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Fast Death - "Fast Death" (CD/EP)

Fast Death - "Fast Death" CD/EP cover image

"Fast Death" track listing:

1. Open Wide
2. Dogs Running
3. Fast Death
4. The Disease
5. Live Your Life

Reviewed by on December 1, 2010

"With Fast Death, the spirit and energy of crust, the immediacy of grind, and the attitude of punk swirl to the top of the tempest the instant each song begins. This is one band metal, punk and grind fans will be happy to live the storm with."

Boston four-piece Fast Death bills themselves as a punk band, but you don’t have to go very far to find the metal influences in their sound. Their debut self-titled EP is rife with death-thrash claw marks and grind-freak inflicted stab wounds that compliment the band’s overall crusty aesthetic well.

Opening track, the appropriately titled “Open Wide,” is all out blasting death punk with thrash intensity and grinding vocals that are dirty, simple, and streetwise. Frankly speaking, this EP couldn’t get off on a better footing. An intro solo brings in the next song, “Dogs Running,” which keeps the intensity at 11 with simple grind riffs and a vocal attack from Dave Shay that rarely lets up from its syllable-per-second pace. Meanwhile lead guitarist Doug unleashes frenetic solos that keep with the music’s harried pace and atmosphere.

The EP’s eponymous track follows with a thrash-influenced, almost NWOBHM-meets-crust intro before delving back into more straight ahead grind punk. Then the intro riff comes back once more before the song goes straight back into the meat grinder with ask and answer vocals and gang shouts. “The Disease” features a Morbid Angel-like creeping intro before a roll brings it back into what is quickly emerging as Fast Death’s trademark punk-meets-grind-meets-death-thrash sound as the band brings out the sum of their parts naturally. The EP comes to a close with “Live Your Life,” quite possibly the band’s crustiest offering thus far.

With Fast Death, the spirit and energy of crust, the immediacy of grind, and the attitude of punk swirl to the top of the tempest the instant each song begins. This is one band metal, punk and grind fans will be happy to live the storm with.

Highs: The intensity on this brief intro to Fast Death never lets up.

Lows: Are Fast Death one trick grind punks? Time will tell.

Bottom line: Punk, thrash, and grind fans will all find something appealing on this EP.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)