Death Toll 80k
Harsh Realities


5.0
classic

Review

by Shiduba USER (2 Reviews)
February 18th, 2012 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This kills everything.

Death Toll 80k is a finnish grindcore band, who land on the more old-school side of grind, with huge Napalm Death influence. Harsh Realities is their debut album, and oh man what kind of an album it is. This 25-minute record includes 23 neckbreaking grindcore masterpieces, and it definitely gives From Enslavement to Obliteration a very good challenger for my favorite grindcore album ever.

What we have here is pure nonstop grind madness. Subtlety is a word unknown for DT80k, the riffs are the main point almost all the time and they are all completely in-your-face. If you're a beginner in grindcore, this might be exhausting, but the album lasts just the right time and despite the sameness in all the songs it's not boring at all, because it's incredibly well done. There is not a trace of modern influence here. Blistering grindcore riffs, lethal blastbeats and completely unintelligible, hatred-fueled vocals fill the album with a very intense and war-like atmosphere. The cover artwork definitely fits with the imagery this record brings to the mind.

The lyrics are pretty much what you expect for grindcore, preaching about all kinds of negative things. For example, here are the lyrics of Bleak.

No strength to wake up
All life seems too pointless
Another day another struggle
Life lost all meaning
No sign of improvement
No hope of anything better
No will to survive

Reading the lyrics makes listening to the album a bit more annoying, as I'm pretty sure they did not try pronouncing a single word, so it's better to just let the wall of noise hit your eardrums and not think about it too hard.

Aside from this little problem, there just are no flaws in Harsh Realities, and I think it may be the best grind album of the 2000s. Just put the record in (or mp3 files or whatever you happen to have at your hand) and let the aural madness hit you like a freight train.


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Shiduba
February 18th 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The LP I have has different artwork from the one which is here, I wonder if that's the CD artwork? The album I have looks like this: http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/images/covers/death-toll-80k-harsh-realities-20111228004655.jpg

foreverjohndeered
February 18th 2012


897 Comments


me too

ApplicationToHeaven
February 18th 2012


1561 Comments


this is good

Hikikomori
February 18th 2012


48 Comments


mmm yes, this rules. been waiting for a review of this. solid.

Imperial
February 22nd 2012


1730 Comments


Fuck this is so heaaaaaavyyyyyy I want to crawl into the fetal position and take a shit.

Shiduba
February 22nd 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well thank you, english is my third language and this is my second review so far, so you won't find any literary genius here. All I wanted to do was inform people that this album exists and it's worth a listen :D

ApplicationToHeaven
February 22nd 2012


1561 Comments


nice guy

ZedO
March 15th 2012


1096 Comments


Well thank you, english is my third language and this is my second review so far, so you won't find
any literary genius here. All I wanted to do was inform people that this album exists and it's worth a
listen


keep bringing us any unfamiliar good album to this site, dude! just keep posting review, don't worry
about language barrier, i myself same with you, english isn't my first language........

Imperial
May 13th 2012


1730 Comments


I liked the vox, got any recs Riff?

Imperial
May 13th 2012


1730 Comments


THANKS MAN I WILL LISTEN TO ALL OF THESE.

Shiduba
May 13th 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listen to some more Finnish grindcore! Here are some great albums.

GAF - Cultivate Disdain
Spawn From Deceit - At Least We Did Care
Slash Dementia - Race Against the Machine
Psykoanalyysi - Kivitys EP
Nistikko - Hävitys

There's also Cut to Fit - Havoc Supreme which is a badass album but not officially released yet, when it's released I will most likely write a review for it, so keep that in mind. Their previous album (Babylon Burns) is not bad though.

If you can't find these albums hit me up, because most of these bands share them free anyways.

Shiduba
May 13th 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Feastem is also badass, their drummer is fucking insane.

eternium
July 7th 2012


16338 Comments


Holy shit this rules.

eternium
July 7th 2012


16338 Comments


There's no way that you don't enjoy this.

eternium
July 7th 2012


16338 Comments


It's not very original but it does the job well. A few songs change it up.

Shiduba
July 8th 2012


424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Riff, if you don't like it you may as well go listen to your original entertaining grind with brand
new exciting raw-as-fuck riffs. DT80k's riffs may be very simple but they are violent as fuck and
catchy at the same time, which is exactly what I love about grindcore. Also, this is the only grind
record where the longest songs might just be my favorites. No Escape and Empty Pose are so fucking
good.



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