Com­plete Fail­ure

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - CON­NIE GOR­DON

CROSSBURNER

SEA­SON OF MIST GRIND STEEL­ERS START TO WIELD THEIR OWN POWER TOOLS Com­plete Fail­ure’s most con­sis­tent fail­ing has been their ten­dency to tag along with what­ever’s go­ing on around them, the re­sult his­tor­i­cally be­ing a dis­ap­point­ing lack of dis­tinc­tion. But whether it’s be­cause grind­core is presently at its most ad­ven­tur­ous or be­cause this Pitts­burgh quar­tet are fi­nally living up to their po­ten­tial, Crossburner shows a side that has of­ten been hid­den be­hind a veil of sim­ply sound­ing like Rot­ten Sound and Na­sum. Not that do­ing so is ter­ri­ble, but a dy­namic sen­si­bil­ity splays it­self all over this, their fourth al­bum, with tracks like Schaden­freude, Sui­cide Screed Of To­tal In­vin­ci­bil­ity and Curse Of Birth eas­ing off the rock­et­fu­elled pace, adding at­mo­spher­ics via sam­ples and gui­tars tones that breathe while still de­liv­er­ing a harsh, al­most power elec­tron­ics feel when it’s time to rage like un­teth­ered, blast­beat-ob­sessed wilde­beests.

FOR FANS OF: DISCORDANCE AXIS, MIS­ERY IN­DEX, NA­PALM DEATH

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