Democratic Warfare

Aug. 15, 2019


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The Pitch: Pummeling UK grindcore crew The Brood spread more bitter criticism of society with crusty, high octane tunes. FFO: Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Raised Fist

What I Like: I was glad that The Brood reached out to me about Democratic Warfare, as I had long since forgotten how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures of 2017's The Truth Behind. This is another one of those situations where despite my constant quest for all things fresh and innovative, I'm never above enjoying a well done dose of back to basics bloodlust. The Brood know how to tap directly into that caveman part of the brain via sharp snare tone, depraved snarls, and oddly catchy chord progressions. Drool-inducing Dbeats galore...that drum and bass break on "Minotaur" makes me feel like Jack Nicholson at the end of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Furthermore, I wasn't expecting such solid production. While Democratic Warfare sticks to the playbook in delivering a sound that is raw and raucous, they nailed the mix such that every note is a perfectly punctuated nailgun to the skull.

Critiques: If I can be frank for a second without pissing anyone off too much, I'm really sick of the whole "orange man bad" thing. It's been so inescapable over the past 4 or so years that any impact it might have has long since passed its expiration date. At this point it's not edgy or provocative; it's just annoying. Honestly, if you really want to get a reaction these days, put AOC or total Narc Kamala Harris on your cover and watch the new wave of pearl clutchers lose their minds. But personally, I'd just avoid using specific faces altogether. To quote Eleanor Roosevelt, "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." (and fyi, none of this factors into my score)

The Verdict: Politics aside, and welcoming all opinions, Democratic Warfare is a sick f#%king EP that I intend on jamming quite a bit this summer. The Brood are clearly very passionate and genuine individuals, and it comes across in every facet of the music. It's worth the buy.

Flight's Fav's: Minotaur, Buried

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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