Extreme Noise Terror
A Holocaust In Your Head


2.5
average

Review

by PopeC23 USER (4 Reviews)
February 12th, 2008 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Decent, but flawed in some pretty big ways

If you haven't heard of this album, I don't blame you. I hadn't heard of it until I came across the term "crust punk" and felt the need to check it out. For those of you in the dark, crust punk is the amalgamation of aggressive hardcore punk, trash metal riffage, and dirty hippies (a.k.a. crusties) screaming about fascism and political action. It's a sound that had an enormous influence on future grindcore, with bands like Napalm Death taking a lot of their sound from more aggressive crust punk bands like Extreme Noise Terror.

If that description is making your little metalhead mouth water, don't feel the need to read any more. No amount of criticism will mean anything to you if you like thrash and hardcore, but for those of you who aren't quite sold yet, let's go on.

The album opens with "Deceived", which wastes no time getting straight into everything good and bad about this album. A brief moment of fuzzed out, distorted bass, and a burst into drums that sound like a jackhammer being put onto a snare drum, extreme metal riffs, and lots of incomprehensible screaming. The production is a complete mess, but it could be a lot more annoying (see: "Under A Funeral Moon" - Darkthrone). Tinny sounding guitars and mostly unheard drums, while sucky, could be a lot more of a hindrance. In all honesty, it's probably a saving grace that it's hard to hear the often messy drumming over the guitars and vocals.

By the time things roll around to "***ed Up System", it's pretty obvious that these guys have a formula, and they're going to stick to it. Riffs, jackhammering on the snare drum, and screaming on top of it. And vocally, it deserves to be called "screaming". I'm not the biggest fan of metal vocals, but there are bands who do it well. From a growling rumble a la Electric Wizard to black metal rasps a la Gorgoroth, some people can abuse their vocal cords without sounding like an amateurish parody of themselves.

Extreme Noise Terror are not among those people. One vocalist manages a terrible guttural delivery that lends credence to every metal naysayer saying the singer sounds like he's taking a dump, while the other shouts with a sort of uncontrolled fury that, if it were higher, would sound a lot like Burzum at his most obnoxious.

But like the bad production masking some of the amateurish aspects of the performance, the bad vocals mask the GOD AWFUL lyrics. I don't necessarily disagree with their politics (aside from "Murder" which, surprise surprise, is a pro animal rights song), but did the world really need "Say you're here to help / But you just *** me. / No more lies and deceit"? The lyrics actually manage to be simpler than an Atari Teenage Riot song, but lack every bit of the "*** YEAH!" rabble rousing chant quality that endears ATR to people. Luckily, unless you really, really care about hearing it, you probably won't be able to make out any of the ham handed left wing pontificating.

Despite all of what's going against it, I like this album. There's certainly way better crust punk out there, but it's not too bad. For what it's worth, it's good for blasting and headbanging and all right for a low volume listening, whenever you're in the mood for something more extreme than your standard hardcore fare. But if this is the first you've heard of crust punk, don't judge the genre by this. There's better out there (like "The Terror Continues" by Raw Noise, which is essentially this album with most of the bad parts taken out), but if you feel your collection of proto-grindcore, punk/metal crossover is lacking, you might want to check this out.


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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2008


15740 Comments


Go through the review and add an extra space for all the paragraphs, then I'll read it in full. From what I get though, it looks good *thumb*

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PopeC23
February 12th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pardon my noobishness, but how do I go back and edit it?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2008


15740 Comments


in your profile, there's a thing in the left that says "edit my reviews. click that, then find this review.

PopeC23
February 12th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Okay, thanks. Can't believe I missed that.

combustion07
February 12th 2008


5362 Comments


These guys bore me...

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2008


15740 Comments


Alright, read it in full, nicely done.

Confessed2005
February 13th 2008


3314 Comments


Really nice review. Seem like an average band but nothing that would have any really profound impact on me.

eternium
October 2nd 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy production batman.

Goatlord
July 30th 2011


405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not a bad grindcore document. I like it in small doses.

foxblood
October 11th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is fucking awesome, better than a 2.5 i think

ET44
May 28th 2012


1 Comments


HAHAHA! that was a really funny review. my favorite part was where you said "no amount of criticism will mean anything to you if you like thrash and hardcore." that's a true statement. I love hardcore and powerviolence and grind. the shitty production, goofy vocals that aren't quite perfected, repetitive d beats and blast beats, are all reasons I love this album and band haha. I will agree I think if people are looking to hear "Crust punk" they should definitely look up some other bands, because ENT is kind of more of a grind band too me. Bands like discharge obviously, and other sick crust bands to check out are Totalitar, and Mauser. fuck yeah.

KILL
September 20th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

p gd

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jsaf7
May 17th 2014


170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There isn't really many good things i can say about this album.. aside from it's visceral energy, the vocals are poor, sound quality/production is sub-par, can't understand what he's saying 99 percent of the time, guitar tones are bland... All in all, i understand why many hardcore fans would consider these issues i just listed selling points, mainly because it does give the album a raw DIY feel... But i'd be lying if i said i thought this was worth more to me than a 2/5.

apert
July 28th 2014


3032 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this goes pretty hard



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