When it comes to sick and twisted music, grindcore is my favourite go to genre. With all the grindcore that I listen to, I feel that most of them don’t have the stay power. When it comes to music that is always coked up on speed and drowned in anger, it is often the case that the tracks zip by, as the listener is still reeling from the impact. The reason I enjoy Nervous Impulse’s ‘Time to Panic’ is due to the fact that these Canadians know how to infect the listener’s mind with their music.The chaotic deathgrind that is on offer here has the staying power that most of the band’s peers lack.
So how does one make a genre that is known to be short, energetic and chaotic, memorable? The way Nervous Impulse do it, is they take short buzzsaw grind riffs and they let it soak into the mind of the listener by coupling it with an infectious grooves. There are traces of elements from slam death and brutal death metal, which compounds the memorability of the music.
Instances like the frantic guitar solo towards the end of ‘Prorogued Democracy’ rings in one’s memory after just a few listens. The indecipherable, barked vocal work sounds ferocious, with an malicious intent to cause damage. There is an underlying sense of humor in Nervous Impulse’s music. The intro and the track titles like ‘9 Meals to Anarchy / Riot Solves Everything’, ‘The Neighbour’s House is on Fire’ show this side of the band. The thumping bass packs an extra ‘oomph’ in the music, especially in the breakdowns and slams. The chaotic lead guitar licks laid over the grind riffs offers a breathe of fresh air amongst all the chaos.
These Canadians know how to drill grindcore into one’s mind. ‘Time to Panic’ is the kind of record that you can’t listen to just once. It has a earworm quality to it, which is rare among grind bands. Nervous Impulse is a fun record that’ll keep you occupied for quite a while.