"The Genocide Machine" (Necropolis/Deathvomit)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Circle Of Dead Children play a style of chaotic grindcore infused with death metal riffing. "The Genocide Machine" is the kind of disc that inspires those who like this type of music to say "sick" incessantly as a positive attribute.

Circle Of Dead Children's brand of grindcore sounds like sped-up Cannibal Corpse during electro-shock therapy with chaotic breaks in a very raw and unpolished style. The vocals alternate between death metal grunting, high-pitched grinding screams, and low and quite forceful rumbling sounds not like anything I've heard in metal before.

"From Eros To Thanatos" is ultra slow and ultra deep while "Digestive Ceremony" shows that grind can be heavy without being simply a blur of noise all the way through. Disciplined death metal riffing is spliced into the grinding chaos with "Beethoven's Children." "Two Week Notice" is indicative of their sound. 

"Barbarians And Henchmen" is fresh without being weird while "Extreme Cannibal Smoke!" is inventive and unlike other grind bands. The band also intersperses interludes like the dreamy, watery "Isabella's Nightmare." 

Seventeen tracks at barely 29 minutes makes for brisk listening. "It's A Bloody Day When You Get Your Head Nailed To A Cross" clocks in at two minutes and eleven seconds and sounds like an epic compared to the rest of the songs despite the fact that "Barbarians And Henchmen" is over three minutes long, but moves much more quickly than that. 

Circle Of Dead Children bring an intelligence to their philosophy and approach to their music that easily separate themselves from nearly every other band (or genre for that matter). Hell, the song titles alone are enough to get even the most placid of folks thinking that Circle Of Dead Children might have something worthwhile to say. 

Circle Of Dead Children's "The Genocide Machine" will only elicit paroxysms of joy from the most ardent of extreme music lovers. 

Circle Of Dead Children is J. Horvath on vokills, J. Andrews on guitar, A. Kooser on bass, and J. Miciolek on drums. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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