Spoonful of Vicodin
Bursts of Rage at the Speed of Hate


4.5
superb

Review

by Attis USER (12 Reviews)
February 1st, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fasten your seatbelts.

Grindcore is undoubtedly the most abrasive subgenre of all the metal. According to wikipedia, grindcore is characterized by heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, high-speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consists of incomprehensible growls, or high-pitched shrieks. I agree wholeheartily. And what do all of these aforementioned things have in common? Spoonful of Vicodin.

Spoonful of Vicodin is like no other band you've ever seen. Formed in 2008, this two-piece grindcore/powerviolence outfit have unleashed some of the most extreme music ever created upon the unsuspecting world. Forget Carcass, Nasum or Gaza, these guys are the real deal. With their sound deeply rooted in both hardcore and grind and powerviolence, Spoonful of Vicodin take no prisoners with their face-melting riffs and maniacal vocals. Enter Bursts of Rage at the Speed of Hate.

The first thing a careful listener will notice is the vicious assault of unearthly guitar riffs that other bands only dream of dreaming. Crust riffs, death metal riffs, tremolo-picked riffs, other riffs, these guys have it all. Another thing that deserves mention is the guitar tone.

The vocalist is also one of the factors that participate in the genius of this band. I doubt he has any idea what he's yelling but his screams are ear piercing and hard hitting, and that's what counts. He even goes as far as to SWITCH between high-pitched shrieks and low gutturals, trying to do his best Lord Worm impression. Sadly, his range in the low territory is seriously lacking, unconsciously pulling a Once Was Not instead of None So Vile (man, that album was a piece of ***). Best example of the intensity of his vocal delivery is the song 'Sacrificed for the Thrash', mainly its outro which follows the pattern of AHHRHAHARHAAHAHHRAHHAHRAHAAARAAAAAAAAAHHAHAH, thus adding another layer of textural density to an already dense and textural song. Jacob Bannon watch out.

The drumming is your typical hit-everything-in-sight-just-be-sure-to-be-fast-as-fuck grind affair. It isn't the most creative drumwork out there (but then again after listening to Nile nothing is), but the drummer gets the job done nicely, never stealing the spotlight for himself but instead providing a solid backbone for the annihilating riffs. The songs themselves are a constant battle between drums, vocals and guitar to out rule each other, a theater of madness and destruction.

Describing bass on a grind record is never an easy task but this album is different. It has no bass. It initially came to me as a surprise that the album was recorded without the aid of a bass but as i delved deeper into the realms of grindcore knowledge i realized that such an addition would prove contra productive since the guitars are more than sufficient source of chaos and the bass could potentially restore order to the ongoing madness, something that is dreaded by every true grinder.

In conclusion, Spoonful of Vicodin have created an earth-shattering hardcore record that is up there with Symphonies of Sickness and Phantom Lamb as one of the most brutal sonic attacks ever conceived. Sup.



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Attis
February 1st 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

constructive criticism is alright!

accompliceofmydeath
February 1st 2012


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sounds sweet. Will have to check out.

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CaptainDooRight
February 1st 2012


30369 Comments


f' is this, might have to check

Digging: Henryk Gorecki - Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

foxblood
February 1st 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoaaa someone reviewed this, awesome. this record is really good.
although grind is more of a sub genre of punk that later acquired many influences from metal,
and referencing wikipedia is kind of bizarre. still pos'd tho

Cells
February 1st 2012


1875 Comments


This looks fuckin awesome

foxblood
February 1st 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's pretty awesome. has an old school feel, very sporadic and has more in common with older grind releases rather than newer ones. raw, punky, and disgusting

CaptainDooRight
February 1st 2012


30369 Comments


sounds like something I'd enjoy

EyesWideShut
February 1st 2012


3210 Comments


yup one of those real grindy punky hardcore bandz.

Attis
February 1st 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WHO NEGGED WHY ARE U DOIN THIS 2 ME

MalleusMaleficarum
February 1st 2012


14407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this review sucks and so does the person who wrote it

MalleusMaleficarum
February 1st 2012


14407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the whole thing screams "im a fucking noob"

FrankRedHot
February 1st 2012


6448 Comments


Anyone who uses wikipedia as a source and then proceeds to quote it in his review is a moron.

foxblood
February 1st 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah take that part out. we are all well aware of what qualities grindcore consists of, and wikipedia is never a good reference
for a review.
"Forget Carcass, Nasum or Gaza, these guys are the real deal"....."In conclusion, Spoonful of Vicodin have created an earth-
shattering hardcore record that is up there with Symphonies of Sickness and Phantom Lamb as one of the most brutal sonic
attacks ever conceived. Sup."
you say forget Carcass, then say this is up there with Symphonies of Sickness. i don't get it

MalleusMaleficarum
February 1st 2012


14407 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it goes back to what i said, the writer is simply a noob and is trying too hard to act knowledgable.



scissorlocked
February 1st 2012


3511 Comments


awesome band name and awesome song titles

pos

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Attis
February 2nd 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im knolwedgable as fuqq u turds have u even herd anal nakarth

Attis
February 2nd 2012


333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

comin up next

wormrot - dirge

rasputin
February 2nd 2012


14555 Comments


good album

who are you attis, i feel like we know each other

accompliceofmydeath
February 2nd 2012


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a huge fan of the vocals, but this isn't too shabby.

Hawks
September 17th 2012


35837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck this rules.



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