I’ve always liked fast and aggressive music that is grindcore. But 2014 was the year I truly fell in love with the genre and the year was kind to me in that it gave me tons of good grind to listen to. One of the sources for all this awesome grind was Blastasfuk, a label from Australia who had 4 brilliant albums to their credit last year. With the birth of the new year, this label is not taking it light. Rather, they’ve put out yet another record, this time from Australian grinders The Kill titled, ‘Kill Them… All’.
This is a record that starts unleashing hell right from the get go, wasting absolutely no time. Punchy riffs and manic drumming sets the tone in the opening track ‘Insults’. The vocals seethe anger and range as the vocalist Nik screams, shouts and growls the lyrics.
The music here has a tinge of thrash metal influence and this gives the music, especially the guitar work, a much needed dose of dynamics. The speed is maintained at maximum levels and everything flies by so fast. The album gives the listener absolutely no breathing space as the tracks impact one after the other. This is grindcore in its most unrelenting form.
This is not an album that you can digest in one go, as everything happens fast giving the listener no time to recover. I consider this a good thing as it makes me want to hit that play button again and again, till it all sinks in. The songwriting is simple but effective. Riff after riff keeps the listener hooked, with enough variety to warrant multiple listens. The band seems to give a nod to their thrash influence with a cover of Anthrax’s ‘Metal Thrashing Mad’, rendered in angry grind style.
‘Kill Them… All’ is not music that makes you think. It is music that makes you grind, mosh and headbang without a thought or a reason. Innovation is not the focus here. Rather it’s the improvisation of the established conventions of grindcore, in order to offer the listener a slab of enjoyable music. If all you crave is some thoughtless headbanging, pick this album up immediately.