When the tsunami shocked the world in 2004, taking away numerous lives and destroying the lives of so many, it also left a deep scar in the grindcore community. It took away from us the vocalist and guitarist Mieszko Talarcyzk of the mighty Nasum. The band ceased to exist and the hole left by it has never been properly filled. But now a supergroup has emerged that comes closest to picking up where Nasum left off. I’m talking about the American entity Unrest. Comprised of members from Trenchrot and Woe, this band is the what happens when a bunch of talented musicians from different musical styles come together to pay tribute to one of the greatest grind bands that existed.
Their latest release on Unspeakable Axe Records is titled ‘Grindcore’ and as the title suggests, it’s 26 minutes of no nonsense grindcore. Unrest does not waste time in pointless frills and they get straight to the point with their violent riffs. This band nails pretty much everything that makes a good grindcore album. They’ve got an endless supply of energy which they fuel into their music. The music gives a nod to the punk roots of the genre. There’s even a Swedish twist in the riffs just like the band that inspired them did.
Song writing and riffs are the two primary weapons in Unrest’s arsenal. The riffs are short, uncomplicated and to the point. This combined with good song writing makes for a wonderful album. And it’s not all top gear, ultra fast violence. The album has a lot of groove, some dissonant chord progressions and a few doom sections as well. These elements are mixed together in a way that entertainment is guaranteed.
The band has two people on vocal duties and unlike most bands where the multiple vocalists do the same thing, this band makes good use of them. One growls and another shouts and snarls, giving the music a good dynamic feel. The production couldn’t have been done better. The music is loud and raw to suit the violent nature of the genre and the distorted bass and drums are not buried in the razor sharp guitars.
The influences of the member’s other bands can be felt in the music, be it the Trenchrot type old school death metal feel in the riffs or the cold black metal feel of Woe in the vocals. The presence is subtle and it gives the album an interesting twist.
This music on ‘Grindcore’ is not original in any way, but I don’t think it was meant to be. They wouldn’t have named their record this way if originality is what they’re going for. The lack of originality doesn’t bother me, because these guys know how to make good noise. The execution and energy brings back nostalgic memories of losing it to Nasum and since I’m a fan boy of that band, this album is exactly what I needed.
Unrest is a dream come true for people looking for violent, angry grindcore done right and ‘Grindcore’ is a solid debut from start to finish. Who need innovation when you’ve got grind this good!