Musically speaking, this new release from Ontario's own Glasgow Grin is pretty solid stuff, a mix of death & black metal with a healthy dose of grind. There are ten tracks in total on Saints of the Greatest Sin (Year of the Sun Records), and it's pretty pummeling from start to finish, brutal riffs that border on the technical at times coupled with jackhammer drum & bass work make for some crushing fare. Problem is, vocalist Jordan Shortt is sure to be an acquired taste for many listeners. This guy can mix in a plethora of styles, such as deep growls, grunts, black metal screeching, and pure, evil grindcore screams. The latter fills up the majority of the CD, and gets quite grating and annoying after a while. On the closing track "...And Then There Was Nothing" he actually throws everything at you, and the results are quite good, but when he decides to just scream for 3 minutes at a clip, he drowns out the excellent riffage and arragements from the rest of the band and it takes the listener's focus away from the actual song. Sonically though, this is a good sounding CD, mastered by Jamie King, who has worked with quite a few metal bands of late, and there's a dark and aggressive vibe that's hard to ignore. So, if you don't mind this sort of brutal, maniacal vocal delivery, you'll find some solid extreme metal here for sure. Plus the fact that this is a concept album should intrigue many of you as well.
1. Rage Replaces Reason
2. Hole Replaces Face
7. The Terminal
9. Last Rites
10. ...And Then There Was Nothing