Bea5t
Empathy Is a Gift


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR (135 Reviews)
February 1st, 2016 | 134 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Newsflash: Craig Owens is a beast.

Craig Owens is probably the last person I would have expected to release a grindcore EP; "never judge a book by its cover" as the adage goes. Best known as the front man of scene darlings Chiodos, Owens has contributed to a myriad of 'mildly' heavy post-hardcore projects over the years (D.R.U.G.S. The Sound of Animals Fighting, etc...), but few would have ever expected to hear a performance as visceral as the one on 'Empathy Is A Gift' coming from a man known for his whining croons more than anything else. Recorded in a bedroom session last summer by himself and friend named Hiram, this grindcore project dubbed Bea5t, has just dropped one of the most surprising yet satisfying hardcore releases of the year thus far.

Sharing in a recent interview that some of his favorite bands growing-up were Ed Gein, The Locust, Converge, and Botch, once you swallow the pill that this is indeed a Craig Owens fronted project, it's no shock that Bea5t sounds like a modern amalgam of all these projects. From the throat-shredding Jacob Bannon-esque squeal that opens up premiere track "Werewolves, Not Swearwolves" to the Botch-inspired calamity that manifests itself in the majority of the music's discordance, you can clearly hear the spirit of these bands residing in Bea5t ferocious onslaught, without it ever feeling like a lesser derivative of its influences. All in all, it is a relatively straightforward grindcore release (well, as straightforward as grindcore can be anyway) but thanks to its brevity (four-songs in seven minutes) and all around quality, it's a release that begs for repeated rotation.

“We just wanted to make an album because it felt good -- not for money, not for fame -- but because we love music, and making art is cool." says Owens about the release. Throughout all the screams and punishing breakdowns, the fun he had recording Empathy Is A Gift is obvious; the honesty and levity felt throughout makes the EP that much more enjoyable. It's downright awesome to see a musician of Owens stature forgoing everything that has made him a household name for a project built on a foundation of pure, music-loving passion. In turn, Empathy Is A Gift is equally as awesome, and well worth a listen or twelve.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2016


22247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a big Craig Owens fan but this is great. Brief review for a brief release.

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2016


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh you wanker i was gonna review this no point now get fucked you absolute monster

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2016


22247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

POST IT ANYWAY. You're more into hardcore-ish projects than I am so I would love to see what you have to say about it.

JWT155
February 1st 2016


13613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This EP is a banger for sure.

jesterhead92
February 1st 2016


3503 Comments


Where the hell did this come from and why is it so good

JWT155
February 1st 2016


13613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's so good because they did it without the notion of trying to sell records.

jesterhead92
February 1st 2016


3503 Comments


Where the hell did this come from and why is it so good

JigglyPDiddy
February 1st 2016


3238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's pretty fucking insane.

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dbizzles
February 1st 2016


10576 Comments


Digging this. I always like grindcore and its brevity when I hear it, but never seem to consistently come back to it. This was a pleasure.

Sinternet
February 1st 2016


15081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

tight

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Satellite
February 1st 2016


25690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i smoke too much weed to listen to grindcore on a regular basis

Oceandrowned
February 1st 2016


768 Comments


you are smoking a bad weed then. i can tolerate sachikom bar while high on good weed, or super under-produced distorted garage black metal. Grindcore is a cakewalk compared to such stuff.

JigglyPDiddy
February 1st 2016


3238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A single bad weed. A damn shame. Owens should stick to vegancore. Eff yeah.

MyNameIsPencil
February 1st 2016


4949 Comments


Choidos fucking blows
but this is alright

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SnakeDelilah
February 1st 2016


20006 Comments


chode-os

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Satellite
February 1st 2016


25690 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nah my dude has a good weed

JigglyPDiddy
February 1st 2016


3238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's good to have good weed and a side of good grind.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2016


13356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

never listen to grind when im high tbh id find that weird

Mobious1
February 1st 2016


18 Comments


That Botch rec. is so wrong though lqtm

XingKing
February 1st 2016


12561 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This isn't like Botch or Converge at all, seconding your lol.



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