'Eyesore is a nice little five song EP from Nostromo, a four-piece outfit based out of Geneva, Switzerland. The band specializes in a cool, old-meets-new Death/Grind/Hardcore, in the vein of Napalm Death or Pig Destroyer. However, this band comes to bat with a bit less speed than the former and a bit more groove than the latter, and a taste of technicality thrown in for good measure. This album sounds almost like it could have been part of the Earache catalog back in '89, but the dose of Dillinger-esque tech riffs found within these songs set it apart.
It is a must for bands of this genre to be ultra-tight and proficient, and the musicians of Nostromo are just that. Vocalist Javier is more on the screamy Hardcore side of things, rather than using a Grindcore screech or a Death Metally growl. Drummer Maik is solid and tough, his double bass skills are extraordinary, and his blast beats are clean and wonderful. Check out his prowess on the opening track, "Epitomize". Not to be outdone, lone guitarist Jerome and bassist Lad provide excellent, twisting, Napalm-style riffs, and when that burst of speed or breakdown is needed, they are more than willing to oblige. On songs such as "Avoid The Truth", the band even incorporates some Meshuggah off-time riffs with their already feral Grind sound, and the result is an extremely dynamic yet constantly heavy concoction.
A very awesome (and accurate) cover of Napalm Death's pounding "Twist The Knife" completes the package and rounds out this short but sweet listening experience (though there is a strange, secret Spoken Techno (?) track after the end of the cd, which sounds very bizarre). This is yet another definite winner from Overcome Records, one of Europe's best up-and-coming labels. With Eyesore, Nostromo have certainly caught my interest, and I look forward to their next full-length release.'