Rotten Sound
Exit


5.0
classic

Review

by Raz0rGrind23 USER (18 Reviews)
June 25th, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Flawless Outing That Batters And Abuses From Start To Finnish.........

The opening static groans of Rotten Sound’s 'Exit' beckons a rumbling tension that correctly balances a booming silence with the maddening introduction of a shotgun cock, signaling auditory assault. The brutality of the preliminary title track lasts for only a mere minute but the variance of sound and silence is handled in such correct fashion it’s hard to deny the maddening bursts.

Anyone familiar with Rotten Sound’s 2005 release Exit, already has a perfect picture of the opening sequences of the title track and my minimalistic, fan-b**** description does little to correctly portray the audible aggression. 2008’s 'Cycles' was a masterpiece in its own right, exhibiting true exhilaration from start to finish. Still, it’s 'Exit' and 'Murderworks' that, in my humble opinion, show a more complete and chaotic thrust in reference to speed and technicality. The signature buzz saw guitars are again; tailor-made to fit Rotten Sound’s approach where as the riffs are both destructive, yet undeniably catchy. Love it or hate it, this characteristic is further augmented with the vocal delivery of Keijo Niinimaa. Strep - induced screams, with varied, low end growls correctly implements these guitar lines. ‘Burden’ and ‘Sell Your Soul’ are the first real demonstrations of this simple, yet effective recipe. Both elements blend together so perfectly that neither takes more precedence over the other.

Another added bonus is the presence of drummer Kai Hahto. Whether you want to admit enjoyment or disgust with grindcore, this album can be purchased for Hahto’s performance alone. His delivery goes beyond reasonable belief and proves he is among the best drummers in the world. Its mind-numbing to believe it’s physically possible to play this fast and still maintain fluidity through the duration of the record, much less a live set (See ‘Live Murder’, covering the Murderworks release). While it’s more pronounced on Murderworks, the double-pedal clocks in at a mesmerizing 200 blast beats per minute; absolutely stunning in its own regard. Not to discredit current drummer Sami Latva and his performance, but this is another reason 2008’s 'Cycles' takes a back seat to this release. Hahto manages to control the vicious onslaught by correctly tapering off and speeding up during varied segments rather than just beating the living h*** out of his kit.

Song lengths run from thirty seconds to two minute lengths with the exception of the five minute, album-ending scorcher, ‘The Weak’. Production is crisp and smooth, and was in fact handled by deceased Nasum front man Mieszko Talarczyk (RIP). Is it entirely just to pinpoint highlights on this grind release? I think not. The album’s eighteen track, twenty-nine minute onslaught, is best to be taken in one listen from A-Z. Collectively, there’s no weak track on the album, all of which conveying musical brawn. For the newbie’s, ‘Exit’, ‘Burden’, ‘Sell Your Soul’, ‘Slay’, ‘Western Cancer’ are each supreme indicators to sample.

With other renowned releases including Napalm Death’s 'Scum,' Insect Warfare’s 'World Extermination' and the all so powerful 'Shift' from Swedish legends Nasum, ‘Exit’ is a strong addition to any grind fan’s library. This is a flawless outing that batters and abuses from start to finish. To most this will not be easily accessible upon first listen and the chainsaw guitars may come off as droning noise. Still, with added patience, one will see something special at work here. Put bluntly, this will knock the s*** out of your a**.



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Raz0rGrind23
June 25th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kind of hit a block midway through this one, but I still really enjoyed this write-up.

foreverendeared
June 25th 2010


14678 Comments


Cycles rules

Raz0rGrind23
June 25th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cycles owns for sure. Still, this one holds a special place in my heart....

foreverendeared
June 25th 2010


14678 Comments


Haven't heard it. I haven't been in the mood for heavy music the last couple of months (unless you count black metal), but I'll probably end up getting this eventually. oh, good review.

Raz0rGrind23
June 25th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank ya sir. Yes, that happens to us all. Still dig this one up pronto. The drumming on this and Murderworks is amazing! Don't mean to sound like a broken record.

Bitchfork
June 25th 2010


7584 Comments


Your writing is extremely verbose and pretentious, as this whole review can be summed up in 3 sentences with just as much detail and far less "big and complicated" words, k?

Asiatic667
June 25th 2010


4648 Comments


jkl

Bitchfork
June 26th 2010


7584 Comments


I understand auricular is a real word but have never heard it used in writing anywhere. Auditory. Aural. Sonic. All better options.

Raz0rGrind23
June 26th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'''I understand auricular is a real word but have never heard it used in writing anywhere''''

I guess there is a first time for everything. With that one, you're right. Will change. I suppose this could come off as pretentious but, still, this album deserves some recognition. I really enjoy it. And condensed into three sentences??? Elaborate please... The review wasn't that long to begin with mr. bitchfork....

Btw, your thoughts on the album?

Wizard
June 26th 2010


19523 Comments


A Flawless Outing That Batters And Abuses From Start To Finnish.........

Nice play on words!

Whether you want to admit enjoyment or disgust with grindcore, this album can be purchased for Hahto’s performance alone.

I hate to break it to you, but there is faster and better out there; much better!

I like Murderworks best but this is still great. Good review!

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Raz0rGrind23
June 26th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Wizard. I was wondering if anyone would catch that!

I fully agree with you, but this just hits the right chord with me. In your humble opinion which are the faster and better? And yes, Murderworks owns.



Raz0rGrind23
June 26th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

BTW, why does this only show up on the main page and not metal?

Terrifyer
August 15th 2010


3403 Comments


err late response but this is a grind album, so it goes under punk.

no one uses those tabs at the top anyway

East Hastings
August 15th 2010


4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sup grindmaster85

Terrifyer
August 15th 2010


3403 Comments


sup man listening to this right now actually

East Hastings
August 15th 2010


4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ive only got cycles but it was pretty kickass, ill prolly download this when i get home

Terrifyer
August 15th 2010


3403 Comments


i havent listened to Cycles yet, but from what I've heard this and Murderworks are much better

Raz0rGrind23
August 15th 2010


423 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^
What'd you guys think of this one? For some reason I find more replay value with Rotten Sound than Nasum. Of course thats no real discrecit to Nasum. Still an awesome band....

East Hastings
August 15th 2010


4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reminds me i should listen to Shift

Terrifyer
August 15th 2010


3403 Comments


I'm the opposite man, I prefer Nasum to Rotten Sound. particularly Shift i love that album

Rotten Sound are very good though, i think Murderworks is my fav



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