A new band from the midlands of England, INTERNAL ROT perform politically charged crust metal. This is the band’s first release, with 5 solid as a rock songs to kill yer eardrums. They play a style of crust that seems to becoming popular as of late. Make noise, not music.
The CD starts with a very “crust core” approach via guitar and drums, which provides a taste of what will be blazing through the speakers for the better part of the next 20 minutes. Dual vocals add more layers, covering death metal growls as well as the shrieking rage of grindcore. Both guys on vox share the duties rather evenly in every one of the songs, adding some real complexity to the assault of INTERNAL ROT. Drums keep a modern war crust beat covered in the stench of ages, but also reminds one of the milder side of grind (not as many blast beats). The guitar and bass keep a groove on it all, and the bass especially shows how much it leads the songs with the intro for Inspired By Bullshit, a completely anti – religious assault with double bass blast beats and, of course, the trademark dual vocals.
The lyrics for Inspired by Bullshit are taken from real world experience of watching drug addicts become religious zealots in order to clean their shit up. These new “warriors of christ” are just as dangerous on religion as they were on drugs, but now they feel justified in their actions. Yet they are still weak, because they have to resort to a book to get off the drugs, instead of finding strength within themselves. As an American, I see this bullshit every day I walk the city streets or ride the bus in Minneapolis. The political song Internal Rot is about how political corruption makes the system rot from the inside out until nothing is left but a weak façade, ready to crumble at the slightest kick.
Another stand out lyric / song is ep title song “Wel – Fair State”, a tirade about people that abuse the welfare system (such as the Dole in UK), by declaring themselves invalids or unable to work, and make a career out of government handouts, instead of trying to improve themselves so that they can be completely independent from the spider – web social system. Tom “Kerry King” McKenna of HELLSWORN provides a really kick ass old school thrash metal inspired guitar solo on this album closing song.
Recorded, mixed and mastered @ CM Studios Coventry by Neil Williams of ABYSMAL AUDIO.
INTERNAL ROT: facebook.com/internalrot