August 31st, 2010
Release length: 33:46
By being driven heavily by the bass, it’s meant that the bass is loud enough in the final mix that it plays an important roll in the music. The twanging bass lines on Heal No Evil wind up taking on a life of their own and really add a whole other level to the release. The problem here with this is that they are a bit too loud. The bass winds up drowning things out after a while in a manner that just throws some of the album off. It’s great that the bass is at the forefront of the recording, but sometimes it takes away from certain important elements of the songs. Take “Craft of Discontent” as an example. During the song, there are a few moments where the music diverts to simply a steady drum beat through the bass kicks and snares that alters the pace of the music. The bass drops in volume, which seems to be about the same volume level as the snares used, but just slightly deeper, which offsets the sound of the drums slightly and leaves the recording feeling a bit open during those sections. The vocals are also loud enough to be heard, but sometimes they seem to be dwarfed by the bass, as well as even the music in general thanks to the volume of the drums and even the guitars in comparison, though the guitars honestly come off as the lowest volume item on the recording and sometimes become hard to distinguish between it’s chords and the bass. It also doesn’t help that the bass doesn’t really do anything other then mimic the guitar chords.
Other then that, Heal No Evil is a well orchestrated Grindcore assault with nothing holding it back. Each song on here is simply heavy as hell and, in many cases, simply furious. “Black Glossolalia Bizarre”, for instance, just doesn’t let up at all. The song switches between a mid-paced tempo with music that just weighs on the listener, and a fast pace that sounds like it’s fueled only by anger, coming at the listener with a matching intensity during these moments. There are also times where the music doesn’t even let up between songs to give you a second to catch your breath. “Consensual Bereavements” just hammers away at the listener for a little more then two minutes, then explodes right into “Brown Acid Brainwound”. The latter of the two tracks, however, doesn’t really seem to be all that different in comparison outside of the way the drumming is handled, making it seem as if this track were just “Consensual Bereavements” continued, and for the sake of the transition, it does work out in it’s favor. The only problem, however, is that “Suggestive Force of Subliminal Notion”, the next track, has the same issue where the music doesn’t really seem all that different from the previous track. In this case, it’s “Brown Acid Brainwound”. The only highly notable difference is the breakdown that occurs a little more then half way through the song.
While the album is composed mostly of songs that just miss, or just break the two minute barrier, with a few lengthier exceptions, it’s the longer tracks here that stand out and offer the most diversity. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. “The Exploding Fuel Tank of Desperate Intolerance” is actually a much slower song, composed of music that, for the most part, sounds more like a build up to some kind of explosive element to a “-core” based song, much like one would expect before some kind of Deathcore breakdown kicked in. Sadly, it doesn’t really change from this until the end, but even the ending of the song isn’t all too impressive as it’s just the music that was played throughout the song sped up for a little bit, then into a slightly Groove-based chugging style that goes even slower with very simple guitars and drums until the end of the track. “Impoverish Orgasm Liaison pt. 1” is essentially the same way, except the music comes off a little simpler throughout then with “The Exploding Fuel Tank of Desperate Intolerance”, and a little more enjoyable as it doesn’t seem to just build up to nowhere due to the fact that the music is much better in comparison and there are a few changes in music that work well to keep the flow of the song going without being dull and listless, as well as that it bleeds into “Impoverish Orgasm Liaison pt. 2”, so if you do feel like it’s going nowhere, you have the faster second part to look forward to.
As far as Grindcore goes, Complete Failure is a very promising band, though the slower tracks on here aren’t anything major to rave about. Heal No Evil is an album that is worth checking out, by all means, but with some songs that sound rather repetitive of one another, and some duller extended tracks, it’s safe to say this release makes for a decent stepping stone for the band, though it’s more what one would expect on a debut album than a follow-up. If you happen to have some time, Heal No Evil is worth giving a once over, as some of the earlier tracks really are worth checking out, but after the first half of the album, there’s nothing all too spectacular or that you didn’t already hear on the release.
01. Like Rainbows in Gasoline – 1:56
02. Church of the Self/The State of Impure Thoughts – 2:58
03. Craft of Discontent – 3:00
04. Black Glossolalia Bizarre – 1:58
05. Consensual Bereavements – 2:06
06. Brown Acid Brainwound – 1:52
07. Suggestive Force of Subliminal Notion – 2:10
08. The Exploding Fuel Tank of Desperate Intolerance – 5:16
09. Psychoative Pedigree – 2:32
10. Improverished Orgasm Liaison pt. 1 – 3:41
11. Improverished Orgasm Liaison pt. 2 – 2:00
12. Detoxicant Clockstomp – 4:14
|Overall Score: 5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Relapse Records.