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Grinding Halt - Diet Pills

Split

Year Released: 2011
Format: 7"
Label: Force Fed - Adagio830 - De Graanrepubliek - Shove
 
Reviewed by Oli Saunders on Nov 11, 2011
I had not heard Diet Pills before playing this record, despite having heard a fair bit about them. I am in no position to namedrop here, so I will simply describe them as mega strange hardcore which twists and turns unexpectedly amidst a noisy and rather disturbing background. The variance is impressive even if the track here sounds a bit disjointed overall and almost seems like several songs. The vocals snarl their way through but then in places take on a mystical edge à la Raccoo-oo-oon. Not just for this it ends up being slightly terrifying.

I'm pretty sure Grinding Halt have always been amazing but their early recorded output left a lot to be desired. They've sorted out how to record now and this and their split with Drainland are cross-genre masterclasses. Mark's vocals are never likely to disappoint but now the instruments sound spot on too. In contrast to Diet Pills they race through their tracks and, whilst their sound is more predictable, it is fine tuned with its combination of melody and sludge.

A solid split, my only complaint being that the artwork, whilst technically excellent, could not be much more clichéd. The bands are about to tour Europe together so check them out if you get chance.

11th November 2011

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