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Multinational Corporations - Jamat-al-Maut

Multinational Corporations
Jamat-al-Maut
by V. Srikar at 24 April 2014, 7:00 PM

Being in their neighbouring country, I have been reading since my childhood, the horrific stories from the streets of Pakistan, weather its oppression by the religious fanatics, militant groups or the ISI or the corrupt government itself. I for one can feel the last part too as corruption is rampant in my country as well. Little did I even imagine even in my wildest of dreams that there would be a Grindcore band from the streets of Lahore, Pakistan and its does have its trademark music.

Getting the right flavour between Grindcore, Punk and 90’s Hardcore music, the band blasts amazing 8 songs to fit in just 12 minutes. Starting off with a typical grindcore sounding song in “Fuck Your Patriot”, the drums bring in continuous blast beats and chaotic riffs besides nasty growling vocals of Hassan Umer. It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the ant-Governmental and anti-Capitalist hate filled lyrics in the album, even though few chores in some songs are in Urdu, Arabic and Hindi. Surprisingly for a Grindcore band, the vocals are a lot clearer and easily understandable, more reminiscent of some Death Metal bands. The EP is full of thick cheesy headbang-able riffs, even bringing some interesting solos occasionally and the vocalist even brings in words like ‘Mosh’ after every stanza in songs like “Advertisement Overdose”and “Salaab”, clearly elevating the anger and the energy brought hence forth. It’s worth mentioning that the band manages to keep the listener hooked even though the riffs on many occasions are unidirectional. The drums here sound sharp and very raw and just works fine for the band. Most songs are of mid tempo or high tempo range, except for “White Collar Communism”, which goes slower with its thick low tempo riffs. The EP finishes off with the “Penniless Pride”, longest track clocking 3 min, sounding between low to mid tempo, the song actually is a slight disappointment offering nothing new.

The only major problem I have with this EP is that, most songs end abruptly when most unexpected, leaving an empty void too soon to digest. Granted, that it’s an unwritten crime to expect a Grindcore band to belt out songs more than 2 minutes continuously, but I feel that the band must have taken a bit more care in giving a better finish to most of the songs. I’m not the biggest of the Grindcore fan out there, but this EP works just fine because of its nature to explore beyond the confines of its genre and has the ability to appeal to fans of all the sub genres of Metal, even while sticking to its NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER, EXTREME NOISE TERROR influences and not to mention for a 2 piece band, this is mind blowing music.

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4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Fuck Your Patriot
2. Jamat-al-Maut
3. Stratum Slave
4. Advertisement Overdose
5. L.P.C.
6. White Collar Communism
7. Salaab
8. Penniless Pride
Lineup:
Sheraz Ahmed – Guitars, Drums
Hassan Umer – Vocals, Lyrics
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 29 February 2020
 

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