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Deadtide.com : Reviews : Albums : Iniquity, "Grime"

Reviews : Albums : Iniquity, "Grime"

Iniquity, "Grime"

Blurrrrggghhh! If you want to get your face kicked in fiercely, cross this brutal Danish death quintet. Iniquity plays bone snapping, skull pummeling, downright mean and ferocious death metal in the vein of country mates Infernal Torment and Illdisposed. On the band's fourth release, Grime, we see Iniquity extending their dirty reach even further, encompassing all that they grasped for on the previous, and no less unrelenting, Five Across the Eyes. The progress the band has made comes in the form of tracks like, "The Bullets Breath", for it's abominable, exhausting vocal delivery that rages and plows along with the band's sick, twisted groove over blast beat and through time change after time change. Other steps forward include the notable "Part II", [being the second part of "Poets of the Trench"] which features a calm voice describing atrocities in the trenches of war over an instrumental that is slightly subdued. The result is quietly sickening. Many of the other songs hold true to the style Iniquity has shown before, though, an exception exists in, "Spawned of the Abscess" and its circus act looping double kick drumming. Nearly all the rest of the tracks would have slipped unnoticed alongside the material in Five Across the Eyes.

And this is where the one problem with Iniquity lies. Their previous work, though impressive for being heavy and vile, was much too technical for it's own good and lacked hooks that allowed the songs to stand apart from one another. Much of Grime continues on this problematic course. Too many of the songs sound similar, don't groove, and are just bewildering. Iniquity hasn't realized an essential fact that both Infernal Torment and Illdisposed knew long ago and have addressed with urgency in their work. This fact is that there needs to be more going on in the music than just bare muscle and gut-wrenching technical devastation. Whether it is humor, melody, groove or instrumentation, something needs to be added. We see on Grime that Iniquity is taking steps in this direction with the aforementioned tracks. The effort, however, needs to be extended to the bulk of the disc, or the final result won't quite cut it.

So, Grime is a release with tons of exceptional execution and violence to spare. It's just that the band's ideas could be presented better, and hopefully will be on Iniquity's next effort.

Standout Tracks

   Bullet's Breath
   Spawned of the Abscess
   Part II

Peter Johnston