Saturday, 21 January 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: The Drip - "The Haunting Fear of Inevitability"

By: Charlie Butler

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 13/01/2017
Label: Relapse Records



Over the course of a breathless half an hour they tear through thirteen cuts of crusty death metal infused grindcore. A healthy dose of melody cuts through the violence that brings to mind a cross between Nasum and At The Gates.  “The Haunting Fear of Inevitability” is an enjoyable shot of breakneck, bile-soaked rage that marks The Drip as a band to watch.

“The Haunting Fear of Inevitability” CD//DD//LP

1. Blackest Evocation
2. Anathema
3. Gruesome Poetics
4. Dead Inside
5. Covered In Red
6. Terror War Industry
7. Painted Ram
8. Wretches
9. In Atrophy
10. The Answer
11. Exile
12. Consigned to Fate
13. Bone Chapel

The Review:

Washington quintet The Drip certainly don’t mess around on their furious debut “The Haunting Fear of Inevitability”.

Over the course of a breathless half an hour they tear through thirteen cuts of crusty death metal infused grindcore. A healthy dose of melody cuts through the violence that brings to mind a cross between Nasum and At The Gates. The band aren’t averse to slowing things down either and add some meaty sludgy riffs into the mix to powerful effect and even drag their heels to a doomy crawl during the epic climax of “Wretches”.

The Drip are at their most effective when they  blaze through a variety of styles and tempos during the space of a single track as demonstrated on explosive curtain raiser “Blackest Evocation” or emerge from a blur of speed into a killer riff such as the crunching send-off of “In Atrophy”.  The stand out moments of the record hit hard but there are times when the band’s onslaught lacks that killer instinct and passes by without leaving a lasting impression. However, as a short-term adrenaline rush it can’t be faulted.

The Haunting Fear of Inevitability” is an enjoyable shot of breakneck, bile-soaked rage that marks The Drip as a band to watch. Once they have honed their attack to perfection they could be a force to be reckoned with.

The Haunting Fear of Inevitability” is available here




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