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Noisear - "Subvert The Dominant Paradigm" (CD)

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"Subvert The Dominant Paradigm" track listing:

1. Breaking Bad At The Mufberry
2. Waiting To Be Born
3. Gestapolis
4. Inevitable Extinction
5. Global Warning
6. Fraudulent
7. Information Highway To Hell
8. Stress Pandemic
9. Inoperative
10. Deformed By Society
11. The Rail
12. The Alternative Is
13. Blackout
14. Slave
15. Ace Is The King
16. The Last Spark Of Resistance
17. Life Consumed You
18. Ignorance is Bliss
19. Minefield
20. Fighting Addiction
21. Borealis Storm
22. Poisonous Cure
23. Four Walls
24. The Perpetual Downfall Of Man
25. Translucent
26. Almas Por El Infierno
27. Silent Guilt Of The Reaper
28. Contaminant Of The Earth
29. The Blackened Sea
30. Noisearuption

Reviewed by on April 20, 2011

"This is the sound of the difference between people who play in a band, and people who live the music. It's innovative, and frankly difficult to convey in words."

Cold, mechanistic, inhuman. Cyborgs from times that have yet to pass have come to our era, and brought with them a futuristic form of grindcore our ears were not ready for, and it is righteous. Forged in the foundries presided over by the watchful eyes of the likes of Discordance Axis and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Noisear's “Subvert the Dominant Paradigm” is a searing dose of grind napalm ahead of its time.

How do you adequately go about dissecting 30 tracks of something that is so chaotic and tumultuous? You can describe the basics—the nuts and bolts of the machine. The shrieks and growls of the socially conscious and impossibly pissed off dual vocal attack of bassist Joe Tapia and guitarist Dorian Rainwater, the heartless mech-warrior riffs of Rainwater and Thomas Romero, and the incessant blast of grind drummer supremo Bryan Fajardo, who also puts his iron calves through the shredder in Kill the Client and Phobia. That's a start, at least, but it doesn't really do Noisear justice.

Songs such as “Gestopalis” are here to tell us that the entire world is ablaze and every victim of the inferno has the blood of themselves and everyone around them on their hands. The starts, stops and squeals of “Global Warming” are like the attack of the remorseless automatons, armed with razor jagged grind riffs. This is the sound of the difference between people who play in a band, and people who live the music. It's innovative, and frankly difficult to convey in words. Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer meet grind's version in industrial insanity—the soundtrack of the technological rise and demise of what we might call the soul of humanity in exchange for convenience and sloth.

In “Stress Pandemic,” the riffs bend and contort to mimic the sounds of push-button battlefields and gears grinding to a halt, only to be greased back into motion with the guts and offal of the inferior. Internal combustion engines roar and circuit boards transmit data at speeds incomprehensible to the human brain. Unchecked intensity, innovation, experimentation, all doled out in thirty second snippets of tumult and tenacity, despair and virulence. The message—we are doomed.

There are mosh anthems too, so despair not ye grind freaks, such as “The Last Spark of Resistance.” Latch on, grab on, whirl around the floor in the spin cycle and try not to get whipped into human paste. And they do have leads, as heard on “Life Consumed You.” Yes, these future beasts are quite capable of tearing grind to shreds and reassembling it in their own twisted visage in a mix of distorted atonality, feedback, and pick slides. And there is artistic fury too, in the final song, “Noisearuption,” a 20 minute noise track. “Subvert the Dominant Paradigm,” which incidentally plays both within and outside the paradigms of grindcore, is an instant grind classic that is immediate, relevant, and pulsating with raw emotion. A search for more ferociousness in a grind record put together in a more technically competent package will be a long one indeed.

Highs: "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm" doesn't just subvert, it shifts like grind's version of a tectonic plate.

Lows: Will anyone really listen to "Noisearuption" in its entirety?

Bottom line: A classic eruption of refined grind filth.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls

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)