Extreme Noise Terror – Retro-bution – Cassette
Retro-bution showcases Extreme Noise Terror’s signature blend of crust punk and grindcore, with intense and aggressive musical elements. The album features tracks like “Raping the Earth,” “Conned Through Life,” and “Bullshit Propaganda.”
After helping originate the sound of grindcore in the late ’80s alongside other U.K. bands such as Napalm Death and Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror meandered on, eventually releasing Retro-Bution in 1995.
Retro-bution is the fourth studio album released by the British crust punk band Extreme Noise Terror. It was released in 1995 by the record label Earache. The album features a lineup change for the band, with Phil Vane returning as the lead vocalist after a brief departure.
Retro-bution is known for its aggressive and raw sound, combining elements of crust punk, hardcore punk, and grindcore. The album features fast-paced and intense tracks with politically charged lyrics that tackle social and environmental issues.
Extreme Noise Terror has been influential in the punk and grindcore scenes since their formation in 1985. They are known for their energetic live performances and uncompromising attitude. While Retro-bution is one of their notable releases, the band has produced several other albums and EPs throughout their career.
Over the course of the five to eight years since the group’s earliest experiments with the grindcore sound, captured best on their Peel Sessions album, little had changed. The band’s peers had mostly moved on to other styles and new sounds by the mid-’90s, but Extreme Noise Terror stuck to traditional grindcore for Retro-Bution.
Pete Hurley, Ali Firouzbakht, and Lee Barrett still distort their detuned guitars to insane levels and play shredding, machine-like riffs that lock into painful grooves of grinding tones. Pig Killer remains true to his name, carrying out his assaulting machine-gun percussion blasts, while the group’s signature vocalist duo of Dean Jones and Phil Vane still trade off their occasionally harmonious rabid barks on the many featured self-penned odes to nihilism.
The duo’s lyrics may not be decodable, but song titles such as “Third World Genocide,” “Pray to Be Saved,” “Bullshit Propaganda,” and “We Are the Helpless” allude to their views. Anyone still looking for more classic grindcore sounds with the same old motifs doesn’t need to look any farther than this album; it retains nearly everything that defined classic albums such as Napalm Death’s From Enslavement to Obliteration.
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Raping The Earth
Work For Never
We The Helpless
Think About It
Pray To Be Saved
Conned Through Life
Third World Genocide