Author: Bob Szekely
(Six Weeks Records, 2013)
#FOR FANS OF: Black, Grindcore, S.O.D.
Solid grindcore replete with blast beats and black metal vocals. Each of the 16 tracks on this release are less than two minutes long, with the opener — “Bottom Feeder” clocking in at less than a minute. Initially, I wondered if Transient were trying to be the Ramones of extreme metal, with their ridiculously short tunes, until I remembered that Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.) had been there first. Transient is a band which appears to enjoy punning in their song titles: such as “Praying Mantic”, which opens with a heavy bass/drum groove; “Van Grinder” (perhaps a reference to the National Lampoon movie “Van Wilder”?) and “Big Man Plick” (remember the last “Lethal Weapon” film where Mel Gibson’s character keeps saying to the Chinese restauranteur ‘Flied Lice? Flied Lice??” to which the restauranteur finally responds, “It’s FRIED RICE, you PLICK!!”). “Goad” opens with heavy, distorted bass on top of a thrash beat before the guitars and vocals come in. “False Philanthropy” starts with a slow, doomy riff. “Narcissus Nemesis” kicks off with an ‘all guns blazing’ progression (*nod to Judas Priest*), before going into a chromatic riff. The opening of “Sustain the Yoke” is a solid headbanging / mosh-pit groove. It then pulls back into a slower middle riff before launching back into straight ahead balls-to-the-wall (*nod to Accept*) power thrash, then alternating to riff breakdown with heavy bass. I really do wish that bands would include lyric sheets with these releases, as I can recall in the early days of hard rock/proto-metal—which was pre-extreme-screamo-vox—songs such as the Jimi Hendrix classic “Purple Haze” where he was thought to be singing “Scuse me, while I kiss this guy” (instead of “Scuse me, while I kiss the sky”), and the AC/DC classic “Dirty Deeds” (before original vocalist Bon Scott’s death from alcohol toxemia, which was the inspiration for the Ozzy Osbourne song “Suicide Solution”, referring to drinking oneself to death by accident), where Bon was thought to be singing “Dirty Deeds and the Thunder Chief” (instead of ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”). If bands don’t want the message of their music to be misunderstood, they shouldn’t leave the correct hearing of their lyrics to chance. Overall, I expect this release to be truly a joy for lovers of grindcore, with irony and attitude permeating throughout.