Shift (Relapse Records 2004)

album review

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With the word grindcore being tossed around like doobie at a Dead concert. Nasum is the closest thing to the actual meaning of grind. With blistering speeds and the fat cut out of every song and to quote Mark Greenway "if you don't pay attention you'll miss the epics", now with that being said it's true with the majority of the songs clocking in at just over a minute, the epics here range from a cool two minute songs. Also I'd like to add that Nasum was the only band out right now that has Mr. Greenway's grind of approval in carrying the torch, and clearly all you have to do is listen to the in time blast beats, manic vocals...sorry if you don't have the lyrics we don't know what they're screaming about either. Ha, song titles won't be of any help either (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star). I do have to say that Nasum does stay at the forefront of the grind movement as they add in things like hooks and melody to the chaos, you know the lil things that help you remember songs and go "Oh yeah here comes that part.", not just an endless stream of fuzzed out notes with a blast beat to back them up. This is one of the more conscience grindcore bands and should be checked out.

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Reviewed by: Godawfulcommiepigfuckingbastards