Various Artists - Dutch Assault

28 songs
52:52 minutes
***** *
Relapse / Suburban


Relapse's Assault split-CDs are always an interesting way of being introduced to a country's extreme core scene, and not even half a year after I reviewed the quite excellent Swedish Assault compilation, it's already again time for a new album, this time from Holland.

The first of the four featured bands is Suppository, who play very classic grindcore in the vein of late-Eighties Napalm Death. Their 10 songs make up for a third of the playing time, and you can well see why: the mostly blastspeeding songs come with a fat production, and some occasional only fast parts or even downright groovy moments make for sheer listening pleasure.

Too bad you can't say the same thing about Last Days of Humanity. With clichéd song titles made popular in olden times by Carcass and nearly non-recognisable music and terminal throat cancer vocals, they may be entertaining for a couple of songs, but their attitude of not letting any subtlety into the music does them much harm. The muddy production also makes it hard for getting a clear image of the songs.

Maybe more original, but unfortunately rather lame, is S.M.E.S., a one-man band that therefore logically delves into the more industrial face of grindcore. The rhythms are mostly clinically cold, whereas the vocals are deeply growled. In fact, the more I listen to it, the more I get the impression that all instruments are synthetic. We heard better synth punk from Atari Teenage Riot and even the Ultraviolence.

Fortunately, we get some more good grind core at the end of the CD with the four songs from Inhume. Maybe a little bit less groovy than Suppository, but very energetic stuff with probably some slight crust undertones.

All in all this is my least favourite assault album so far. Great stuff from Suppository and Inhume make the purchase still worthwhile, but Last Days of Humanity and S.M.E.S. are rather an ordeal to listen through.

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