It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with Genocide Generator’s III.
It’s one of those days where I feel like I need something to really wake me up, along with a big, black cup of coffee. Because some days you just can’t pull yourself out of the weekend stupor. And really, who can blame you? But that’s why we’ve got bands like Genocide Generator on this column. Something to kick your ass back into gear. Or something to just alleviate the stress of a shitty day.
The German three piece has been grinding away since 2013. Well, that is to say, formed in 2013 and haven’t released any more material until now. No splits, no EPs, no demos—nadda. But why rush a good thing? III is a bursting rush of industrial and deathgrind that’s only intent on destruction.
If you’ve heard the first Genocide Generator then you know the drill. The album is a number and the songs are numbers that aren’t in any sequential order. III picks up with track “17” and moves into “21.” Hey, saves one the time of having to come up with something brutal. Keeps that punk vibe that grind has always held onto: simplicity. And that’s the best thing about the band’s aesthetic. The artwork is cutesy, and certainly disarming for the uninitiated.
Of course, the songs don’t match the aesthetic at all. And that’s one of the things I love about this album. It has its fun fucking with people that happen upon it, however many that ends up being. *looks at band name again* And I’m guessing that number is relatively small. But hey, if it fucks with some elitist, macho, shithead metal guys, that’s cool too. Come get some cutesiness, you killers.
There hasn’t been an evolution in sound for Genocide Generator. Again, if you heard I, you know the drill. Songs are brief and sound like burning oil rags and tin cans were thrown into a cement mixer. It’s chaotic as all hell. There’s no introduction to kick this album off, it simply goes. Some stomping bass drum and buzzsaw guitar cuts right to the bone of things. And for the next nineteen-minutes, it never relents. It also isn’t a straight brutalizing attack.
Genocide Generator like to throw in a splash of industrial here and there. It’s like they tore part of a page from Anaal Nathrakh and fused it with Rotten Sound. Tracks like “24” have an eerie, moodier hold over them while still maintaining the brutal pace. But to say it doesn’t remind me a bit of Desideratum would be bullshit. The industrial ties a lot of things together and keeps the album from feeling stale.
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up and need something to get the blood going, you can’t do any wrong with III. No, I don’t know what happened to II and I don’t care. Genocide Generator are keeping it consistent with this release. If they decide to generate some new tune in less than four-years that’d be kick ass too. But why force a good thing? For now, we’ve got this rager.
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