'Circle Of Dead Children's first album; probably the release that people talk about the least from them. Although it's a really good release, it's easy to see how it gets lost in the shuffle, particularly when it was followed by 'Exotic Sense Decay', probably one of the most essential modern grind releases out there. This on the other hand is merely excellent music instead of the incredibly dense slab of micro-art they constructed with that later piece. It's easy to recommend to any grind fans, and in particular any Circle Of Dead Children fans; they're unmistakable for any other artist and possess a style all their own, even at this very early stage of their career.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of this album is that it probably has more open melody than any other Circle Of Dead Children release. Certainly the band employs fragmentary melody on their later material, but rarely engages in the fully melodic riffing that appears on songs here such as 'Return To Water'. The music is still spastic, violent, and unusual, but it seems less utterly esoteric than on releases such as 'Exotic Sense Decay', with a much greater sense of traditional songwriting. It's probably this band's easiest release for a non-grind fan to get into; there's nothing super abstract going on and the general aesthetic isn't as punishing as it is on later releases.
Of course, this is as much to the benefit of the album as it is its downfall. This is essentially Circle Of Dead Children playing 'normal' music, and while it's cool, it's for that very reason not as worthwhile as their more experimental releases. It has good songs and it's listenable, but I don't get the same feeling of experiencing something very unique with this record that I do with their other releases. As you can see, the band itself has somewhat doomed this early album to obscurity as it practically begs to be compared to more notable releases by the same artist. This is somewhat disappointing because it IS a good record; it's just easily overshadowed by its siblings from later on.
Per usual, all instruments are played impeccably and the production is clear if rather flat. I like listening to it (more than I ordinarily would since it's so short I don't really have to carve out much time to get the full experience), but in comparison to the rest of Circle Of Dead Children's work, it's merely good, not a necessary purchase. If you like solid grind, go pick it up, but otherwise you can pass since there are other, more important, and still immediately available items of theirs to acquire.'
'I imagine it'll require a bit of convincing to tell you about how a twelve-minute grindcore EP is a near-mandatory buy, but hear me out. This is beyond what we know as grindcore or death/grind or whatever label you want to put on it, as it possesses a level of intrinsic artistry in its construction that is hardly matched by many other musical compositions. You could call this 'atmospheric grindcore', but even that seems to omit something essential about it; doesn't capture the downward mental spiral of songs like '10 Fingers (My Last Ten Minutes)', doesn't give you the essence of emotional disintegration of a song like 'Pigeon Vs. Crow'.
Released merely a year after their debut LP 'Starving The Vultures', 'Exotic Sense Decay' represents a departure of sorts from Circle Of Dead Children's music. Not really in sound (though this record does seem a good deal darker and gloomier than their other releases), but more in construction; it feels more distinctly conceptual than their other works, yet in this regard murkier and more unclear. As loathe as I am to compare the band to Nine Inch Nails, this EP almost seems like a reinterpretation of 'The Downward Spiral', where it is the soundtrack to an emotional and spiritual disintegration within the character. Other material by Circle Of Dead Children is more external and societal in nature; here, all the conflict is placed squarely within itself.
«Rip and sew/rip and sew/rip and sew/put me back together». 'Exotic Sense Decay' is about finding the beast within yourself and the pain of being unable to reject it. «A wooden heart never bleeds/Yet inextricable thoughts still weave introspection». Lyrics are packed to the brim with rambling tales of self-destruction and alienation from the world at large, but unlike most grindcore, there's no strength or empowerment to be found in such things; instead, only coldness (in some ways making this a great deal more realistic towards the common man). Also unlike most, there's little misanthropy to be found here, replaced instead by wracking inner conflict and pain. A taste of it even slips out on the album cover itself: a human face distorted beyond all recognition, shredded apart and recomposed time and time again.
Instrumentally, the band is top-notch at carrying out such an atmosphere. The music is technical and ever-changing, yet has a distinctly 'loose' feel to its playing. Drums flitter chaotically between barely-held blasting and seemingly random fills, while guitars spin two or three-chord riffs with abruptly shifting melodies and textures or weaving epic tales through tremolo picking. All the instruments mesh and diverge in an organic matter, bound together only by the vocal performance of Joe Horvath (around a 60/40 split between mid-range rasps and deep, guttural growls), who acts as a tenuous rope that holds the rest of the band together. And perhaps such an arrangement is reflective of the EP as a whole: songs bleeding into each other with a reprieve of only brief noise or the sway of guitar feedback before battering into each other again like turkey vultures on the corpse of a woodland animal. The most cohesive track here is the (comparatively at nearly five minutes) epic '10 Fingers (My Last Ten Minutes)', which seems nearly musical compared to previous noise blasts like 'A Wooden Heart Never Bleeds' or the 'You Suffer' tributes of 'Wotton' and 'Grabbing N'.
There is a definite note of desperation to the proceedings: not unlike Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus' 'Simian Hybrid Prototype', the band seems hell-bent on saying something. But while the Clearwater band understood their message of apocalyptic revelation, this one seems to get confused within itself along the way, grasping for words they can't seem to find, growing exponentially in frenzy and damnable haste until all drifts away in the concluding ambient stretch of 'Scarecrow Trailer Park'. Fitting for a band titled after the grievous assassination of youth, no answers are given; just questions upon questions on the nature of the self. Through its obsessive ripping at the dark curtain that separates the conscious from the present-but-dormant reaches of the mind, Circle Of Dead Children has perhaps not revealed as much as discussed out eventual fate.
I suppose it's some consolation that someone's doing it.'
'This is one insane release! Probably one of the few bands which I actually call «brutal.» Low as hell guttural vocals, insane screaming, heavy bass/guitar and awesome drumming. Circle of Dead Children tells people that a grindcore band can be expiremental too. Most of the album isn't exactly speed on par with XXX Maniak (well they use a drum machine, but still…) or any really fast grindcore band but CODC show that speed isn't everything. Some parts are fast but not very fast. Then there are some parts that actually sound doomy and have an awesome feel to them. The slow parts are well placed and don't mess up the album's pace.
The fillers in the album, really throw the listener off track though. I found out as a CODC/grindcore fan that the fillers aren't really needed and are useless. Some bands may need breaks or pauses which actually go along with the album likes Blut aus Nord's The Work… If the fillers were cut out of the album, I think the album would still be very good. «From Eros to Thanotos» is probably the best filler just because it makes my head hurt.
One thing I also found out about CODC was how different the grindcore they make is to any other band out there making grindcore. CODC sound much more sophisticated and diverse. They're not exactly blast-beat lovers nor are they all about the attitude. Each song on this album is well executed with CODC's awesome formula to making songs (excluding fillers, obviously). Some songs even have a different feeling to them. «Extreme Cannibal Smoke» is a killer song, most of it is slow and then at times it breaks into a fast/brutal sound. Let me tell you the song «Beetoven's Children» probably has the most insane screams I have ever heard but besides the vocals, the song is very good. «Wormpaste» had an awesome starting with the guitars switching sides. This song is probably one of the fastest on the album.
Lyrically, CODC's writing style is above any grindcore band. Not exactly any humour, political, or any angsty lyrics but along the lines of abstract thinking. Most of it isn't exactly «thinking» because most of the songs seem like they come from a specific influence.
Musically in general CODC put most grindcore bands to waste. I think CODC is just another band that likes to push the envelope. I find some of the fast parts to sound like Nasum but generally speaking CODC is nothing like Nasum. Unlike other grindcore CODC doesn't have a strong punk/hardcore influence but more of a death metal influence. Its kind of hard to exactly point out what CODC do musically and where they get inspiration because speaking in general of Metal they're just really weird. CODC don't fully put the music right out there but you have to appreciate the skill of the musicians. For a grindcore band it's pretty weird to say that.
Overall, I think this album is fantastic. Fans of heavy, brutal, skilled music will like this album. If you're into more of the traditional grindcore then I think this may not be for you. I think you should get it anyways because it's so damn awesome!'
'Grindcore is a Metal genre that most times is related to Gore, Rotting corpses, virulent diseases and such stuff that early carcass and related bands used to sing about. Well here's a band that has a lot of Grindcore elements in it's music, but, there is practically 0 gore in it's lyrical content, the lyrics are incredibly well thought and have a great conceptual structure.
Ok don't get too excited, if you are one of those «Dragonforce is the law» dudes you'll despise this album, yes the lyrics are quite different but well it's still a Grindcore band so don't expect to understand the vocals, you have to read it to know what the song is about, which I think is great by the way (Those vocals are to this day the best vocalizations in Grindcore history).
The album is very fucking entertaining, not only if you are into Grindcore, there are songs (Mother Pig, the longest song in the album) that are actually…well… Mellow (in a Grindcore kind of way of course) the instruments are very well executed, incredible riffs and a tempo that goes from ultra violent fast riffs to «Slow» drum beats that can equal any Death Metal Band, Human Harvest has that weird something that makes the songs different from each other
The peak of the album comes in the 6th track «Destiny Of The Slug» a song that combines all the Circle Of Dead Children elements in just one minute; This song has incredible riffs, after the first 23 seconds of ultra violent fast bleeding ears music the song turns into a Great Piece of musical artwork, The vocal effects in the end are infamous, nothing I have ever heard in this particular genre (a weird high-pitched effect, it's shown in the entire album, very cool actually), «Destiny Of The Slug» really saves this album from every minor flaw it could have; Another song that is worth to highlight is «Oak And Iron» a song that talks mostly about society, with again insanely drums and great guitar riffs.
As I was saying at the beginning, this album is great, but well if you are into melodic metal, and the sound of extremely fast riffs scares you, avoid this album and don't pay attention to what I wrote here, now if you aren't into Grindcore but you love any extreme Metal Genre you will love and respect this album for it's content, I won't promise you anything, but if you want to check one of the most interesting bands on the planent DO NOT skip this one, in time you'll see that «Human Harvest» has more to offer than just blasting riffs and ultra fast killer drums.
'Circle of dead children are a testament to how good grindcore can be yet they remain remarkably unknown by most metal fans. Zero Comfort Margin is a short but enthralling EP that shows just how good this band are at making some of the most ferocious grindcore out there.
Musically speaking this album is originally and interestingly put together. It may have the usual short track times you can expect from every other grindcore band but the songs are blessed with a more entertaining sound then the usual rubbish. This band have created a heavy record with Zero Comfort Margin and it sounds like they are in full control of this musical chaos. The instruments on this album all work well with each other and none of them are too loud or cluttered at any point. Zero Comfort Margin is pitch perfect with the songs achieving their initial goal of battering the crap out of the listener until submission. Its a short 20 minute ride but its a damn enjoyable and brutal one.
Vocally this record has a lot of range and you can tell Joe Horvath has a voice perfectly suited to this genre's hectic and vicious sound. His range is everything from extreme guttural lows to high pitched venomous screams. The vocals are another part of the music that make this EP so unflinchingly brutal.
One of the most surprising things about this record is that the lyrics seem to be quite a change from the usual gore loving obscenity. I'm not about to say that gore related lyrics ruin music but its indeed refreshing to get your hands on something this heavy that doesn't have the stereotypical lyrical subjects. The lyrics remain quite sinister and hateful throughout but with less shock value than regular bands of this of this genre.
Overall Zero Comfort Margin is well worth a look if you enjoy grindcore or deathgrind but its not at all for the faint hearted. This is some of the most inaccessible music out there so if you favorite genres of metal are the more lighter substitutes you would do well to steer clear of this.'
Why can't more grindcore be this good? — 85%
Written byDeathMetalProgRocker www.metal-archives.com
'Let's be honest for a change, at least once man. You don't get into grindcore for the riffs, no! You don't get into grindcore because «it's technical» or because they play like virtuosos in the flesh, are you kidding me? You fucking get into this explosive genre because you want to see your brain coming out of your nose, yeah that's about right, grindcore is supposed to be hardcore and freaking dangerous, well… Circle of Dead Children is probably the most harmful and noxious band out there, and it takes one spin of Psalm of the Grand Destroyer to prove me right.
I'm not saying Circle of Dead Children is a mindless band, not at all, the lyrical content in this album is perverted poetry from one of the most damaged minds out there, Joe Horvath. And the music, having songs like «Earth And Lye» or «Obsidian Flakes“ playing at full volume will definitely make your body shiver…literally… Not to mention, this piece is produced by the finesse and hostility that only a man like Scott Hull can construct (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer, etc.), so even there you will be drowned in awesomeness let me tell you.
But still, this is grindcore, and it's a damn drill penetrating your brain. Circle of Dead Children knows best, thus, if they want to destroy you they will do it with the most merciless approach; I mean, the composition is so precise and acute that you can actually feel when the band is trying to pummel you and when they are trying to make you feel safe, it's grindcore at its sickening best.
I've been listening this album for a while now, it took just one spin for me to love it though, and still I can't decide how big this album is, in my mind I still see Human Harvest as their masterpiece, so right now it's a matter of choosing a runner-up, is Psalm of the Grand Destroyer as good or better than The Genocide Machine? I think only time will tell, right now I can only assure you Circle of Dead Children is one of my 3 favorite grindcore bands out there…'
Written byHerzebeth www.metalstorm.net
Интересная, нестандартная команда с крайне хаотичным, болезненным звучанием, постоянными сменами ритма и целым набором всевозможных шизофренических вокалов.
Circle of Dead Children - Discography (1999-2010) [HQ]
1. Ursa Major (00:45) 2. Eldorado (03:14) 3. Where the Hive Hangs (03:09) 4. Sunday's Agenda? (02:05) 5. Tranquilizer (00:54) 6. Four Walls and a Feeling (02:39) 7. When Silence Glorifies Pestilence (Faint) (00:52) 8. Sons of Nameless (01:17) 9. Doom Farmer (00:28) 10. Calm (02:36) 11. Freethinkers Fight Song (01:30) 12. Return to Water (02:29) 13. Heidi's Arrow (01:30) 14. Imprint This Stake with Your Name (00:45)
1. Pigeon vs. Crow (02:15) 2. A Wooden Heart Never Bleeds (00:52) 3. Wotton (00:15) 4. Grabbing n (00:30) 5. Skull of a Hermit / Brain of a Faery (01:02) 6. Ten Fingers (My Last Ten Minutes) (04:43) 6. Scarecrow Trailer Park (02:40)
1. Migration (00:46) 2. The Genocide Machine (01:58) 3. Cremationism (Become the Flame) (01:32) 4. From Eros to Thanatos (00:44) 5. Corpse of Refinement a.k.a. The Men Behind the Sun (01:31) 6. Only One Per Coffin (01:06) 7. Barbarians and Henchmen (03:22) 8. Isabella's Nightmare (00:54) 9. Two-Week Notice (00:34) 10. Extreme Cannibal Smoke! (01:28) 11. Digestive Ceremony (05:03) 12. When We Make the Clouds Scream (00:57) 13. Beetoven's Children (02:20) 14. It's a Bloody Day When You Get Your Head Nailed to a Kross (02:11) 15. Wormpaste (Bled Through the Earth) (00:49) 16. Ch / oR (00:19) 17. Ctrl*Alt*Delete (03:06)
1. A Family Tree to Hang From (00:59) 2. We Wear the Gimp Mask (01:13) 3. Salt Rock Eyes (01:37) 4. Bring Her a Mushroom Cloud pt.01 (00:36) 5. No Tolerance for Silence (00:14) 6. Destiny of the Slug (01:18) 7. Sleepwalker (01:37) 8. Harvest at Dawn (Enter Fertility) (01:05) 9. Corsage of Fresh Meat and Rotted Pride (02:56) 10. Oak and Iron (01:31) 11. Mother Pig (04:07) 12. Rocket (00:27) 13. King Cobra vs. Queen Bee (00:45) 14. The Buzzard Blizzard (01:12) 15. White Trash Headache (00:06) 16. Shadow of the Narcissist (00:43) 17. Bring Her a Mushroom Cloud pt.02 (00:10) 18. My Supernatural (Bells Ring Slowly) (03:27) 19. Alkaline (11:18)
1. Forward Through the Copper Sun (00:20) 2. Zero Comfort Margin (01:47) 3. No Tears Fall Through Hollow Eye Sockets (00:57) 4. Chemical Goat (01:08) 5. Whimper (00:55) 6. Android (120 ampere opiate) (00:58) 7. Host(age) (01:23) 8. Bohemian Grave (00:37) 9. The System as the Master Deceiver (00:29) 10. Born on a Bombshell (01:41) 11. Strip Naked for Your Killer (01:41) 12. A Homage to Tombstone Granite (00:50) 13. Footprints in Fire (00:35) 14. Playdumb (Hideous Mangleus cover) (03:00) 15. For Black Eyes Only a.k.a. Depopulate: Tears of Illuminati (03:50)
Circle of Dead Children - Psalm of the Grand Destroyer (2010)
Grindcore / Brutal Death Metal United States Of America (Washington,Pennsylvania) [email protected] kbps CD-Rip (Lame 3.93.1) | Flac (.cue+.log) 100 Mb | 248 Mb Сканы в архивах
01.Avatar Of Innocence 02.Ursa Major (1998 Revisited) 03.When Human Compost Stains All Earth And Repels The Messengers Of Love 04.Chaos Crawls Back 05.Earth And Lye 06.We Who Move With The Graven Worms 07.Bury The Ill Flock 08.Refuse To Kill The Same Way Twice 09.Obsidian Flakes 10.Last Words And Warning Signs 11.Jaracaca 12.Torches 13.Night Of Morbid Psycho 14.Germinate The Reaper Seed 15.Starve,Beg & Die a.k.a Fuck You Kill Me