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Elitist: Fear in a Handful of Dust

With their roots in the hardcore scene, Elitist have drunk deep of death, black, sludge, stoner, crust, grind, and all other decaying and extreme genres to produce their debut,'Fear in a Handful of Dust. Unapologetically sloppy, hostile, and narcotic, this album is a middle-finger salute to anyone or anything that proclaims authority over anyone or anything. The chaotic structures, enveloped with feedback and noise, are a relentless bombardment of frenzied drumming, sluggish and distorted riffs, and vomited salvos. Unremittingly vicious, angry and revolted, Elitist's songs move from wading-in-wet-cement doomy diatribes to tracks that compress their hardcore/grind influences into seething slabs of bile. This black and white approach to song writing means that the songs can be monotonous. Because they never let up can be the only criticism that can be fired this way. But in attacking hypocrisy in all its ignominious forms whether religious, governmental or just plain head-down herd mentality if you don't feel something when listening to this, you're already dead. If you do feel anything, whether blind bewilderment at what has befallen or utter relief that the deceits that surround so many bands professing to be the envoys of truth are here torn apart, then be prepared. Remorseless, nihilistic, and unsympathetic, you have no choice but to react to this. Fight or flight, the choice is yours.

Track Listing:
1. Burning The Unspoken Gospel
2. Cult Malevolence
3. Ivory Shavings of the Tools Unknown
4. Black Wool
5. Watch As They Worship, Yet Be Silent
6. Slowly Fucked And Force Fed
7. A Howling Wind
8. Human All Too Human
9. Bound and Bent
10. Toothless and Yawning
11. Tower of Meth

Added: November 2nd 2011
Reviewer: Jason Guest
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 3162
Language: english

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Elitist: Fear in a Handful of Dust
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-02 16:56:24
My Score:

With their debut album, American extreme metal act Elitist proves right off the bat that they mean business. And by business, I mean absolutely filthy, sludgy, and pissed off old school death metal. Fear in a Handful of Dust is thirty-four minutes of feedback-laden, angst-ridden extreme metal that should undoubtedly satisfy anybody with a craving for hardcore-infused death metal. Elitist's brand of sludgy death metal may not rub off as particularly memorable in the eyes of this reviewer, but the sheer amount of energy shown on this debut can only promise for better things to come.

While not all that groundbreaking in the grand scheme of things, Fear in a Handful of Dust is still actually a pretty unique debut effort. Elitist's blend of death metal, hardcore punk, sludge metal, grindcore, and doom metal definitely isn't something you hear every day, and I have a great appreciation for bands like this who show such a level of ambition this early on in their careers. Fear in a Handful of Dust is not flawless, though, and it's biggest letdown is unfortunately in the songwriting department. Elitist simply haven't yet developed the skills to write memorable and compelling riffs, but I can only hope that it's something that will come in time.

Fear in a Handful of Dust is an ambitious debut to be sure, but it lacks enough memorable compositions to be worth more than a passive recommendation from me. Still, those who enjoy hardcore-influenced death metal with a strong emphasis on raw production qualities and sludgy atmospheres should plenty to love here. I'd say 3 stars are well-deserved for this debut, and I'll be keeping an eye on this promising young act in the coming years.

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