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Noothgrush : Erode The Person

[note by author: The tracklist and artwork are significantly different here on the re-release as compared to the first pressing.]

The inlay states that 'Erode The Person' is an "anthology comprised of the final studio recordings, including previously unreleased material." The material herein was recorded and mixed between 1997 and 2001, with 2001 being the year that the band broke up. The final result shows that Noothgrush kept up their hatred for humanity to the end. The lyrics as well as the music is as filthy, bleak and cruel as ever. Amongst the old doom/sludge gods they are indeed the ugliest, perhaps only challenged by 13, and it seems they are hard to beat since most of later bands in the genre don't even come close to this hideousness. The lyrics concern themselves with how humans treat each other and the earth that we live on, which does indeed fit the gruesome music. In fact I'd be as bold as to claim that their anti-humanity will make any punk or hardcore band look like wanna-be's.

The cover is quite simplistic, but I've come to the conclusion that it fits perfectly. The image on the front is of an old woman sitting in a dark and almost naked room, containing the chair she sits in and a mattress. There is some light seeping in through the iron bars that cover the window. A rather bleak image of how we're treating our elders, which I believe was the intention. The image on the back of the crying child, who's obviously in pain, is very typical for Noothgrush. If you thought this was a release for your pleasure, then think again. This is a message that tries to show us the nature of our self-destructive species. If you're wondering whether they don't find anything good about humanity, then you should look for track thirteen. It's got a jolly name, but it lasts only ten seconds and has the lyrics "I've been bakin' all mornin'", which seems to me to be related to marijuana. If that's what it takes to be happy, and if that happiness only lasts a fraction of your life, then there's something seriously wrong with the world.

This re-release is the final, final summary of one of the most extreme (if not the most extreme) doom/sludge bands ever, covering the bands very last throes. For, as the observant reader may have noticed, the original compilation was released in 1999, which is likely the reason the tracklist was altered as heavily as it was: It needed to contain the final recordings between 1999 and 2001. This means that those who already own the first pressing might still want a copy of this one and vice versa.

This is for those who want it gritty and spiteful. For those who do, then I consider this to be one of the most essential pieces to have in your record collection. This is about as good as you get from any band in the Grief legacy.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A People Defeated Will Never Be United
2. Made Uncomfortable by Others Pain
3. Flee from Hunger & Disease
4. Diseased Mammal
5. Stagnance
6. Deterioration
7. Oil Removed
8. The Slave
9. Erode the Person
10. Hatred for the Species
11. Draize
12. Starvation
13. Strawberry Shortcake and Friends Holding Hands and Going Around the Gazebo With Custard and Pupcake Watching

Duration : Approx. 74 minutes.

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Reviewed on 28-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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