Grandmother
Family Time


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
March 24th, 2012 | 116 replies | 6,020 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The grandmother from Paranormal Activity 3, if you were wondering. Or perhaps the old lady from Legion, as it were. Actually it's just First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Another reason to love Bandcamp down to the very code, Grandmother are a self-tagged "sludge violence" band from Perth, WA, Australia. The adjunct selection of evil words chained together at the bottom of their page sums up their intent nicely, although does little justice to the actual content.

À la Boris on Pink, Grandmother separates burbling angry songs with the occasional staticky droning crevasse of a track, the opening title track included. These interludes aren't the brick-heavy drop-a-chord drone one would expect from Sunn O))), but forays into mucky swamps of black noise. I say black noise, of course, as a play on white noise, and not a pathetic attempt to categorize the frosty racket WOLD spews forth.

Amidst the nasty feedback-laden lies the most feedback-laden noise-punk sludge-grind ever to emerge from down under. Grandmother's amalgam of dirty drone and catchy crud-riffs comes off as either an exhausted Melvins fronted by an asthmatic Matt Pike, or a stoned, middle-aged and bearded Converge flailing groggily about in an alleyway. One might think such rage would have production value like the inside of a mudskipper womb, but the sound, despite being filthy, is actually quite clear. Seems a paradox, but the punxy riffs are distinguished and the barrel-throated vocals audible if not lucid, saving Grandmother from becoming another slimy amorphous mass.

The abyssal drone has introspective qualities, narrowly avoiding crashing into the slimy brick wall of stagnance, while the riffs are hookier than the rusty contents of an old toolshed. It's grind! It's punk! it's sludge! It's noise! Nay, it's Grandmother! And Family Time is a blend of all things putrid, but squeegied off just enough to be palatable.

Note: Grandmother is partially the product of Sputniker rasputin.



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ThyCrossAwaits
March 24th 2012



3043 Comments


3.5 for the album, 4.0 boost for NOT sounding like Converge.

P.S. sup rasp

EDIT: http://grandmotherband.bandcamp.com

Linkage for err'body.

rasputin
March 24th 2012



14516 Comments


siiiiiiiick

rasputin
March 24th 2012



14516 Comments


other possible records for the recommended bit:

Hatred Surge - Deconstruct
Mind Eraser - Glacial Reign
His Hero is Gone - Monuments to Thieves
Grief - Come to Grief

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 24th 2012



3743 Comments


incredible album art

Captain North
March 24th 2012



6779 Comments


Rasputin aye, does this mean good lyrics?

rasputin
March 24th 2012



14516 Comments


haha I tried basing some of the lyrics on my poetry but it just didn't work

a lot of the lyrics here were written on the fly, with very general and vague themes

the next release we're working on will be a conceptual EP, at least lyrically, I'm going to be extra meticulous with those lyrics

Ire
March 24th 2012



41747 Comments


5/5

Tyrael
March 24th 2012



20728 Comments


This is really good

nice review too

synysterdjs
March 24th 2012



101 Comments


Great review. Reppin' Perth!

synysterdjs
March 24th 2012



101 Comments


"a lot of the lyrics here were written on the fly, with very general and vague themes"

Same goes for song titles? (Hungry Jacks I and II) :P

Itwasthatwas
March 24th 2012



762 Comments


Rules, gonna support the cause and order a tape off you when they're available rasp

kitsch
March 24th 2012



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

roolz

rasputin
March 24th 2012



14516 Comments


Fuk u

rasputin
March 24th 2012



14516 Comments


Synester, hungry jacks is about feeling buried alive and frustrated coz HJs isn't 24/7

Maniac!
March 24th 2012



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry Rasp, looks like got beat to it.

chambered69
March 24th 2012



1253 Comments


i want this so bad look at that cover

rasputin
March 24th 2012



14516 Comments


cheers for all the kind words duders

deathofasalesman
March 24th 2012



5810 Comments


Album art alongside the tag "sludge violence" is the perfect combo. Will listen.

Nikkolae
March 25th 2012



4767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i found this a couple days ago but i had no idea this was your band rasp, sick stuff brothur

Digging: We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed at Pecket's Well

rasputin
March 25th 2012



14516 Comments


Where did you find it? Must've been through my blog or something, though living doorway blog reviewed it too. Cheers duder



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