Combatwoundedveteran
This is Not an Erect, All-Red Neon Body


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
September 6th, 2010 | 40 replies | 6,943 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Combatwoundedveteran are a hardcore band from Ithaca, NY that take various influences from grind, powerviolence, and screamo to create a harsh sound of their own. They have created a multitude of splits, one which they're most famous for by collaborating with the influential hardcore screamo band Orchid, which in turn helped Combatwoundedveteran to create a harder, rougher sound of their own. Since they did so much with so many different bands, Combatwoundedveteran decided to compile most of their best work into one album; thus we have This is Not an Erect, All-Red Neon Body.

This is Not... is a 42 track monster of a grind, powerviolence album and while it's not necessarily long in nature being a grind album, it is an exercise in unrelenting fast tempo, horrific imagery, and crushing pain. You're likely to never be the same again after embarking on this journey; look at the album cover for visual proof that this is a dirty, I'm going-to-hell-for-even-listening-to-this display of your audible threshold. A man vividly close to his death bed, vomiting his entire intestinal line nearly perfectly encapsulates the feel of the album; tortured, brutal, and borderline disgusting. The album can get monotonous at times, as songs bleed into each other. But that's not to say that these guys aren't versatile with their instruments; drums more or less stay the same tempo, but they are powerful and helped along by combative guitar riffs and thumping bass playing which all lead to the quick pace of the album. One visual akin to the album along with the brutality of the album-cover is of Road-Runner, the fast as hell cartoon character that would disappear in the blink of an eye while Coyote was left dumbfounded and agitated. It's a good example of the effect of This is Not... with you, being the Coyote, astonished and irked at the album which is Road-Runner, fast and unforgiving in your attempt to catch your breath.

While at times too monotonous and samey for its own good, This is Not... is a great compilation of grind and powerviolence that should be added to any hardcore fan's catalogue. Combining many influences from Orchid's hardcore screamo sound, to grind-based fast tempo music parallel to early Man Is The Bastard and Assuck, Combatwoundedveteran have developed their own take on the hardcore scene, albeit a horrifying one. If you're feeling up to the challenge, give Combatwoundedveteran a spin and hear for yourself an excellent grind band blasting away.



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Bitchfork
September 6th 2010



7584 Comments


album roolz

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010



7584 Comments


I would never call this grind though, just straight up powerviolence.

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010



7584 Comments


"I Talk You Listen (Version Lo-Fi)" and "Hank Cut Out His Bowels Again" are the best songs on here.

Also review needs more mention of the magnificent flute solo.

EVedder27
September 6th 2010



6088 Comments


ithaca, ny eh? Almost went to school out there

EVedder27
September 6th 2010



6088 Comments


nah ithaca college

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010



7584 Comments


Well I mean screamo takes influence from hardcore and so does grind and powerviolence so if you're going to use the genres available why not use the most appropriate and specific? I mean one does take an enormous amount of influence from the other and since everything's become such a cross-breed nowadays there's no reason to use two genera when indeed most people who listen to powerviolence recognize the similarities between genres like grind and emo.

Gyromania
September 7th 2010



15200 Comments


I would never call this grind though, just straight up powerviolence.

you can be so gay

bailar12
September 7th 2010



1766 Comments


ive always wanted to listen to this

ive always loved the cover of it

but never dl'd it for some reason

bailar12
September 7th 2010



1766 Comments


I NEED IT

Bitchfork
September 7th 2010



7584 Comments


It's a grower for sure.

bailar12
September 7th 2010



1766 Comments


its not straight up grind is it?

Bitchfork
September 7th 2010



7584 Comments


not at all

Bitchfork
September 7th 2010



7584 Comments


not at all

sniper
September 7th 2010



18972 Comments


I really don't think this is all that good but w/e

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

McCopper
September 7th 2010



1367 Comments


There actually is a music genre called powerviolence?...

PanasonicYouth
September 7th 2010



7411 Comments


ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm





ya

ConsiderPhlebas
September 7th 2010



6157 Comments


I interviewed these guys once. Don't remember them mentioning powerviolence. Weird.

sniper
September 7th 2010



18972 Comments


They def sound like pv

combustion07
September 7th 2010



5334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I prefer Crime Scene Photos. I need to pick up some more of their splits, as of now I only have the one with Scrotum Grinder and it rules. Ithaca has a great scene.

SeaAnemone
September 7th 2010



19729 Comments


cool review bt idk i don't think i'd like this

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation



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