"The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault"
by Thor

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Complete Failure plays grindcore that’s free of bells and whistles (both literally and figuratively).  While there’s no innovation to be found riding the harsh frequencies of their underground and extreme compositions, they do what they do incredibly well.  And that’s grind off your face with tight, angry, and heavy tunes, ten of which have recently been collectively presented as “The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault”—out now from Season of Mist Records.Reminiscent of early-‘90s Napalm Death and “Prowler in the Yard”-era Pig Destroyer, Complete Failure emphasizes heaviness and aggression on “TAGOAA” over and above any other attribute typically associated with the genre and that includes speed.  That’s not so say that this album is slow... however, there’s a tempo variance here that’s much more dynamic than the output of many of this band’s peers.

Guitarist James Curl’s and bassist Mark Bogacki’s riffs alternate between meaty muscle and punk-inspired power chord chaos while the drumming is straight forward and tastefully appropriate.  There’s not a lot in the way of jaw dropping jazz chops written on a calculator, but that’s not this band’s M.O. and there’s something to be said for the restraint and precise aggression on display by drummer Mike Rosswog.  Vocalist Joe Mack employs an agro-bark that’s high pitched but hews closer to midrange than it does a falsetto shriek akin to the vocals of the aforementioned Pig Destroyer.  Whether or not it’s on purpose, the vocals even recall Obituary’s John Tardy at times, further adding to Complete Failure’s early-‘90s aesthetic.

If you’re looking for some sort of tectonic musical evolution, this isn’t it.  Complete Failure’s “The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault” is grind for the purists out there.  Fans of bands such as Napalm Death, Phobia, Pig Destroyer, and Rotten Sound will eat it up.  So if that’s you, what are you waitin’ for?  Dig in!