It’s Monday and Mondays suck, so let’s grind it out with a preimere of The Sound That Ends Creation’s Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal.
Get on your Santa hat, hang the stockings, trim the tree, and load up on sweets, because The Santa Sound That Ends Creation is delivering a mathy sack of holiday cheer. I know plenty of people either draw the Christmas line at the day after Thanksgiving or December 1st, but if some grind bands ever do Christmas in July you can be your ass I will cover them if I find out about it. That being said, if you hate Christmas go download a Doom mod and shoot Santa or something. The rest of you, come along and hear some slaying songs.
On this column The Sound That Ends Creation should not need an introduction. I have featured Chris Dearing’s mathgrind extravaganza four times now. But if you do need one, Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal is a great starting point. A little dash of madness combined with Christmas injection. After all, the reason for the season is…blast beats.
Consisting of four tracks, Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal is a barrage of holiday cheer not seen since Slund’s A Very Slundy Christmas. Opening with the classic “Jingle Bells”, I can assure you this is the gold standard take on this holiday favorite. Suck it, Michael Bublé. Opening with a line from the film Elf, the song takes off with some piano, guitar, drums and before one knows it, they are transported. Like a Thomas Kinkade painting and six tabs of mescaline, the track is transformed before our ears. The track is a barrage of bouncing rhythms that switch up and morph quickly. Thirty seconds it, it sound like the song is about to meltdown before bouncing back from it, and then doing it again. Vocals go from singing to growling. And the horn section goes nuts. It is like a melting pot of candy canes. No, I don’t know what that means.
“Walking In A Winter Wonderland” follows, not missing a beat. The song starts out with punches of blasts, one after the other, letting them ring for a moment before doing it again. The track picks up some more and then moves into a heavy, mathy/growly breakdown. It is a cold winter wonderland out there, and probably a yeti ready to give the couple in the song a righteous, merry thrashing.
“Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” follows. Featuring clips from the Rankin/Bass short of the same name, the track starts out with the famous melody ala mathcore. And then becomes a blizzard of every instrument at Dearing’s disposal. It is actually a really catchy rendition. The punch of the piano and the breakdown really make this one shine like that red nose in a cold winter fog.
Finally, “Deck The Halls” closes off the holiday EP with probably the trippiest track. Though it is under a minute, everything gets thrown at this track. Like a still-decorated Christmas tree through a stump grinder. It starts out slow, it swells, and slowly it picks up. And once it speeds into that familiar territory the song slays, up until its very quick ending, a Home Alone 2 clip ending the EP.
Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal is a short trip at just over four-minutes, but I am confident some of these tracks will end up on a Now That’s What I Call Christmas comp in the future. And if they don’t, then obviously that series is illegitimate. If you are already on The Sound That Ends Creation train, then you knew you were going to like this before you hit play. It is mathgrinding goodness now packed with holiday fun. Get grinding on it!