Subvert the Dominant Paradigm
Available February 1, 2011
FFO: Phobia, Capitalist Casualties, Botch, Napalm Death
New Mexico’s favorite grinding sons, Noisear are dropping their highly anticipated Relapse Records debut, Subvert the Dominant Paradigm, which features 30 new blistering tracks available February 1, 2011. Subvert the Dominant Paradigm is a solid grind offering through and through. The band has not jumped on the overly-produced bandwagon many of their grind contemporaries are riding that often leaves many extreme-metal aficionados with something to be desired. Like fine China collectors who want their plates to come with tiny imperfections that prove it was hand-crafted, grind fans often want a natural, human-sounding album, as opposed to the Pro-tools computer makeover that many bands and studios now rely on. With this forthcoming release, the band is throwing back to the glory days of grind and dbeat of the early 90’s and joining a blossoming resurgence of grind with likes of Phobia, Magrudergrind, and Kill The Client who have all been active over the last year with compelling new releases. This is not to say that the album is lacking in production quality, but rather, Subvert the Dominant Paradigm sees Noisear executing a wide array of extreme metal angles, offering spastic and explosive riffs that flash from grind, dbeat punk, and death metal in the blink of an eye.
Singer Alex Lucero with the help of backing vocals from guitarist Dorian Rainwater and bassist Joe Tapia, deliver an intriguing mix of high-end, mid-range, and sub-level guttural attacks that is as unpredictable as the music. They even offer song “Almas Por El Infierno” in Spanish, which translates into “Souls of Hell.” This track certainly brings to mind Death Metal super-group, Brujeria who released some fierce metal works throughout the 90s. Nice touch.
Standout tracks include “Waiting to be Born,” “Gestapolis,” “Life Consumed You,” “Fraudulent,” and “The Alternative Is..,” which all bring some unique grind and extreme metal elements to the table. In “Waiting to be Born,” we hear guitarists Thomas Romero and Rainwater offer poignant and attitudinal riffs with some mind bending note and chord choices that bring to mind American Nervoso-era Botch and their clever mathy grind offerings. “Gestapolis” shifts gears into some Swedish-influenced Dbeat that transcends into insane blast beats and ear-shredding pinch notes and squeals that will have you ducking for cover. In “Fraudulent,” we hear Noisear slow it down the pace slightly with a track reminiscent of Harmony Corruption-era Napalm Death with unique chord structures over driving double-bass and a low guttural vocal attack that could even be compared to early Bolt Thrower classics.
Apart from the similarities with many of grind and death metal’s mainstays, each of these tracks offers unique elements of sharply timed guitar and drum accents that pull from some of the most extreme elements of punk, grind, and metal while at-once becoming their own niche sound. With “The Alternative Is..” we see Noisear once again offer some crushing dbeat with the unique guitar approach of having one guitar maintain the low-end choppy goodness, while the second guitar accents the low-end of Joe Tapia‘s bass licks with high-end attacks that combine some interesting chord structures sure to perk the ears of even the most picky grind enthusiasts. With track “Life Consumed You,” Noisear offer fans a little bit of everything, from blisteringly fast blast beats, insane fills and guitar slides, and even a tasty guitar solo. Throughout the album’s entirety, drummer Bryan Fajardo (Kill The Client / Phobia) absolutely crushes. And in our upcoming interview with band, we are going to want to know what kind of cereal this guy eats in the morning. Having recorded new albums with Phobia and Kill The Client over the last year, in addition to this newest offering from Noisear, Fajardo ain’t sleepin’ until the grind takeover is complete.
Subvert the Dominant Paradigm is yet another solid offering, proving the grind Renaissance is alive and well. Lets hope it continues.
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