REVIEW album Old Subbacultcha Old Subbacultcha

US Grindcore quartet THE DRIP come out bludgeoning with new LP

Old Subbacultcha

Old Subbacultcha

US four-piece Grindcore outfit taking the lead of Napalm Death and Nasum and swinging for the fence with new Long Player release.


The Drip - "A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics"

Upon pressing player on this 6 track LP I was instantly thrown by how incredibly grating a blastbeat can be. I have been in bands for most of the last 15 years now and I can gratefully say not one of my drummers have ever felt the need to brutally pummel the crowd around the head with endless blast drumming that sound like a pneumatic drill being violently discharged within the inner cave of your right eye socket. THE DRIP seem fond of the old blastbeat. Lets just say that. "A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics" is very heavy, abrasive, unforgiving album in the mould of Berserker, Napalm Death and Nasum – the songs are short and unrelenting and leave you with no illusion of safety. The vocals are screamed and grunted and yelped and almost entirely unintelligible, the overall feel it gives off is panic and terror and undistilled mayhem. If I was a religious man, I would be warding off Satan with holy water and cursing them to the lowest realm of hell. It seems to me that these are all things the band would love to hear, blastbeats come and go and the songs largely fall into each other as a uncontrollable barrage of pain and exquisite aural devastation, but when final track LASH IN, LASH OUT comes on, and the unrelenting drum fury gives way to groove and actual melody and the song is given room to breath and come alive, the rest of the albums absolute barking nuts mayhem becomes all the more palatable. Not something I could listen to for leisure, but on the basis of the final track, a band that seem to be masters of their own fate and creators of something pretty potent and impressive. Something for the connoisseurs. 7/10