Album Review – Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky “The Grand Partition, and the Abrogation of Idolatry” 2009

  If you’re still here after slogging through that ten-dollar grad-school title, you might be pleasantly surprised to know there’s a solid grindcore album hidden underneath. The former members of the equally cumbersomely named Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus have submitted half an hour* of serious Earache Records inspired noise, and it’s pretty damn good.

Upon first glance, SWWAATS might seem like Job for a Cowboy, Dying Fetus or other American grind acts, but the difference here is in the influences they wear on the sleeves of their apocalyptic sacrificial robes. Morbid Angel, Napalm Death and Godflesh archetypes are the order of the day, with some Nailbomb/Fudge Tunnel electronic sandpaper layered underneath. They’ve even grabbed some of that early Carcass lexicography for their lyrics, with the odd F-bomb thrown in for Yankee street cred.

It won’t redefine the genre and it isn’t nearly as clever as the titles would lead you to believe, but there are riffs in them thar hills. It’s nice to know the kids are alright. 6.5 out of 10


*Minus the obligatory looooong pause before the bonus track. Whatever happened to actually hiding these things like NIN used to, or (my favourite) when Overkill put music into the negative count-up between tracks in 1994?


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