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Contrastic
Jarmo

Company: Metal Age
Release: 2014
Genre: Grindcore
Reviewer: Nate Turpin

  • Very solid grind release



  • After almost twelve years of not hearing anything, Czech Republic’s masters of kooky grind return with a strong EP. This beast starts off with some very catchy riffs at hyper speed with great drumming and continues down a path of tightly wound, yet silly, grind. If you’re hoping for the laser sounds of the material from the Czech assault sampler released by Relapse Records, you may be disappointed. However, it’s great to see that even the experiments from this band turn out to be whimsical journeys into the bizarre. One can’t help but feel the groove from the well-formed riffs amidst the three styles of vocals: death, hardcore yells and acidic screams. The middle entry, “Bassima”, is possibly the catchiest thing on the album with its freakish marriage of pop and grindcore. This is a very solid grind release that lived up to my anticipation.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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