Noisear
Subvert the Dominant Paradigm


4.0
excellent

Review

by eternium USER (16 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 22 replies | 7,285 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great representative of everything that grindcore has been and more for our masochistic sides to love and adore.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Noisear might be the best band to represent the grindcore genre to rise in recent years. Inhuman vocals that switch from high pitched shrieks to low guttural growls? Check. Fierce guitar riffing that eats through your ear drums? Check. Groovy breakdowns that appear occasionally and make everything even heavier? Check. Thick distorted bass that hovers over the audio attack like a thick cloud? Check. Songs that can rape your last.fm play count? Check. Incredibly fast drumming filled with blast beats that would take Olympian stamina to produce? ***ing check mate.

I hate when people call "album of *insert year*" before the year ends but this truly could end up being the grindcore album of 2011, even surpassing the great Rotten Sound thus far. You see, Noisear has it all. Most notable perhaps is the drumming that is even more jaw-dropping when seen (just head over to YouTube and watch a live video). Everywhere I go I see the band being compared to pretty much every legendary group from Brutal Truth to Insect Warfare to Discordance Axis. While there are certainly aspects of each band Noisear still manages to separate themselves from copycat grind bands and produce something worthwhile with Subvert the Dominant Paradigm. The album rips minute by minute song endlessly and the album reaches the feat that every grind album should: you find yourself lost in the noise-like (wonder where the name came from) invasion, attempting to move your feet and hands to the ridiculous speed, and move your head to the grooves that appear.

In addition to the grind standards the band adds in dissonant bits of shred and high pitched guitar licks, sometimes even brilliantly pushing the vocals aside and take the forefront, particularly in "The Rail" and "Slave." The band brings back the days when grindcore had speedy solos while evolving the sound at the same time in an almost perfect mixture of past, present, and future. The vocals? Insane. While the majority of grind vocalists do switch from the high pitched to the guttural most find themselves only talented at one or the other, Alex Lucero is excellent in simply everything he does and even the backup shrieks coming from guitar and bass players add to the numerous inhuman noises that is hard to believe to be healthy.

Subvert the Dominant Paradigm is another sonic attack to adore in your own masochistic ways. The production is perfect in that its clear and full, making me only wish that the bass was slightly more hearable. Versatility is prevalent in that the band touches nearly every (positive) corner of the genre while adding in their own touch. As a warning, the final song ("Noisearupterion", damn they're good at names) is a twenty minute droning of noise that bursts after an angry rant and does not relent the entire time. Maybe the guys listened to Nadja or something and decided to attempt at creating something similar. While better and more enjoyable than some drone songs/bands, it just isn't bearable for the entire twenty minutes. Nonetheless it is a different take on finding a way to assault the ears. Perhaps this is the apocalyptic nuclear explosion as the result of a massive global war that the first nineteen songs represented (sonically). A sharp dissonance of static-like noise that is painful and intolerable like the radiation that could potentially kill us all in the future.



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eternium
March 12th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've noticed that I've done pretty much all of my reviews with very little planning and almost stream-of-consciously.

Album deserves more listens and attention.

Ovrot
March 12th 2011



10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Amazing Album
Borealis Storm Rapes

Nice review too
pos'd

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

wyankeif1337
March 12th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

sweet, this got reviewed. good album, good review. pos'd

I've noticed that I've done pretty much all of my reviews with very little planning and almost stream-of-consciously.


and this is how i do almost every single one of my reviews.

Defeater
March 12th 2011



5782 Comments


You're welcome.

eternium
March 12th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For what?

Defeater
March 12th 2011



5782 Comments


Check the artist page.

eternium
March 12th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, yeah you're the one who added the band in the database. I thought you were saying that you're the one who rec'd it to me or something.

Ovrot
March 12th 2011



10468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

defeater rec'd it to me and i thank you

Pizza
March 12th 2011



687 Comments


good review, sounds like something i should check out

Defeater
March 12th 2011



5782 Comments


Ah, yeah you're the one who added the band in the database. I thought you were saying that you're the one who rec'd it to me or something.


No, but I created the original list getting people to check it out. I've since deleted it. I thought this would go over well here though.

Ponton
Emeritus
March 12th 2011



5784 Comments


forgot about this, will listen

Blackbelt54
March 12th 2011



4268 Comments


nice review, i should get this

ButcheredChildren
March 12th 2011



5591 Comments


someones on a role

eternium
March 12th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tend to spit out a couple of reviews at one time and then not do anything for months.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 13th 2011



10585 Comments


glad this got reviewed; fun record and good job.

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

Tyrael
March 13th 2011



20740 Comments


Nice review, this album is tons of fun.

Motiv3
March 13th 2011



8920 Comments


never got into this for some reason, and i like grind. Ill try this out again at some point.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

DoubtGin
March 13th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

last song is like a big "fuck you"

i enjoy the rest, though

sniper
March 14th 2011



19000 Comments


female vox are scary

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

Defeater
March 14th 2011



5782 Comments


female vox?



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