Saturday, 10 September 2011

Weeding Out The Thorns



Fifteen years ago (to the day according to Discogs!) New Jersey's Human Remains released their final word in fucked up tech-death terror: 'Using Sickness As A Hero'.  Bowing out on a true high point of innovation in the 'brutality in a blender' approach to cranium-crunching.  Spewing out seventeen minutes of seemingly spasmodic riff-vortices that should suck you in and serenely slice your useless carcass into dripping chunks, then fling you carelessly into the void with a shrug of its gore-flecked shoulders!  HR used a combination of signature volume swells and finger tapping riffs to emphasise the uniqueness of their jerky dissections of the death metal template.  Featuring legendary drum devastator Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Melt Banana, Municipal Waste, Gridlink etc) in his breakthrough performance (!) and Jim from Deadguy abstractly abusing one of the twin grinding axes, you know that quality is assured..  Or, you can at least have a bit of fun playing the ol' 'name the film sample' game..


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