Noothgrush
Erode the Person


4.0
excellent

Review

by Angel STAFF
February 3rd, 2012 | 151 replies | 5,066 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bringin' da cr00sh.

For anyone who’s ever wondered what a bunch of really angry Melvins fans sound like, they needn’t look any further than the U.S. sludge scene in the ‘90s. Once the raw and aggressive hardcore sound found itself melding with the heaviness and slower tempos of post-Sabbath doom metal, it was only a matter of time before bands started taking it to new extremes. In 1999, after a couple demos, an EP, and quite a few splits, Noothgrush finally assembled their debut full-length, Erode the Person, a landmark album for the genre. Taking Grief’s pioneering formula and dirtying up even a bit further, the Californian group managed to stamp out their own legacy, even if they went somewhat unnoticed compared to some of their contemporaries.

Slow, pounding riffs trudge forward, destroying everything in their path and make the listener want to do the same, as each note, dripping with pure hatred and malignant intent, seeps out of the speakers. Lurching bass notes and intently smashed drums accompany low, lumbering chords caked in just the right grimy tone. Contemptuous, visceral hardcore screams adorn the instrumentation fittingly, encompassing lyrical themes as spiteful and as hopeless as the music itself. The group’s down-tuned, condensed take on Pink Floyd’s “Sysyphus” and “Narrow Way” from Ummagumma is pure psychedelic bliss. Their simplistic sludge recipe benefits greatly just from the excellent timing of each dynamic. When the vocals come in, where there are bends, where there’s feedback – all of these things contribute to how infectious every punishing moment is. Throughout the album, each riff, each groove is as wholly satisfying as the last.

Suffice it to say you won’t find a lot of finesse here. But that’s not really the point. Erode the Person is forty minutes of punch-you-in-the-reproductive-organs sludge with no apologies offered. There are albums to put on when you want that warm and fuzzy, and then there’s those you throw on when you want to say, “Fuck the world,” and drive an armor-plated tank straight out of Road Warrior down the interstate, pancaking compact cars like insignificant road kill. This is the latter. And you have to hand it to them: Noothgrush seem to have a knack for making you feel just as pissed off as they are.

“Others may hate you.
But those who hate you don’t win…
…Unless you hate them.
And, then, you destroy yourself.”




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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012



16126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, rules.

Hep Kat
February 3rd 2012



14026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nooooothgruuuuush m/

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eternium
February 3rd 2012



16212 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very nice.

cvlts
February 3rd 2012



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't believe this hasn't been reviewed yet

saw these guys and winter at power of the riff and they leveled everything

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ShadowRemains
February 3rd 2012



19445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

monstrous album right hurrr

CaptainDooRight
February 3rd 2012



26549 Comments


Keep seeing Tooth Crush, but good rev.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012



17372 Comments


grushin hard m/

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ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012



1237 Comments


neg

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012



17372 Comments


raven dont be fucking gay

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2012



16126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anus still sore?

MO
February 3rd 2012



17382 Comments


good shit bro

"it was only a matter of times"

you know what to do

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ShadowRemains
February 3rd 2012



19445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol valerius troll negging

clearly angel has gotten under his skin

rasputin
February 3rd 2012



14504 Comments


classic sludge

taylormemer
February 3rd 2012



4887 Comments


What kind of band releases an album and a comp with the same title? Jeez. What is the world coming to

Wizard
February 3rd 2012



18789 Comments


Need to hear this!

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rasputin
February 3rd 2012



14504 Comments


lol

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012



1237 Comments


album is pretty good angel. rating is accurate. not a huge sludge fan but yeah this is 3.5 - 4, wasnt a bad listen to me

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 3rd 2012



1237 Comments


ill pos so you dont cry

seedofnothing
February 3rd 2012



3425 Comments


Just finished 3 tracks. Sounds good. I can see this being about a 3.5. I'm not really in the mood for doom right now as I've binged so hard these last couple of weeks, but I'll def put this in layaway when the urge resurfaces.

rasputin
February 3rd 2012



14504 Comments


though it's probably a silly comparison seeing as they have much more material, I think Grief are a lot better than Noothgrush. this is still great though.



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