Review Summary: It's noisey. It's melodic. It's fast. It's slow. It's everything you could want from grindcore and more; all in under 17 minutes.
What makes a band like Fu
ck the Facts so interesting to listen to is that they have consistently had the ability to play grindcore in some of the least grindcore ways possible. They skirt the line, using just enough of the classic genre stereotypes to cement themselves within the genre, yet throwing enough outside influence to always have you second guessing where they might be heading. You could almost call them progressive grindcore if that wasn’t such a pretentious and ungrindcore sounding term.
The Amer EP
is no different. The band mostly sticks to the typical, lightning-fast pace of grindcore but fuse it with slower, almost doomy passages, as showcased right from the start on "Une triste vue", and all sorts of other metallic nuances. They do all this while keeping the essence of the genre in mind at all times – intensity. Even during the melodic break that is "A Void", that same intensity can be felt in the powerful vocal performance of Marc Bourgon although it is almost absent for the music itself.
Even though the band’s lineup may have changed repeatedly during their span of existence, founding member and guitarist, Topon Das, has clearly kept a fine eye on the band’s direction and progress as they manage to sound like a band that has been playing together for ages. Vocalists Melanie Mongeon and Marc Bourgon trade off quick vocal segments that compliment the frenetic music while the instruments weave in and out of each other taking turns at being the leaders of the chaos beneath. Whether it be the opening drum fill that kicks off the album, the melodic shredding that overtakes "Vent du nord" or the groovy rhythms of "L’enclume et le marteau", each member is utilised to breaking point on this short 16 minute EP.
The album ends just as you’d expect, with an unexpected melodic track on steroids (I won’t ruin the surprise any more than that), serving as an effective comedown to the intensity that preceded, whilst totally fitting in with the mood of the EP and reminding the listener one last time that Fu
ck the Facts are truly an unpredictable force in the genre. If there is one sure fire thing that can be said about these guys, it’s that they are unlikely to disappoint.