Extortion
Loose Screws


4.0
excellent

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
February 26th, 2010 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Extortion are a hardcore/powerviolence band from Perth, Western Australia who have built themselves something of a cult fanbase over the past few years. Operating since 2005 or so, they released their first LP Degenerate in 2006 and it's follow-up Sick in 2008, along with a myriad of 7" singles, splits and the EP Terminal Cancer in 2009.

Loose Screws is the groups 2010 release, and is straight to the point from the get-go. What follows are several tracks which simply do not let up in energy for the entire duration of the release, with a cutting rhythm section fueled by melodic basslines and excellent drumming guitarist Brendan's powerchords always cut through with a healthy intensity. The songwriting is excellent, vocalist Rohan (Extortion do not seem to believe in last names) provides a suitably shouty edge to the playfulness of the music, the band often stopping on a dime and starting up again at will in a manner that is constantly engaging.

It would be futile to analyse the direct nature of the music in detail but The Pessimist, Stare At The Sun, Blindspot, Kill The Lights and Faulty Wiring are perhaps the standout tracks here. Closer Socially Inept is a personal favourite with its repetitive riff and simple rhythmic pattern, highlighting the value of the "less is more" approach i've come to take for granted. If there is anything to flaw, there is little variation throughout. Still, if you were looking for that you wouldn't be listening to powerviolence.

Loose Screws is an excellent 2010 outing for Extortion, it's short, sudden and to the point which is often all one could want with this brand of hardcore. Despite this the whole ordeal feels very well controlled throughout, with a lot of care taken not to fall into the traps this type of music seems to invite with bland songwriting and dull chugging. It's an entertaining, worthwhile listen.



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Meatplow
February 27th 2010


5524 Comments


The first thing I listened to in 2010 and still one of the best.

Willie
Moderator
February 27th 2010


16147 Comments


I'll pos but I don't think I'd be into this. What exactly is "power violence" anyway?

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Meatplow
February 27th 2010


5524 Comments


As far as I know it's like a slower brand of grindcore.

I've never been able to figure out one concise definition of it however.

Willie
Moderator
February 27th 2010


16147 Comments


Aw, so if I don't like grindcore (except for the occasional Carcass song and the band Disharmonic Orchestra), then I can probably avoid this power violence stuff too?

cirq
February 27th 2010


9265 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i do enjoy this album.

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 27th 2010


3742 Comments


listened to this band this one time

Transient
February 27th 2010


1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saw a dude wearing a shirt with the Loose Screws cover on it at a bar last night, so I went and talked to him. Turns out it was Extortion's guitarist lol.

Meatplow
February 27th 2010


5524 Comments


Aw, so if I don't like grindcore (except for the occasional Carcass song and the band Disharmonic Orchestra), then I can probably avoid this power violence stuff too?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh932P28Yto

Try this, see what you think.

Extortion is probably more straight up hardcore though, it's difficult to say.

Willie
Moderator
February 27th 2010


16147 Comments


I'll check it out, but Youtube is blocked here at work, so it'll be a little while.

Mordecai.
February 27th 2010


8282 Comments


Are they similar to United Nations?

Meatplow
February 27th 2010


5524 Comments


I wouldn't have a clue to be honest.

DBlitz
February 27th 2010


1691 Comments


great album, grew off me a bit since release though. nice review as well, noticed an extremely small error

"less is more" approach i've come to take for granted

NortherlyNanook
February 27th 2010


1285 Comments


band and album rule great amountss

Are they similar to United Nations?


what. where did this come from

no they're not similar at all.

SeaAnemone
February 27th 2010


20946 Comments


I kinda wanna check this out, a little hesitant just cause I've never heard "power violence" before and it sounds too brutal for me... oh well, we'll see how it goes...

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Meatplow
February 27th 2010


5524 Comments


great album, grew off me a bit since release though. nice review as well, noticed an extremely small error

"less is more" approach i've come to take for granted


k man thanks

I kinda wanna check this out, a little hesitant just cause I've never heard "power violence" before and it sounds too brutal for me... oh well, we'll see how it goes...


I wouldn't consider it particularly brutal as such, in fact I have been oh so hesistant to refer to it as having a pop punk quality almost. I would expect to be under fire, though.

SlightlyEpic
February 27th 2010


5780 Comments


Powerviolence is more just heavier/faster hardcore as far as I'm aware, I'd say this definitely sits on the line between hardcore and pv though

iarescientists
February 27th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band just has the perfect fucking sound tbh

PanasonicYouth
March 22nd 2010


7412 Comments


album is pretty tasty

Jim
July 12th 2010


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool

Spluger
September 27th 2012


1188 Comments


That album cover alone is awesome enough for me to want to check this out.



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