Insurgency - Suicide Attack [Demo]
Sometimes the old way remains the best way. There’s something palpable and real about the beginnings of extreme music – everything from the attitude, to the production values, to the outright disregard for the listener’s well-being. Stoke’s Discharge and Birmingham’s Napalm Death spring to mind as stark examples and the masters of this style, using cyclical riffs and the abolishment of standard song structures to create abrasive, unrelenting punk dirges. Lancastrian trio Insurgency are by all means cut from the same cloth as these two, utilising a mixture of blackened thrash, old-school death metal and grindcore to conjure up the feeling of older, more vicious times.
Their new song, Suicide Attack, is a blunt, straight to the point assault which offers little to no breathing room throughout its three minutes. Delivered at a blistering pace, the track is chock full of D beats and angular, repetitive guitar riffs which keep the momentum rolling into its more groovy sections. These parts, the ‘hooks’ (used in the loosest possible sense), are the bread and butter of nearly every great extreme band, and Insurgency succeed in opening up the wall of sound at the right moments to change things up. They never come close to a crushing Angel of Death-esque groove-buffet, but instead mix-up the beats under an ever-evolving tapestry of guitar riffs to great effect. The trade-off is of memorability for pure aggression, but it pays off. Suicide Attack ends up as more than the sum of its economically moving parts.
In terms of production, the song sounds fantastic and channels the old-school, “4-track in my parent’s basement” feel that a lot of my favourite extreme records have. Although it’s only a demo, the raw sonics perfectly capture the off-the-rails vibe of the arrangement and hopefully an element of this gets carried over to the recording proper. The mix is also very well balanced and clear, with the haunting, reverb soaked screams providing the garnish atop the tumult of instrumentation. Some things don’t need to be overproduced and Insurgency have made a real statement of intent here. Who needs to get involved in a loudness war when everything sits rightly in its place?
Overall, Suicide Attack shows great promise for the band’s future EP Jihadi Death Cult, as it combines the tried and true blueprint of 80’s and early 90’s extreme metal with a renewed, fresh rage.
From start to finish, the track is an exercise in vital, brutal music played by a real band in a real room. In an age where the art of recording and releasing an “unfinished” demo feels a little archaic, Insurgency force us to remember that although it may be a dying art, it’s an important one.
Words: Ben Armstrong
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Andy: Chainsaw riffings and screams from beyond the unholy grave.
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