The blackened grind genre is in rude health at the moment. The established masters Anaal Nathrakh have recently found their supremacy challenged by the shouty upstarts of Fukpig, and there is another name incoming to add their own unique slant.
Scottish duo Chronocide, consisting of Nothus and Eversor tick all of the requisite boxed for ferocity as they vent their rage through 12 tracks of absolute brutality.
After the impressive atmospheric opening of Not One Worm all hell breaks loose in the form of Children Of Thalidomide (nice Billy Joel reference). Here the duo show what they are capable of, with Eversor handling the guitar and drum duties with equal style. Not at the same time, obviously.
The album follows the trend started by Fukpig with Belief Is The Death Of Intelligence for an improved level of production that makes the whole thing much more listenable. This is not just extreme noise but there is actually decent musicianship and songwriting at play here and the finished sound seems to fit the band’s energies perfectly. This may have something to do with the fact this release was produced by none other than Mick Kenney of Fukpig and Anaal Nathrakh fame.
Having said that, although clearly influenced by their necropunk forefathers Chronocide are no mere clones of anyone who has gone before and manage to bring their own unique insight to the genre. There is a genuine anger palpable in the tracks on The Solitude Of Man, we particularly liked Cowardice And Greed, as fine an example of intense blackened grind as you will hear.
This is obviously not going to be a release that everyone will like as it is about as extreme as extreme metal gets, but if you are a fan of the likes of Extreme Noise Terror and Nathrakh then Chronocide are well worth checking out.