Powerviolence is fast like a short sharp shock a cousin of grindcore, and both are not known for their gentle volume levels. But here I find Arkansas’s Terminal Nation recorded rather on the quiet-side and Absolute Control will appear via Deep Six Records on June 9 2017. Bludgeoning their way through 9 tracks lasting from 30 to 160 seconds even sounding a little like Lawnmower Deth on their track ‘Grave’
Powerviolence waits for no man, and the trademark frenetic race to the end is evident through the majority of these tracks. The latter half stretch their time out over 2 minutes, which allows for some deviation and even some rhythm sections on songs like ‘Pulse of the Dead’.
And set closer ‘Broken’ could be a different band all together, as it slows down to the relentless grind barrage of a shell bombardment.
We now jump across to Sweden for the grind of Resonance Cascade and Jarnbord split from WOOAAARGH and Downfall Records. I can automatically hear a depth of sound that wasn’t there with the previous mentioned EP. Resonance Cascade evoke memories of early Napalm Death, along with euro thrashers Kreator and Sodom as it is angry, gritted teeth vitriol as they power through ‘Trust me I’m a Liar’ and ‘Rid of Reason’ titles that maybe a comment on the days of post truth. Closing track ‘Failure’ another word I hear a lot these days, has some rhythmic drumming before biting you by the neck and thrashing you about like a wild dog’s dinner. Resonance Cascade mean business, and they mean a mean kind of business!
Jarnbord have a crustier sound to their production, but just as fast, furious and fearful. Singing in Swedish their songs try to find meaning and holding on to one’s sense in a maddening world. ‘Let’s Die’ slows slightly with a volley of riffing and drum peals acting as a midway breather before opening up the speed wrap again! A marrying of two bands with similar sentiments politically makes for a good split record. And between the three reviewed here you can hear differing sounds, tempos and covers many a aesthetic temperament of the extreme grindcore genre.