May 17th, 2011
Release length: 27:10
Worthless is fourteen tracks of uncompromising Hardcore from Weekend Nachos, and it starts right off with “Hometown Hero”. A simple guitar feedback kicking in immediately ushers in a wave of Hardcore pain that feels uncompromising. The music is raw and pounding, full of pure intensity and aggression that leaves you unable to comprehend what you just witnessed. It bleeds into “Obituary” which amps up the speed and anger anymore with sandpapery vocals that scream right in your face, eventually slowing down to a soul crushing pace to close out the track and, once more, bleed into the next track, “Black Earth”, another intense thrill ride with pseudo-gang chants and build ups to pure insanity and another crushing breakdown that is transitioned into perfectly through material that fluidly jumps between a slower and faster pace to rin the song out. This becomes the general idea of Worthless, and it seems each track runs into another song. The intensity seems to remain the same, as does the aggression, and in no time Weekend Nachos have you whipped into a furious rage that so far bands in the Hardcore style manage to do so well.
The production of the recording has a bit of a raw feel to it, and the heavy distortion ont he guitars just adds to the ruthlessness of the material. The Hardcore tracks laced with obvious Grindcore influence at times really builds a suprisingly heavy sound to the recording that bring uncompromising anger and intimidating to the mix, but that’s just the start. As the recording picks up, some songs start to show more of a Grindcore trait then a Hardcore one, such as “Old Friends Don’t Mean Shit”, though that track isn’t the strongest one of them all and relies solely on blastbeats and fury prior to another breakdown that isn’t quite as crushing as the previous ones. Either way, the first six tracks come to a total of six and a half minutes, and they will easily get the listener’s blood boiling before the band breaks into any of the traditional lengthed material, starting with “The Meeting”, which isn’t as intense and has more of a Hardcore groove to it with catchy two-stepping at a mid-tempo pace, and of course hammering out another crushing breakdown that moves at such a slow pace and has so much intensity going for it that it actually feels ominous.
Up to this point, the album is just intense. Worthless never seems to let up, grabbing hold of your throat with it’s teeth in what seems like a revenge fueled rage. “The Meeting” carries on the heavier Doom Metal-in-atmosphere breakdown to end with the guitar ringing out and giving feedback. And that’s it until it bleeds into the title track “Worthless”. And even then, it still carries on and, simply put, becomes annoying. Really annoying actually. In total it lasts almost three minutes, and is so high pitched that it can almost instantly give the listening a migraine. Eventually it goes into a Neurosis-like musical approach with a slow, droning breakdown that is interesting and a welcome addition instead of the high pitched ringing out and feedback of the guitar, but the damage is essentially done.
There’s nothing else to really say about the recording except that the last half of the album is not quite the same as first, and finds the band putting a little more emphasis on Grindcore and breakdowns. The intensity remains about the same, but the fury and aggression seem to be lost. “Jock Powerviolence” is actually a little boring with the breakdown chords going on for as long as they do, and the more traditional Hardcore or Punk screaming in the background doesn’t offer the sandpapery rage-fueled vocals that had started off the album, coming off more as a back of the throat shouting that sounds rather weak in comparison. The album closes with “Future”, which is pretty much a somewhat fater interpretation of “Worthless” without the feedback and guitar ringing out. It also starts off like a normal song, but it progressively gets slower as the track goes on, again tapping the droning urge by the band to extend the life of the song. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and it does wind the listener down after all the furious tracks on the recording. Couple in the fact that this is seven and a half minutes, with “Worthless” being rather worthless adding another four and a half plus minutes on top of the guitar problem for the last minute of “The Meeting”, and you’re looking at about thirteen minutes of what feels like literal filler against roughly fourteen minutes of actual music, and not even all thirteen minutes of those songs wind up being as staggering as they clearly show they couold be.
Worthless is far from what the title says, and it makes a fantastic addition to the discography of Weekend Nachos. However, the album is like looking at night and day. The first half is intense, angry, and violently shakes you while your head hits repeatedly against a brick wall. It’ll leave you unaware of what you just experienced and wanting to break everything and everyone near you. Then the second half hits, and it’s a cluttered mix of traditional Punk ideas with Grindcore and some old-school Hardcore thrown in for good measure with a strong focus on breakdowns and blastbeats. The guitar feedback between “The Meeting” and “Worthless” break the mold and seperate the two styles, but at the same time is perhaps the most irritating entry into Hardcore possible with their Experimental Hardcore/Droning urge that seems to come out of nowhere. Aside all that though, there’s nothing aside that guitar section that can’t be fully embraced, and it’s another solid release by Weekend Nachos. This is more based on your personal tastes though, and while some of the Neurosis-esque material isn’t bad, compared to what is performed on this album, it pretty much feels like filler for roughly half the album with the last half not being as impressive as the first. If you liked the last Weekend Nachos release, or are just a Hardcore fan, this album is still well worth giving a shot, but you need to keep in mind that after the first roughly seven minutes, the album changes, and not quite for the better.
01. Hometown Hero – 1:06
02. Obituary – 1:13
03. Black Earth – 1:35
04. For Life – 1:06
05. Old Friends Don’t Mean Shit – 0:40
06. Frostbitten – 0:54
07. The Meeting – 3:17
08. Worthless – 4:45
09. Friendship – 0:35
10. Jock Powerviolence – 1:25
11. The Fine Art of Bullshit – 1:24
12. Dubviolence – 0:29
13. You Could Exist Tomorrow – 1:00
14. Future – 7:33
|Overall Score: 6.5/10