Various Artists: Earache – World’s Shortest Album

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Earache: World's Shortest Album
Grindcore
Earache Records
June 1st, 2012
Release length: 1:27
Whether or not it was the label’s specific intent to once again enter the Guinness Book of World Records or not, fans of Earache Records and the many releases they have issued will find a new compilation available on iTunes for an outrageous price. Earache: World’s Shortest Album is composed of thirteen short Grindcore cuts from various established acts and releases from the label’s vault of past and present efforts. Included are cuts from such notable groups as Napalm Death, Wormrot, Brutal Truth, Anal Cunt, Morbid Angel, and more. While it’s a commendable attempt, it’s far from worth the four dollars and ninety-nine cents you’d charge to digitally own this for any reason more than shameful bragging rights.

Surprisingly, there’s a good amount of variety found here. Some end up rather comical, while others are a little more than just blast beat intensity for a few seconds. Obviously the ones that are longer offer a little more to the listener’s experience, and “Street Sweeper” by Insect Warfare does stand out for it’s composure, then the quick transition to insanity. Of course, the Napalm Death and Anal Cunt cuts are enjoyable for what they are, though the latter are supposed to just be noise and chaos, so you can appreciate them for that a little more.

But, outside of that, the whole near minute and a half experience is memorable, but honestly not worth paying for. The varied audio quality through each song is annoying since many don’t share anything similar to the previous or next song. When you finish the release, you don’t really feel as though you’ve accomplished anything, though you can at least add that you heard it to your ever growing list of albums yuou heard in your lifespan. Given its length, and it won’t really hinder much of your day in the long run, but only if you hear it for free. This is a lot more than Earache Records can even say since they were denied for “Shortest Album Ever” status in Guinness with the reason being:

“The nature of competing to make something the ‘shortest’ by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out, and Guinness World Records has been forced to reject many claims of this kind. As such, we have been forced to cease listing records for the shortest song, shortest poem and indeed the shortest concert.”

In the end, there’s pretty much nothing enjoyable in a serious manner, and even Guinness basically insults the attempt that Earache Records has made, as has many listeners throughout the internet world. But, if you break it out at parties, or just want to brag about it, Earache: World’s Shortest Album is clearly going to give you a couple giggles, especially if you build it up to be the greatest album ever before hitting the play button. And, really, that’s what Earache’s goal seems to have been aside another world record, or perhaps trying to make a quick buck off fans willing to support the label. Either way, if you really want to say you at least heard the experience, you can always hit up the Earache Records Youtube page and stream the entire thing for free, or just watch the following embedded video:

01. Napalm Death You Suffer – 00:04
02. Napalm Death Dead – 00:05
03. Napalm Death Your Achievement – 00:06
04. Wormrot False Grind Sodomy – 00:04
05. Wormrot You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem – 00:04
06. Brutal Truth Collateral Damage – 00:04
07. A.C. Howard Wulkan’s Bald – 00:09
08. Lawnmower Deth Be Scene Not Heard – 00:07
09. Painkiller Trailmarker – 00:08
10. Brutal Truth Blockhead – 00:07
11. Morbid Angel Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava – 00:06
12. A.C. Windchimes Are Gay – 00:10
13. Insect Warfare Street Sweeper – 00:13
Overall Score: 2.5/10
Review based on a public stream of this album provided by Earache Records.