Nasum

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Inhale/Exhale

Nasum - Inhale/Exhale ©1998 Relapse
1. This Is...
2. The Masked Face
3. Digging In
4. Time To Act!
5. Disdain And Contempt
6. I See Lies
7. Inhale/exhale
8. Too Naked To Distort
9. There's No Escape
10. The Rest Is Over
11. Disappointed
12. Lagg Om!
13. You're Obsolete
14. Tested
15. Shapeshifter
16. Feed Them, Kill Them, Skin Them
17. When Science Fails
18. Closing In
19. The World That You Made
20. The System Has Failed Again
21. For What Cause?
22. Fullmatad
23. Screwed
24. Shaping The End
25. The New Firing Squad
26. No Sign Of Improvement
27. My Philosophy
28. I'm Not Silent
29. The Breathing Furnace
30. Information Is Free
31. Burning Inside
32. A Request For Guidance
33. Grey
34. Worldcraft
35. It's Never Too Late
36. Du Ar Bevakad
37. Blinded
38. Can De Lach

So ya just got cut off in traffic by a snob in a Caddy? Or maybe you were just dumped by your girlfriend in favor of a WWF wrestler. Have I got the solution for you! Rather than take out your aggressions the schoolyard way with a rifle, put on Nasum at top volume and just watch your hatred and angst scream away. Packed with thirty-eight (is that special?) grinding raging tracks of blast beats, heavy guitar lines and two men screaming and grunting, there is certainly something here to soothe your beast within. As with many grindcore releases, the multitude of excruciatingly short and similar tracks can be exhausting if you try to sit through the whole damn thing, but Nasum has a stronghold over other generic grindcore bands in that they occasionally allow a groovy, heavy riff (as in "There's No Escape" or "Fullmatad") to sneak in and remind you there is music involved. The lyrics are surprisingly well-written, almost in that Minutemen world of brevity. Not only that, the duo received some studio assistance from Dan Swanö, so the production is both clear and crushing. I may not be the biggest grindcore fan around, but this actually bears some merit and will appeal to fans of brutality and death.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/1998

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Human 2.0

Nasum - Human 2.0 ©2000 Relapse
1. Mass Hypnosis
2. A Welcome Breeze Of Stinking Air
3. Fatal Search
4. Shadows
5. Corrosion
6. Multinational Murderers Network
7. Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
8. The Black Swarm
9. Sixteen
10. Alarm
11. Detonator
12. Gargoyles And Grotesques
13. När Dagarna
14. Resistance
15. The Idiot Parade
16. Den Svarta Fana
17. We're Nothing But Pawns
18. Defragmentation
19. Sick System
20. The Professional League
21. Old And Tired?
22. Words To Die For
23. Riot
24. The Meaningless Trial
25. Sometimes Dead Is Better

Yup. They're still pretty ticked off in Sweden, as Nasum's latest, Human 2.0, aptly demonstrates. With another twenty-five songs and a third member armed for detonation in their arsenal, Nasum comes out screaming, kicking and throwing bottles aimed straight at your noggin for the entirety of the album. Human 2.0 is not very far off from Inhale/Exhale in terms of musical approach, but it does come across as a slightly better hurled bottle at your noggin. The refreshing thing about Nasum is that they do not settle for typical grindcorisms and actually demonstrate more songwriting ability than any ten blast beat oriented, one guitar chord wonders. Their sound incorporates a lot of old school thrash, death metal and of course, grindcore elements, but they have the ability to write more than just basic riffs to keep up with the drummer. Tempos shift and change, riffs actually go somewhere and some songs are darned near epic in length (why, there are a few over two minutes on here and one that comes close to three!).

Though exhausting if listened to in full, Human 2.0 is another solid release for this band that proves that grindcore is not completely banal and can be a great method of catharsis when done with some degree of skill. Obviously anyone who heard Inhale/Exhale and liked it should get a copy of the new one. And anyone who has a thing for painfully angry music should also check this out.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 09/2000

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