Cripple Bastards: Nero in Metastasi

By -
Cripple Bastards: Nero in Metastasi
  • Bio:
  • Label:
  • Release Date:
  • Genre:
  • Website: Visit Website
  • Rating (out of 10):

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 43

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 44

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 46

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 47

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 49

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 50

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 52

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 53

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 55

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 56

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 58

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 59

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 61

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 62

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 64

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 65

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 67

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 68

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 70

    Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, boolean given in /nfs/c11/h04/mnt/192881/domains/apochs.net/html/wp-content/themes/apoch/single-3.php on line 72

Cripple Bastards: Nero in Metastasi
Grindcore
Relapse Records
February 14th, 2014
Release length: 36:47
Bandcamp
Facebook
Myspace
Twitter
Website
Cripple Bastards is a name Grindcore fans should be very much aware of. They formed around 1988, and since then has managed to maintain a fairly stable line-up over the years. As far as the band’s output during that time, extensive seems to be the appropriate description, having more recordings available in split format than anything though. For 2014, Relapse Records has picked them up for their eighth studio album, Nero in Metastasi. Do the pioneers hold up well for over thirty-five minutes worth of grinding, or have the years and large amounts of output not been too kind?

A quick way to describe Nero in Metastasi is if Brujeria were Grindcore, except performed in Italian. The album even sounds dirty despite the crisp audio levels on the instruments. This is thanks largely to the rougher growls and rasps that come through the mix. “Malato Terminale” finds them to be a bit bland at the start, but once the song picks up a bit more, the range does come through better to match the overall intensity that follows the slow build that was probably designed as a new way to kick off a live set. Meanwhile there’s the enthusiastic “Strage Di Ostacoli” that hits you hard with mid-tempo drumming against some guitar work that show a little technicality in the timing.

“Promo-Parassita” is a very consistent track at first, but ultimately changes things up a bit by having a very strong groove to the riffs later on. This also is the first to feature some shouting vocals that bring in a Hardcore sensation for most of the last half, ending with some more growling right after a short guitar solo. “Sconfitto Di Ritorno” offers something new to the mix with the guitars, starting with some riffs that are eccentric, and even a bit creepy. The shouting returns a little more than a minute in, which introduces some two-step drums once more with a brief solo that just screams Hardcore Punk. But the most unique of all on here is the nine minute “Splendore E Tenebra.” Things start out like a mixture of Ambience and Doom Metal with dialogue. At two minutes the pace picks up, and shortly after harsher vocals kick in for a bit while jumping in and out of the slower pace once more.

Of course there’s your traditional Grindcore fury on display as well. “Reime Artificiale” pounds away on the drums most of the time, slowing very little to allow some two-step into the brutal mix. The energy and subtle twanging bass in the guitar only add to the ruthless assault of this performance, making this one not only feel at home, but also stand out as one of the strongest the album has to offer. But, if these longer tracks aren’t your thing, there’s also “Soggetto Leucemico,” which clocks in at eighteen seconds of pure grinding fury. “L’apice Estremo” is only thirteen, blending a bit of Crossover together at first before wrapping up with two quick bursts of blast beats. There’s also “Passi Falsi,” which sounds like a couple Grindcore tracks slapped together. The shifts are sudden and pretty obvious, especially when switching to a trudging pace early on with some spoken word thrown in before unloading into pure chaos. While a solid track on here, it would make for a better seven-inch EP or entry to a split on vinyl.

When it comes to solid Grindcore, Cripple Bastards are always a good bet. One spin through Nero in Metastasi and it’s pretty clear that if you have faith they’ll turn out an abrasive release, your faith will be rewarded. With the band going on well past the twenty year mark at this point (if the date of birth is accurate) then it’s amazing they still haven’t lost their step. Nero in Metastasi is an album well worth looking into, especially if you never heard of these guys and want in on what many fans of the genre already know: Cripple Bastards will tear your face off.

01. Malato Terminale – 2:45
02. Fumo Passivo – 0:58
03. Strage Di Ostacoli – 1:53
04. Regime Artificiale – 1:55
05. Lapide Rimossa – 2:29
06. Promo-Parassita – 1:25
07. Soggetto Leucemico – 0:18
08. Passi Falsi – 0:46
09. Occhi Trapiantati – 3:49
10. Anima in Disgregazione – 1:09
11. Senza Impronte – 2:07
12. Nemico A Terra – 2:20
13. L’apice Estremo – 0:13
14. Sconfitto Di Ritorno – 1:57
15. Agonia Di Un Rientro Forzato – 2:06
16. Marcatori Positivi – 1:28
17. Splendore E Tenebra – 9:03
18. Morti Asintomatiche – 0:07
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

Cripple Bastards
Cripple Bastards

Digital review copy of this release provided by Relapse Records via Earsplit PR.