Gripe
In His Image


4.0
excellent

Review

by Scott Murphy USER (14 Reviews)
January 10th, 2014 | 4 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Filth at its finest.

It’s truly a damn shame that In His Image is Gripe’s swansong. On the plus side, however, that swan is more like a tar and feathered PCP addict reaping his revenge upon the townspeople who had him stricken with the colonial torture tactic. Indeed, the Georgia grindcore band’s infusion of the filthiest subgenres found in extreme metal sounds just as gruesome recorded as it does on their Bandcamp’s “tags” section.

Not much else can be expected from a band whose vinyl color of choice is entitled “dead cop” (aka blue with red splatter). And although it would be nice if the band’s apparently politically charged lyrics were decipherable, track titles (“7 Billion Reasons Not to Reproduce,” “Save a Life, Kill a Cop,” “Assisted Genocide,” etc.) and musical ferocity paint a fairly vivid picture by themselves. The eighteen tracks on In His Image absolutely roar by in a flurry of crusty guitars dripping with grime, drums with no BPM limit and vocals possessed by something from the lower seven levels.

If Gripe were continuing as a band, it would be worth nothing that future records should focus on that roar being a little less of a blur. Certainly, moments on In His Image do stick out, such as the old-school death metal intro of “Sick ***,” the thick, hypnotic riff towards the end of “Cotton Fever” and the sludgy closing on “Snowden.” But In His Image is largely an album best experienced as a whole, violent experience; the focus on catchy song ideas that bands like Pig Destroyer and Nails have is not something shared by Gripe. These bands are of course not approaching the genre in the same way, but memorability is a virtue which every style of music can benefit from.

Still, In His Image is an immediately appealing album for any fan of minute-long sonic pummelings. It’s unlikely that another album will surface from Gripe, but at least they’ve left the genre with a quality release to commence a hopefully brutal year in extreme music.



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Mort.
January 10th 2014


3823 Comments


downloaded this like 2 days ago, looking forward to checking it now. good review

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Multifarious
January 10th 2014


97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MortimusPrime: Thanks a lot, I'm looking forward to pre-ordering the vinyl myself.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2014


6208 Comments


The album is streaming here - http://www.npr.org/2014/01/05/255251011/first-listen-gripe-in-his-image


Good review, pos.

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Raz0rGrind23
February 5th 2014


423 Comments


This is Fantastic! Thanks for introducing me to these guys. Where'can I get this album oin vinyl or even a download? Pos!



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