It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop it out with Cyberviolence 2.
October is already over half over. Let that sink in for a moment. While the pandemic felt like a decades-long ordeal, the fact of the matter is that time is still zipping by at 5G speeds and microchipping us like a credit card sniper at Target. Welcome to doom. I have had a few beers and a scotch while writing this. About as grind as it gets, obviously.
Today, Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop Chop, or Chop7x returns to the Monday Grind. The single person East Coast cybergrinder is dropping a new EP on us in the form of Cyberviolence 2, a follow-up to June’s Cyberviolence. Hailing out of New Haven, CT, the project could be perhaps described as the more violent side of cybergrind. In lieu of the tradition of keeping the instruments digital, the music plays less with things like chiptune or EDM and more with straight fucking grind. It is a short trip, so let us begin.
Chop7x offers up four tracks of kick-your-head-in cybergrind. “S.E.O” unleashes the record with a slow return to form. A track gets things sounding monolith and slow before unleashing like a damn banshee. It is a very moshy song, something that sounds kind of beat down in nature. It is short but still gives time to throw some fists.
“Performance Peace” gets moving pretty quick. It is a punkier offering but in that 80s style of grind. Even kicking in with some drumstick clicks. The track goes quick, has some bounce and gloriously blasts. Then it is over, and we are on to the next one.
“Planned Obsolescence” wastes no time in getting blasting. But it breaks down quickly and gets a little funky with itself. It breaks eventually to some jumpy guitar and keeps things pushing that punk feeling. It ends shortly thereafter but its hard to not want to circle pit to it.
“Cosplay” might be the most face-ripping song on the list. This thing is pure cyberviolence. It is a track of vitriol and total chaos. The thing grinds and beats down the listener like it is trying to crowd kill. It is a pure slice of grindcore with a breakdown that almost sounds like it is going to give you peace. It does not. It is merely a distraction before going in for the second shot.
The final track, “Let’s Not And Say We Did” closes off the record, clocking this beast in under four minutes. A very grind move. It is a slower-moving piece that sounds tired but frothing. However, it is something that still has some blasts in it. The track feels epic. It hits harder with every digital guitar strike and closes off the EP well.
Cyberviolence 2 flies by in just over four minutes. But it is an intense experience that wastes none of its time. It is cool to see cybergrind coming up the way it is. From highly experimental projects to ones that are pure, well, cyberviolence, there is a lot to comb through. This is a great place to start for the uninitiated. And if you just need something grindy to get you through today, this is a killer kick in the ass. Chop7x has come a long way and continues to obliterate. Get grinding on this!