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Fuck the Facts: Amer
Death Metal, Grindcore
Self-release
June 18th, 2013
Release length: 16:38
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Fuck the Facts may still be signed to Relapse Records, but that didn’t stop the five-piece Canadian Grindcore act from issuing a brand new EP on their own. Known for their countless split and EP releases since forming in 1999, things have been rather silent lately as far as new material goes. 2011 saw the release of their eighth full-length album Die Miserable, followed respectably by an EP, split, and another compilation. About a year and a half later, we are given seven new tracks that form the brand new EP, Amer. But, as the band continues to change their musical approach, is this collection of new tracks worth the wait, or is this an experimentation in all the wrong ways?

While Fuck the Facts is known for their more experimental side when it comes to Grindcore, Amer seems largely straight forward in that regard. There’s also a notable increase of groove oriented Death Metal riffs throughout, finding a deeper production quality that benefits the bass and down tuned riffs. “Une triste vue” blends the two styles together well, though it acts more like an extended introduction to establish the cold and dark atmosphere creeps up through the EP. However, the first half of “Vent du nord” is just your standard Death Metal slash Grindcore offering until about a minute and a half in, giving way to some technical melodic hooks, followed by a two-step Thrash inspired assault that is just as addictive as it is mosh pit worthy.

“L’enclume et le mateau” throws some standard groove-laced riffs your way with some additional blast beats. While not the most unique, it’s the clean lead guitar chords at the end that stand out, setting a cold and isolated atmosphere to the last forty seconds as the main riffs and drumming fade away behind it. This is carried into “Amère”, a frostbitten slab of Death and Grindcore that offers the same emotional pull as a Depressive Black Metal track. The lead guitars sound a bit sharpened against a very deep, almost ominous rhythm and bass presence that moves at a slower pace, greatly burdening the frantic higher pitched screaming that perfectly compliments the chilled environment. In a way, this song throws back to the slower “A Void”, which shows some traces of Progressive Metal in its depressing, lonesome performance.

Amer is one of those EPs you need to give some time. On your first spin, it may not leave the biggest impression, coming off like a mixture of popular styles in the majority of the Metal world, and even in the most underground of its circles. But, once you get the general idea of what the band is going for, a subtle undertone of depression and madness (or at least as it seems to me), then the entire release comes off as more than just your standard Napalm Death tinged Death Metal laced with melodic hooks from time to time. Fuck the Facts shows they’re not done growing just yet, continuing to alter their musical path one outing at a time. While it isn’t like their Experimental Grindcore days of old, this is easily a recording devoted fans will embrace, and leaves others interested in the possibilities of a Fuck the Facts Depressive Death Metal album.

01. Une triste vue – 2:22
02. Vent du nord – 2:32
03. Panser la plaie au lieu de soigner le mal – 2:37
04. A Void – 1:44
05. Jour de souffrance – 1:24
06. L’enclume et le marteau – 2:56
07. Am̬re Р3:03
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Fuck the Facts.