Sound — 7
Let's face it grindcore isn't as shocking as it used to sound say, 15 years ago. Everyone from straight edge hardcore bands to Swedish death metal acts have incorporated the manic speed and extreme sensibilities that made the genre so fresh in the first place. That's what makes Fuck The Facts' new album, Disgorge Mexico all the more surprising. Instead of relying on tired grindcore clichs, the Canadian trio takes many of the sound's familiar traits and expands on them injecting everything with enough personality and vigor to make it all sound positively modern. Topon Das handles most of the guitar and bass work but drummer Mathieu Vilandre also contributes on the six and four strings. The liner notes do not clarify who is playing the guitars on any of the tracks but that isn't really the point here. The guitars come through with so much fury and bottom end that they collide with the bass tracks like battling rams fighting for position. In the arena these tracks are set in, the duality works perfectly. The expert use of feedback adds another compelling layer to the already stark and visceral world the material lives in. Das and Vilandre also understand how to use space to their compositional advantage. The slow build of Kelowna showcases the band's keen ability to use restraint and not just go full-steam all the time.
Lyrics — 7
Every great grind band needs a monster in the vocal booth. It's not often in the testosterone filled world of underground music that the person screaming the lyrics is of the female species. But then again, Fuck The Facts do most things a little left of center. Melanie Mongeon is the kind of singer who leaves the listener wondering how they don't absolutely destroy their vocal cords. Each and every line is delivered with enough bile and disgust even the most narrow-minded detractor can't deny. She gives grind gods like Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) and Jon Chang (Discordance Axis, Gridlink) a run for their money! Her higher register is particularly deadly. Check out the ghastly shrieks on As Empires Expand And Collapse for further proof of Mongeon's prowess behind the microphone.
Overall Impression — 7
Disgorge Mexico was written and recorded in the same bare bones spirit that the band plays their material in. The album is comprised of jam tapes the three piece unit compiled on various road trips they made since the band's early days and finally pieced together in August of 2007. The cut and paste manner in which the songs were constructed seems to have given the tracks another touch of immediacy that definitely works for this type of style. Craig Boychuk (Electro Quarterstaff, Propagandhi) does a fine job of letting the amps breathe and not over-compress the guitars and bass to the point of lifelessness. He understands that a band like this can use something like a speaker's hiss as another tool in their arsenal. With so much Pro-Tool abuse going on today, hearing an album this bare and pure in its presentation is almost surprising. More bands should follow these Cannucks' lead and leave the overtly computerized recording techniques to the R&B acts. With this bludgeoning collection, Fuck The Facts have joined acts like Pig Destroyer and Gridlink who are taking grind into new and compelling places.