The resurgence of grindcore as a style has been going strong over the past few years. Bands these days continue to push the boundaries of the potential held by grindcore as a genre, often by bringing in avant-garde and unconventional influences into the mix. And then there are bands that continue to stay true to the core essence while still managing to create fresh sounds. Relapse Records has been a good proponent of such grind acts that manage to bring something refreshing to the table with every offering and The Drip is a continuation of that trend. This five piece from the Pacific Northwest of the US, have already been making waves and establishing themselves as a grind force to reckon with by releasing the three EP’s prior to this release. Their first full length ‘The Haunting Fear of Inevitability’ manages to surpass everything they’ve done so far and is set to be a record that is going to put The Drip on many people’s radars.
The Drip play a form of modern grindcore and bands like Nasum and Rotten Sound seem to be the source of inspiration. They take the ultra-fast, rage filled riffing of this style and merge in elements of death metal, black metal and a bit of sludge to create this sonic wall of hatred. Album opener Blackest Evocation starts with blasting drums coupled with frantic riffs as the vocalist screams his guts out. These guys have a knack for settling into infectious grooves and this is a common feature throughout the record (not that I’m complaining. Keep them satiating grooves coming!). The interplay between the guitars and the drums here gives the music a semi-technical flavour. The addition of guitarist Blake Wolf (ex-Theories) seem to have given The Drip a much more dynamic range here.
Another standout feature on this record is the way the tracks have a ever so subtle melodic inclination courtesy of some dissonant guitar work. This is not too far from what Nasum accomplished in their releases, but The Drip add their own blackened touch here. These combined with the irresistible groove on tracks like Dead Inside, Covered in Red and In Atrophy make this not only a fresh sounding album, but an incredibly fun one at that. It’s not all ultra-fast grinding mayhem here and when things are slowed down a bit on Painted Ram and more significantly on Wretches, it adds a whole new dynamic to the record. The latter is easily my standout record in this album chock full of fantastic tracks, with it’s mid paced intensity and wailing guitar work.
With the mix done by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, this album has a great ‘oomph’ to its sound and it makes this a sonically heavy record. The 13 tracks blast away in a span of just 31 minutes, there is not a single moment of dullness to be found on ‘The Haunting Fear of Inevitability’. The Drip follow up their EP’s with a thematic full length (the tracks here tend to revolve around the concept of death and it’s inevitability) that manages to surpass all expectations.