CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR
FOR FANS OF: Napalm Death, Employed To Serve, Dragged Into Sunlight ■ Featuring Napalm Death guitarist John Cooke among members of other noisy, grindy acts like Narcosis and Venomous Concept, it goes without saying that Corrupt Moral Altar make an absolute racket, and they’re furious with it. At 13 tracks in barely 20 minutes, and with titles as charming as Body Horror and Destroying Everything You Believe In, laughs don’t exactly come thick and fast here. Moreover, as the aural assault of Rat King fires out, the album’s title – a word meaning ’well mind’ or ’beautiful thinking’ – couldn’t seem less apt. That said, there are weird subtleties behind all the grinding, an intelligence and skilful craft in the din that occasionally cuts through like an unexpected dagger blade, such as on the immense closing track Five Years, which features violin that puts you on edge like the Psycho soundtrack. It’s mightily unpleasant stuff, but that needn’t matter when a) that’s the point, and b) it’s executed as well as this.