Catherer - Southwest Doom Violence
Denver's Catheter celebrates their first full length release in seven years in style. "Southwest Doom Violence," on the heels of many cameos and split releases since 2003's "Dimension 303," is a generous seventeen song beast, jam packed with angry, dense, terse thrashing grindcore. Not an easy listen, but if rage is your pal you'll have plenty of new fuel for your next meltdown.
Only one song even reaches three minutes, so all this mayhem stomps your face into the carpet within a half hour. Relentless; by my count there isn't really a slowdown until mid-way through "Conspiracy Control," and that is only to catch a quick breath (it would have to be quick, since the song is only fifty one seconds long). Peaks of bludgeoning occur throughout, but especially lethal are "Encapsulation," "Doom to Grind, "In This Moment," and "Hypercaine." The only real stumble is the closer, "In This Moment," the longest track at four minutes plus. After the devastation previously wrought, this feels padded, its fury unleashed in places rather than throughout.
"Southwest Doom Violence" is a punishing slab of grindcore, as serious and unrelenting as you are likely to hear. Catheter's well deserved live prowess is bottled here in all its vicious, visceral glory. Though they have kept their hand in on record over the last few years, this full-length was worth the wait, and shows the band to be at the peak of its fury.
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