POPULATION REDUCTION

"Each Birth a New Disaster" (Tankcrimes; 2008)

Reviewed by Spudbeast

 

Let me begin by saying this: Grindcore is not exactly this reviewer's cup of tea. There’s a rare breed of grindcore that I actually find myself listening to and, thankfully, Population Reduction’s latest effort, “Each Birth a New Disaster” is one of that breed. 

Consisting of two members, Population Reduction appears at first to be minimalist, blast-beat driven, 50-second song grindcore. But that's actually not the case. Awesome riffs and conservative drumming (i.e. not continuous blast-beats) make this band rise above the boring, trite sound of the likes of Pig Destroyer and
Evergreen Terrace.  Population Reduction is more in the vein of Frightmare and pre-“Heartwork” Carcass; brutal, but by no means boring.

Great musicianship, bitchin’ cover art,  hilarious lyrics ( “Amish Meth Dealer” and “Cock Rock Barbeque”) make this album definitely worth a listen, and potentially breathe some new life into a nearly tapped genre. I really enjoyed this album, and that's saying a lot for someone who had all but dismissed the genre as a bad joke.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/populationreduction or http://www.populationreduction.net

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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