Death Grips
Bottomless Pit


4.5
superb

Review

by MercuryToHell CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
May 7th, 2016 | 881 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The shape of punk to come. If they feel like it.

There are few more annoying feelings than having a grudging respect for an artist that doesn’t give a monkey’s about its audience. For example, when Axl Rose pops his latest diva strop amid a sea of expectation, it serves only to drive further nails into the coffin of the G’n’R reputation as there isn’t enough recent output to warrant it. Death Grips bounce carelessly on a similar tightrope, nonchalant as to whether or not they keep their balance. This attitude (and the ongoing cancelled shows, non-break-ups etc) has been frustrating for fans - who conversely ensure an almost perpetual wave of hype - and a justification for everyone else’s distaste.

who you think you are ***s like do you know who I am ***s fail to understand I'm like… ‘eh’

As with most Death Grips releases, where this record excels is in it’s ability to genuinely scare and unsettle. MC Ride almost works as the comic relief to Zach Hill’s schizophrenic slams and Flatlander’s wavy, messy, but surprisingly clean production. Ride’s lyrics are as paranoid and abstract as ever (who else could get away with the lyric 'I'll fuck you in half'"), but at this stage his delivery is what defines the sound. Not every bar here is violently scraped across his vocal cords - the moments of restraint are similarly important and altogether there is a tangible synergy between vocal and the truly insane range of instrumentation. There are actual hooks on offer here, and while this does not detract from the chaos, it makes it a lot more palatable and the album as a whole is their most structured since The Money Store.

falling out in tune out my grooves uhh warping all I do is lose my form I'm warping

Aggression is still very much a defining theme on this record, and both the opening and closing tracks (‘Giving Bad People Good Ideas’ and ‘Bottomless Pit’) are undeniably dirty punk rock tracks layered in distorted synths and confidently threatening vocals, and ‘Hot Head’ is the most unhinged cut on display here, throwing every noisy idea and motif at the wall and scraping the resulting splatter together. Releasing this track as the first single was undeniably Death Grips - it is one of the most bats*** insane tracks in their entire discography, let alone in comparison to the rest of this record…

blo blo blo blo oh no hot head clip a hundred doves like a bald head rasta raw no ***ing filter crooked needle hot head self inflicted

This is because, for the most part, Bottomless Pit keeps the madness in check, and serves up dirty, abrasive, but unmistakably pop-like ideas. ‘Eh’ is probably the closest Grips have ever come to a radio single, and while it is still a million miles away from gracing the airwaves, the calm delivery and techno-esque instrumentation is alarmingly…normal. Whether it’s the synth hooks, the predominantly 4/4 time signatures, or the majority of these tracks actually having recognisable choruses, it’s clear that the Death Grips of 2016 may actually have an interest in expanding their fan base. And for a record to be this left-field, chaotic, but still so accessible, there is a chance that Bottomless Pit does just that. Maybe world domination isn’t quite out of their reach just yet, assuming they’re still around in the coming days…



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MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2016


1255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First one in a while, been feeling a bit iffy about my writing and had a lot of other shit going on, but when I first heard this record it compelled me to say something.

Constructive feedback always appreciated - I know it's not my best work but I wanna get going again!

Anthracks
May 7th 2016


6060 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Government Plates on crack.

Digging: Anima Damnata - Nefarious Seed...

BonJobey
May 7th 2016


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brilliant album, I'm surprised at how catchy a lot of this ended up being.



Favourite tracks are Good Ideas, Warping, 80808 and Bottomless Pit.

MalleusMaleficarum
May 7th 2016


16157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I see you fiending marvelous



gag til i'm all drenched



gagballs drooling pools 'cause



this pits bottomless

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2016


8453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

easily their best since No Love Deep Web

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland

rabidfish
May 7th 2016


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agree on it being their most structured since TMS... t/t rips hard, best final track to date.

Supercoolguy64
May 7th 2016


8055 Comments


AND BRING MY CASH BACK YOU BROKE ASS BITCH

TheMrAlexK
May 7th 2016


8777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'LL FUCK YOU IN HALF

ParanoidAndroid96
May 7th 2016


1390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album has some peak MC ride performances

MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2016


1255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've always only been able to handle Ride in relatively short bursts up to now but the control he has over his volume from track to track here means I can easily listen to it in full repeatedly - haven't been able to do that since Money Store...

Zamora
May 7th 2016


325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I find this to be their most accessible.

Gyromania
May 7th 2016


23487 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This will prob suck like 90% of their other stuff

MalleusMaleficarum
May 7th 2016


16157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bait comment of the year congrats youre awesome

daIceman
May 7th 2016


426 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Most eary hooks are still "BB poison" and "Spikes" ... :D When I heard spikes for first time I almost shit myself :D

daIceman
May 7th 2016


426 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Gyromania



Glad you gave it 1.0 before you even heard it !! Pure logic :D

MalleusMaleficarum
May 7th 2016


16157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love how death grips always types out some of their lyrics wrong to fuck with us





aresx
May 7th 2016


339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SHIT IS FIRE

Zamora
May 7th 2016


325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best songs are 80808, Ring a Bell and Warping. Whole album's great tho

rabidfish
May 7th 2016


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

warping and bad people are the only 2 tracks that I think fell short a little... GBPGI sounded like an inferior version of Bottomless Pit and Warping I thought the hook was weak and the instrumental kind of flat.



The rest is fyre.

Zamora
May 7th 2016


325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Falling out in tune out my grooves, uhh warping

All I do is lose my form, I'm warping



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