Originally released in 2000 as Squash Bowels' debut album (they had appeared on a host of splits, demos and EPs), Tnyribal will be reissued later this month, and I am sure that this is great news to grindcore fans, as the album has been somewhat of a difficult-to-obtain rarity.
There are six tracks on the album, each of which is actually a collection of microsongs. Most of the tunes on this album are intense blastbeating bursts of brutality performed on downtuned guitars and a frenzied blend of screams, growls and processed vocals, which cleverly utilize the stereo effects of modern recording technology. True to the genre of grindcore, the blasting and upbeat parts are combined with crushingly heavy and groovy passages, some of which are actually very nice.
Grindcore can be very interesting because of its sheer intensity, but a lot of grindcore also tends to become monotonous in the long run, and – while there are lots of cool breakdowns and heavy riffs on this release – that also applies to Tnyribal. However, amidst the flurry of blasting grindcore tunes, almost avant-garde and soundscape-like experiments with sound pop up, many of which are dark and spooky in nature, and these are actually quite interesting.
Grindcore fans will probably love this release because of its intensity and brutality, and if you do not mind your grindcore accompanied by sonic experiments, then go out and buy this release. I do not think, however, that it will appeal at all to people who are not into extreme metal, and who are not interested in having their perceptions of music challenged.
1. Stranger Mind
2. Dark Corridors
3. Zema Inpa
4. Zonhori Nteve
5. Bad Sector
6. Black Thing