Rotten Sound
Cycles


4.5
superb

Review

by John Anderton USER (27 Reviews)
December 28th, 2008 | 45 replies | 8,865 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If we cannot live in peace, we must die in peace.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

It’s not necessarily an overarching statement to say that metal can put forth more vicious music than perhaps any other genre (hardcore comes close). Naturally, when making such a claim, warrant must be provided. Some obvious examples could be presented, such as Cryptopsy or Anaal Nathrakh. To justify such a statement, however, I present Finland’s death / grind outfit Rotten Sound. If ever there was an album that defined the spirit of being angry, it’s their latest outing Cycles. Lasting roughly half an hour, it’s a ride listeners won’t soon forget.

Some bands can be set apart from their contemporaries just by a certain quirk they employ or something as simple as the tone of their guitars. Needless to say, it came as a giant surprise to me when I heard the buzz-saw crunch tone of bands like Entombed and Dismember emitting from my speakers in the form of grind. Although not particularly the most endearing tone, it nevertheless provides Rotten Sound with an extra punch they may not else wise have been able to attain. This tone has been tweaked to perfection, however; each note emanates a feeling of getting punched in the face. Combine this with lightning speed grind riffs, and one could say listening to Cycles is quite like the audible form of Bruce Lee beating you near to death. Unfortunately, for those few bass enthusiasts, this production leaves the bassist way out of comprehension. Only with extremely careful listening can the muddy plunk of the bass be heard. For what it’s worth, it keeps up with the guitars effortlessly.

Grind releases often sit between two polar extremes; those with between 8 and 12 songs each lasting about 2-3 minutes; the other end has grind releases with about 3000 songs each lasting about 4 seconds. Cycles falls neatly between these two extremes, with 18 songs and clocking in at about half an hour. What most grind albums suffer from almost unwaveringly is that the songs often blend together. This is not as evident on Cycles, as each song has its own identity; the riffs vary greatly and do not blend together. Cycles carries a full blend of riffs, ranging from death-inspired to doom-inspired, and never lets up for a moment of its runtime. When the album isn’t forcing you to submit through the sheer weight of its production mixed with its speed, the slowed down interludes provide an outrageously heavy counterpoint. Grind also suffers from a lack of riffs that are catchy and easy to remember; throughout Cycles, slight groove influences can be heard in the playing, giving the album a catchy, lasting feel.

Vocals are often a make it or break it deal for listeners; whether it be too high pitched, too whiny, too deep, too incoherent, or too what-ever-else-you-can-think-of, vocals play a key role in determining the ease of listening for an album. Cycles features one of the most aggressive, pissed-off vocal deliveries I have ever heard; every growl, every scream, every rasp is pure vitriol. Never for a moment does the singer fail to remind you that you are listening to extremely pissed off music. This garners a strange effect, however; not only does he add to the part of the music, but the vocalist often is an instrument himself, adding a higher tone to the standard chainsaw crunch of the guitars.

Cycles is grind at its absolute finest; anyone who loves the genre absolutely needs to check this out. With ace guitars, killer vocals and pounding rhythm work, Cycles hits the ground running and never stops.



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Essence
December 28th 2008



3558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=bastard]and Old Hickory pushes out a full 7 reviews this year, as apposed to the 6 we expected from him.



nice work.
[/quote]

bastard
December 28th 2008



3435 Comments


okay thanks, now this website respects me even less.



Essence
December 28th 2008



3558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not my best review, was a tad rushed, but I think it came out fine.

bastard
December 28th 2008



3435 Comments


it's still pretty good, i like the more short and sweet format you are getting into.

Essence
December 28th 2008



3558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got tired of the
"HOKAY THE GUITARS DID THIS AND THE BASS DID THIS AND THE DRUMS DID THIS AND THE VOCALS GOD THIS IS BORING WHY DO I KEEP DOING THIS"

bastard
December 28th 2008



3435 Comments


oh so you gave up the Silverfang/Hawks format?

Zippermouth
December 28th 2008



1305 Comments


Sweden has grind too, and it's awesome.

Sweden invented grind.

bastard
December 28th 2008



3435 Comments


Sweden invented grind.


o rly?

Essence
December 28th 2008



3558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, I forgot to say, props to chan's feature for this

There you go zip, I changed the summaryThis Message Edited On 12.28.08

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2008



17912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aw man i was gonna review this oh well awesome album eliminator is gay

Essence
December 28th 2008



3558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

By all means, go ahead Chan. I'm sure you'd do a better job

BallsToTheWall
December 28th 2008



44164 Comments


Glad to see this reviewed. The samples from this were sick. Will get this immediately. Nice work.

HighandDriving
December 28th 2008



3232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds good I'm checking it out now.

Crimson
December 28th 2008



1935 Comments


Vocalist has an absolutely sick sound, might get this.

KTV
December 28th 2008



760 Comments


I thought Rotten Sound were from Finland?

jrowa001
December 28th 2008



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ive been meaning to check this out. thanks for the review, ill go get it now

TrojanWhore
December 28th 2008



752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a sick album. I reviewed it under Confessed2005 but for some reason it has been deleted

foreverendeared
December 28th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album. made it into my top 50. awesome review too

Essence
December 28th 2008



3558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's also a random violin or somethin' on the last track

I thought Rotten Sound were from Finland?

Wow I have no idea why I thought they were from Sweden.This Message Edited On 12.28.08

fireaboveicebelow
December 28th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is kai hahto drumming? I'm getting this anyway



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