Agoraphobic Nosebleed - _Honkey Reduction_
(Relapse, 1998)
by: Adam Wasylyk (8 out of 10)
Grindcore is a lost art these days. I'd like to see bands like Agoraphobic Nosebleed become the focus of labels rather than pathetic, fifth rate death metal bands. The Relapse bio calls the band "manic grindcore" (who would have thought a bio would have anything interesting to say?), a good term to describe the duo, comprised of Scott Hull (ex-Anal Cunt) and Jay Randall. There's a strong Enemy Soil influence in the drum programming (a fitting influence since the band at one time held an ex-Enemy Soil member), and if you've heard Enemy Soil's _Casualties of Progress_ 7" you know how savage and aggressive this is. _Honkey Reduction_ features blazing drums, crazy vocals, heavy guitars and grinding bass... there isn't one weak aspect in this band. Clocking in at just under 20 minutes (for 26 songs), you know you're in store for some grindcore insanity... and to think this is only an EP with a full-length on its way! Fuck the new Blood Duster record, this is where it's at.

(article published 13/4/1998)


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