SOUND POLLUTION 1991
Integral to the evolution of American grind but plainly in thrall to the genre’s British division, Assück’s debut album noisily upped the ante for breakneck fury. Pitched midway between the gnarly primitivism of Scum-era Napalm Death and the slowburning Panzer-crawl of Bolt Thrower, songs like Population
Index and October Revolution slammed far harder than most and gleefully blurred the lines between punk’s black crust and the then-flourishing death metal scene. Masters of brutish brevity (Feasts Of War is a frenzied nine seconds long), the Floridian trio said all they had to say in 16 minutes and they never topped this pummelling squall of musical and political anarchy.