Ever since I heard the last Cattle Decapitation, I’ve been ever so slowly working my way into the world of grind with incredibly few albums under my belt. It’s been a truly vicious experience so far that no other style can lay a hand on in all of metal, but I haven’t done much exploring lately. The name of Cripple Bastards is one that I know veterans of grind know instantly with the band now going for thirty years now, yet I haven’t heard a single piece of material. With their new upcoming piece, I figured there was no better place for me to start and I feel I made the right choice.
Without a doubt, grind has become my absolute top choice whenever I want to find something that’s simply energy unbridled in every form as the genre itself is the embodiment of the core of a constant nuclear explosion. That’s something that Cripple Bastards has, of course, clearly understood as you would expect from an act that’s been carving out a brilliant name for themselves within grind, and “La Fine Cresce da Dentro” is the perfect example to show that these Italian legends are far from calling it a quits. Imagine the top tier levels of intensity and fuck you attitude that grind can embody, and then envision Cripple Bastards somehow managing to go another level higher and that’s what “La Fine Cresce da Dentro” can be described as when you boil it all down. There’s virtually no flaw to be had within this vortex of chaos and blood as this quintet shows us how they can still destroy and impress even after three decades and seven albums now proudly represented. The entire experience is one of high-octane fuel that takes no breaks whatsoever as the very concept of grind itself is pushed to an incredible extent from one song to the next as “La Fine Cresce da Dentro” peels away at your very skin with the vocals alone making a four-second burst of noise incredibly enjoyable. Then add on blistering brutality and flavorful musicianship that’s always steeped in grime, and you’ve got an album that’s all but certified gold for any fan of grind be they new or old.
So far, it’s only been the likes of Cattle Decapitation that have managed to grip me with grind in such a way that I can’t help but appreciate what I’m listening to in great detail, and I’m so happy to be able to add Cripple Bastards to that list with this devastator of an album! In no small capacity, “La Fine Cresce da Dentro” is a pinnacle of Cripple Bastards’ career that’s sure to go down as one of the greater grind pieces of the last few years, and I’d be damn sorry for anyone who misses this.
“La Fine Cresce da Dentro” releases on November 9th via Relapse Records!
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