The genre of metal is very diverse. It is so diverse that one can spend 10 minutes of one’s life either listening to a single doom metal track, or an entire grindcore album. If you are one to choose the latter option, then Hrust Kostilyo’s latest EP, ‘Degradation, Manipulation, Mobilization’ might be the album you’re looking for. These Russians deliver 10 dissentient tracks in a little above 10 minutes and they do it with absolute brutality.
The sound on the album is of the brutal kind with hard hitting drumming, short punchy riffs and deep gutturals that are borderline squeals. With this kind of music, one would expect Hrust Kostilyo to be gore fanatics. Conversely, these guys are talking (growling actually) about issues that matter, much like Napalm Death, Assuck or Agathocles.
The guitar work carries the slightest bit of technicality which distances this band from the hordes of grind clones playing generic riffs. Another appealing element is the groove in the music. The record sounds like it just received a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart. The energy never slacks even for a second and the entire record rushes by with blistering speed.
The bass heavy production and the sound of the drums make it a bit difficult to focus on the riffs. Another complaint is the vocals could have been decipherable. Looking at the album art and the song titles, I can tell that this is a politically inclined band. But I cant say the same listening to the grunts and squeals
Hrust Kostilyo have unleashed a beast that levels everything in a short period of time. If you want something brutal, nasty and you dont want to spend a lot of time on it, this EP is the way to go.