row – You, Me And The Violence (Deathwish, Inc.)

Metalcore is a genre that, for all intents and purposes, should have died a long, long time ago.  Most of the old timers have long since moved on to either contemporary rock music (see Minus The Bear/Cave In) or more extreme and prolific forms of chaotic art (see Converge/Poison The Well) and the bulk of the newcomers to the genre come off more as clones and Coalesce worshippers than what made the genre a success in the first place: enigmatic song structures and dissonant chords coupled with an angst that would leave the Menendez Brothers green with envy.  However, there are still a few diamonds in the rough (for lack of a better term) that have transcended the typical genre conventions and still evoke that sense of disturbing beauty that propelled the genre in the first place.

Enter Birds In Row.  Their debut LP You, Me And The Violence erupts from your speakers with an anxiety fueled ripper that would sit well with the champions of hardcore and continues on with enough energy and stop-start rhythms that even the most hardened of purists will be left weeping in their skinny jeans.  There’s so much emotion and unease in these songs it’s palpable and the prolific journey the album takes will never leave you bored.  Although the album is wrought with furious energy and throat-ripping intensity the band truly excels when venturing into more fluid and open territory, enveloping you with off-putting dissonance and melodic subtext that opens the band’s sound up immensely as you float on the calm yet turbulent waters of noise they’ve created.  In short, it’s everything modern metalcore should be: blunt, angry, and arresting.

You, Me And The Violence – 8.8/10


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