The Sawtooth Grin
Good.


4.0
excellent

Review

by M. Worden CONTRIBUTOR (117 Reviews)
November 13th, 2022 | 68 replies


Release Date: 10/31/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: See title.

If The Sawtooth Grin were known for anything, it was how tightly they traversed the boundary between listenable, albeit cacophonic grind and dear-God-make-it-stop, nails-on-chalkboard brutality. Shrill vocals paraded in front of a barely decipherable wall of static-laden guitars, concocting a brand of grind music that had a distinct devil-may-care attitude to it. Past their initial breakup and over a decade of relative inactivity to 2022—a sizable divide of nearly twenty years since any previous works hit the scene—and nothing has drastically changed about the project’s base premise; they still liberally tease cohesiveness while frantically performing instrumental acrobatics to generate a dizzying, suffocating experience. It’s the ideal marriage of grind’s impossible pacing and mathcore’s predilection for abrasive, serpentine guitars. Although the lineup has changed over the period of the band’s absence, sophomore album Good is an aptly-named reunion due to being, well, quite good indeed, and also bridging the gap between the group’s beginning and their modern incarnation. This feels both as a logical next step for the collective and a robust reaffirmation of their prior glory.

To those new to the fold, expect mathiness, general insanity, a need to search for earplugs (in an oddly positive way!) and very technical musicianship. To those returning, the greatest plus and minus for The Sawtooth Grin is their newfound clarity in terms of production; while still vicious, Good is not nearly as chaotically incoherent as Cuddlemonster. This can also be owed to the melodic edge applied to the record, allowing songs to become distinguishable and to feature their own individual highpoints. All that makes The Sawtooth Grin click is on display in “Niagara Falls, Frankie Angel,” with a central guitar riff navigating the song through its outbursts of shrieking vocals and blistering intensity. DJ Scully’s bass—a massively entertaining performance throughout the record—dances in the forefront of the mix, blending into the pulverizing lead or overtaking it to strut its own brand of bedlam, flaunting its jangling tone as the track twists and turns at breakneck speeds. Check into “The Shining Wire” for another delicious inclusion of melodic tones, incorporating several dynamic shifts between heaviness and calm that are held together by the slimmest of strings. It could all come tumbling down if a chord is one nanosecond off time—and that’s just the beauty of it.

There’s a variance on display during Good that acts to elevate it beyond what The Sawtooth Grin accomplish in their original iteration. The general songwriting chops of the band are demonstrably improved, ranging from the perfected transitions—the way “Bedtime” collapse into its bass-boosted breakdown is magnificent to behold—to the progression of “Afterlife Kids,” what with its clean break and playful vocals building up momentum for a frantic climax. Despite its brief duration, every track included on Good explores a considerable amount of ground, racing through bouncing rhythms, melodic pinnacles, and a percussion kit that sounds as if it were piloted by an octopus. Rich Lombardi’s manic voice remains omnipresent, showing no signs of wear as it contorts inside the unpredictable innards of the record. The entire package perfectly fits inside a release cycle that has featured some of the strongest grindcore in a hot minute, with multiple groups demonstrating a technical ability and knack for memorability not often observed. It’s all the more impressive that The Sawtooth Grin are capable of being in such a conversation while being inactive for a long stretch of time. The 23-minute ride ofGood is an ideal shot of adrenaline to the senses and worthy of being in grind’s upper echelon in this excellent calendar year.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2022


16718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Smol album, smol review



Check it out: https://sawtoothgrin.bandcamp.com/album/good



Let me know what y'all think!

SlothcoreSam
November 13th 2022


5001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album was Good.

foxblood
November 13th 2022


10918 Comments


oh nice

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2022


16718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent, even.

SlothcoreSam
November 13th 2022


5001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah as a rating it was excellent, but it is Good.



It still isn't streaming on Australian Spotify.

Mort.
November 13th 2022


20818 Comments


not streaming on spotify in the uk yet either

gave it a listen the other day tho and it was good stuff

nothing topped 'please shit all over me, i love it' tho

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2022


16718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All I'm hearing is U.S. is superior tbh

demigod!
November 13th 2022


49500 Comments


whoa they back

VlacDrac
November 13th 2022


1568 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review.

Iamthe Nightstars
November 13th 2022


2945 Comments


Was not expecting to hear new music from this band again. Definitely curious.

Calc
November 13th 2022


16989 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

there's a part of me that wishes this were longer, but a bigger part thinking the length is probably perfect.

Iamthe Nightstars
November 13th 2022


2945 Comments


...that's what she said

Rawmeeth38
November 13th 2022


2354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good shit right here

Get Low
November 14th 2022


13120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll check it when it hits Spotify. I never thought this band would release anything again.

VlacDrac
November 14th 2022


1568 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You can listen to this album on YT as we speak.

Get Low
November 14th 2022


13120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll pass but thanks.

VlacDrac
November 14th 2022


1568 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

LMAO

Get Low
November 14th 2022


13120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

L M A O

Kusangii
November 14th 2022


4549 Comments


I'm gonna assume that this album is Good.

Rawmeeth38
November 14th 2022


2354 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I’ve listened on yt a few times already. Wish it was on Spotify



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