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TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION


“Hater”

By Thor


Drummer/front man, Richard Hoak of Brutal truth fame, formed Total Fucking Destruction in 1999 and has proceeded to bestow upon the world some of the most unique grind ever conceived.  TFD’s new album, “Haters” is 27 tracks of over the top punk grind with weird, sci-fi overtones.  While TFD’s music employs low-tuned dirges and blast beats, it’s also equal parts sneering, dirty punk rock, a flavor that is the strength of this album in particular.

Let me state outright that this isn’t my preferred style of grind, but I don’t dislike it.  It’s an acquired taste for me as I’ve enjoyed “Haters” more each subsequent listen, I just have some ambivalence toward some of TFD’s aesthetics.

 I’m usually a fan of fast music, but it seems as though TFD gets less interesting the faster they play on “Haters”.  When they blast, the music becomes tonally static and it loses its visceral punch.  With few exceptions, the blast beats are of the same variety, while the guitar riffs become less dynamic and the vocal phrasing follows suit, becoming intuitive and predictable.  None of these problems persist when TFD slow down, and by “slow”, I’m speaking in relative terms as the D-beat parts and everything down the tempo chain are full of piss and vinegar.

 Lead vocalist, Hoak uses a pure punk delivery reminiscent of the less hardcore output by bands like Circle Jerks and Minor Threat.  At times multiple vocal tracks are used creatively, going way over the top with screams – not the garden variety grind screams that are controlled and aggressive, but rather full on girl-in-a-horror-movie screams; the kind that would prompt calls to the police had they not been performed on stage or in a recording studio.  Oddly, they pull it off in as accessible a way as possible.  Hoak’s drumming is solid, if not spectacular.  The beats are more creative at slower tempos and more uniform and, dare I say, boring when blasting.

The guitar work is hit-and-miss, again, gaining strength at slower tempos and losing nearly all creative juice during grind parts.  At slower tempos, the riffs add an element of kinesis to the tunes, making you want to move, preferably in a counter-clockwise, spastic march.  These riffs are dirty and slinky, combining with the vocals to give the music authentic punk rock – again, not hardcore, but PUNK ROCK credibility.  However, at top speed the guitar parts lack brute aggression in favor of a sonic cacophony of static chords, at times becoming monotonous.

 Total Fucking Destruction’s “Haters” is a mixed bag for me.  I love tracks like “Everything You Need, but Nothing You Want”, “7 Billion Imaginary Deaths”, and “Green Fire”.  However, there are just as many instances of tracks that I struggle to get through.  One thing that can’t be argued against is that “Haters” is pure grind on the very cutting edge, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes unpalatable, and always unapologetic. 

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