I’ve heard about Fuck the Facts a lot over the years, but I never truly gave them a listen. That is until I came across their upcoming full length on Noise Salvation, titled ‘Desire Will Rot’. After listen to this album, I am kicking myself for not having listened to any of their previous material. These Canadians manage to break a lot of stereotypes with this release. For one, the music in no way represents politness that the Canucks are most often associated with. Speaking of the music, it is hard hitting grindcore with the band showing some progressive and experimental tendencies.
Fuck the Facts kick off the album in a typical grindcore fashion by going for the juggular right from the start. This is one of the few things that is “usual” about this album. The riffs and the song writing take a fresh approach to the genre with uncommon progressions. There is even a slight melodic undercurrent which manifests itself in the form of guitar solos.
The tracks have a tendency of flowing into one another, making it hard to discern where one track ends and another begins. Like for example, the last riff of ‘Everwhere yet Nowhere’, perfectly complements the opening notes of ‘Shadows Collide’. But does it really matter what the song is, when all the songs are so good? The duality of the vocals, with Mel Mongeon’s shrill shrieks and Marc Bourgon’s grunts, adds a good variety to the music.
There is a good balance of typical grindcore violence and experimentalism on the record. While tracks like ‘The Path of Most Resistance’, ‘Storm of Silence’ and ‘Prey’ are more than capable of satisfying one’s hunger for grind, the tracks where the band treads on newer paths are the ones that interest me more. Take ‘La Mort 1’ for example. How often does a grindcore band begin a track with a groovy drum intro and build upon it with melodic lead guitars?
As the album progresses, it feels that the band gets more experimental towards the second half of the record, starting with ‘Solitude’. In these tracks, the music doesnt resemble traditional grindcore and the empahsis is laid on melody and groove. These are not radical changes, but they are enough to create a fresh sound. The track that is the most radically different is the penultimate track ‘Circle’, where the band dwelves into ambient / noise territories. The album closer ‘Nothing Changes’ is ironic, since the sound definitely does change on this track. It almost has a doom metal vibe to it. The slow, heavy riff and the clean guitar arrpegios are in complete contrast with everything else heard on the record.
Fuck the Facts manage to shatter so many genre rules and create a sound that is interesting. It’s good to hear this fresh sound and this is something that the genre direly needs. ‘Desire will Rot’ is a solid release and one that compels me to listen to everything that this band has ever put out.