2001 Robotic Empire
This record jumps out of the gate with guns blazing on "Nil or the Nile". The track begins as a testament to speed and overdriven metal before slowing down and turning into something more grindcore, witness the growling vocals and traditional grind riffing. Shortly thereafter, vocalist Craig Moore closes out the arrangement in maniacal fashion by crazily yelling "I'm sorry, this number is no longer in service" over and over. One can't help but picture Moore banging on the walls of some distant mental institution as he repeats this line. Warning: this is not the type of CD you'll want to play around your parents. Just five seconds of Employer, Employee and your frightened loved ones will most likely be accusing you of doing drugs and killing small animals for fun. This stuff is heavy, dense, and caustic. You'll find no digestible hooks or spacious breakdowns on this album. Not even close. Although this demonic blend of hardcore, grind, and noise is difficult to enjoy at times, there are some very interesting things happening on here. Check out the vaguely disturbing track, "7 Breaths". Unrecognizable strands of bass and guitar bounce around quietly as barely audible vocals communicate cryptic passages like "Seven breaths / You blink your eyes / I make my move / Seven breaths / Seven breaths / Indecisive, immobile / You're left where you're standing." What does it all mean I have no idea, but reading the lyrics on 'sic [sic]' proved to be much more enthralling than your typical "heavy" album. Bottom Line: There's only seven tracks on this release, and the total effort runs under twenty minutes. Employer, Employee is akin to riding a rickety roller-coaster high above some twisted scene of wartime destruction, all with your best grindcore buddy. When it's all said and done, you'll probably vomit, but you'll do so with a nice big smile on your face.
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anonymous 11/5/2016 6:16:55 PM
one of my top 3 all-time favorite album releases. serious shit.