A full on grindcore attack, Fear is a ten track 7'' EP by Atlanta-based grincore act Dead in the Dirt. As the reader will probably have figured out, the tracks have to be pretty short for there to be ten of them on such a release, and with the longest track being only 1:50 minutes long, Dead in the Dirt certainly observes one of the central conventions of grindcore music - namely, short and intense songs.
And 'intensity' is a pretty good predicate for this release. With bursts of blastbeats and the same type of d-beat punk inspired riffage that Napalm Death incorporate into their music, the ten tunes on the EP are fast and furious. On top of this, add downtuned sludgy guitars that are distorted to the nth level and accompanied by screamed vocals, all unneatly packaged in raw and fuzzy production.
You get the picture: intense and noisy grindcore. And the song length is just perfect for this type of music, while there are some microsongs, most of the tracks are long enough for the listener to actually get into them and rock along, but they are never too long for their own good, and the intensity is retained throughout.
Fear is an intense release and a collection of fast and furious high octane perfectly time grindcore tunes - recommended to the critical listener who prefers quality grindcore.
1. The Screaming Wind
2. Bastards of the Bleak
4. Two Flames
5. Burden of Life
6. Can They Suffer
7. Biting at the Binds
8. Sever the Tie
9. Skin Graft