Review: Unborn Generation – Dead Generation of Men

Share:

Tired of getting your face melted? Want it rubbed with a sandpaper and grinded into dust instead? Come here.

The year is still young, but I am already unsure whether you actually still have a face or not. Archgoat’s newest album helped to tear you all a new one at the end of January, and Goat Semen’s debut is going to do it again in no time. But neither of those albums can provide you one important thing – GRIND. Unborn Generation steps in to fill this vacancy and does it darn well, I tell you. Dead Generation of Men does not start with a blast. Instead the first minute introduces you, my dear acolyte, to a crushing guitar tone woven from the fabric of gravity itself.

unborn
Some sped-up tempos and spoken word samples lead into “In the Corner”, and the foremost thought in my furry head is one of amazement over how catchy it is. I would go on to say that this is the albums greatest flaw; not the catchiness itself, but Unborn Generation’s inability (or unwillingness, take your pick) to make every song such. The less catchy songs stand out from the crowd as less brilliant.

For a grind album, Dead Generation of Men blasts very little, instead dwelling in the “just fast” territory or playing some crusty d-beat. Since I imagine most of you aren’t that familiar with the band, you could imagine a slightly slower Rotten Sound or a less hardcore-ish Nistikko (both slated for a new album this year, FYI).

 

Grind tends to be a pretty unvaried genre. Don’t take that the wrong way – I love grind more than the guy next door (unless he’s Tyree) – I merely wish to point out that, comparatively, Dead Generation of Men is a very diverse album. Sure, the guitar tones are the same, the bass doesn’t venture much, and the vocals are ordinary, but Unborn Generation’s use of more crooked structures and rhythmic changes set them apart. Not only has the band’s songwriting become tighter, they’ve also changed things up a bit, and the album as a whole reaps the benefits. Some songs, like “Throne of Dismay”, venture into sludgier and slower territory than ever before, serving as breakdowns of sorts, which – even though this album runs under half an hour – are welcome changes of pace. I also have to mention the vocals – somewhere between Tomas Lindberg (if he dropped some of the bloodiness and added a little meat) and Aaron Mayes (if less raspy).

Now if you are like me, you enjoyed the new Napalm Death release. It had some of their best songs and very little filler material, but one thing was lacking. Edward may think that the album kept Napalm Death as the apex predator of grind, but I have to disagree, as there was no really grinding material to be heard on that album. It left me a little confuzzled and greatly embittered as my blood-to-grind-to-beer-ratio found itself dropping to alarming rates.

Worry no more, for Unborn Generation has released a Tier Three Grind Album™ for your listening (dis)pleasure. This album is getting mauled by The Beargod. It is being torn apart by wolves. It’s having your face rubbed with a pack knives. There are no surprises and no long kisses goodnight. There is no quarter. Now go buy this album here or at bandcamp or here.

NO FLUSH

(Images via via)

Did you dig this? Take a second to support Toilet ov Hell on Patreon!
  • Scrimm

    Oh man, delayed hangover is kicking in hard. No music for me for a while.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Did you drink two nights ago or did the hangover come later this morning? Lol

      • Scrimm

        Later this morning. That’s how it usually is for me, I wake up feeling just a bit shitty but it hits me later.

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          Still a bit buzzed in the morning, and then boom it hit’s you hard. Hate those!

          • Scrimm

            Always. Greasy fast food is helping.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Yeah, luckily I have a Sheetz near by where I live. I usually get 2 breakfast burritos and a giant ice tea for my weekend hangovers. Seems to help.

          • Scrimm

            Breakfast burritos>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I just got one of those giant breakfast sadwiches I posted a couple days ago.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Yeah Brah! Suasage, bacon, eggs, caramelized onions, chedder cheese (lots of it), and hot sauce.

          • VVayne Brady

            Mexican food is the best for a hangover.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Yup. Just a big pile of greasy slop.

          • Scrimm

            That’s the best thing about living here in north Mexico. 24 burrito shacks on almost every corner. I get a lot of chorizo.

          • Scrimm

            Damn.

          • more beer

            I`m glad you are still around to talk about it my friend.

          • CT-12

            Sheetz hahaha, seems fitting

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Ha, never thought of that before.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            In a hangover I can’t really eat anything, even if eating would have me feel better.

          • Scrimm

            Luckily this ones not THAT bad.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            That’s a regular hangover for me mate.

          • Scrimm

            I rarely get them, I usually stay really hydrated.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah it usually waits until i’m trying to do something too.

        • Ferris Mueller

          420, hydrate, carbs, repeat.

          • Scrimm

            Wish I could 420

          • Ferris Mueller

            Everyone short of active duty/on call should be able to IMO. But I also must abstain due to an upcoming job interview. Been hitting the bottle pretty hard lately as a substitute.

          • Scrimm

            Same here.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Finish grind is some filthy sounding gold. That guitar tone is was dose it. Nordling Rites ov Karhu, do you like the band Unkind? They are from Finland to I believe; Some sick sounding crusty D-ebeat with a some melancholy.

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      I dig some Unkind.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        You may dig this Finnish band. Has some of the member from Unkind. A bit more grindy though.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEMVW-gwesw

        • Never heard these guys before, good stuff. You are schooling me these past few days!

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Glad you like em. I think I found out about them from Unkind’s Facebook page.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I honestly think this band is some of the best grind around right now. Also Finnish.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ooSEFy2jEc

          • I enjoy that album. Hope they come out with something new soon.

          • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

            Didn’t Full of Hell use that photo for the cover of one of their noise albums?

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Yeah they did.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I don’t think I have listened to this band before, not much at least. But I like it.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          I definitely dig this too.

    • VVayne Brady

      I’ve definitely jammed some Unkind.

      • Tyreeling In The Years
        • sweetooth0

          UNKIND! I liked Harhakuvata a little more than Pelon Juuret though.

          http://unkindband.bandcamp.com/album/harhakuvat

          • sweetooth0

            They remind me a lot of Tragedy, which in my mind makes them awesome.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Yeah, very much so. Very bleak sounding aggression.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Do you like Martyrdöd at all? Also similar.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIEDImoWf0E

          • sweetooth0

            Yep. Pretty sure they’re rocking MDF this year too. Definitely looking forward to checking them out. Only thing I’m worried about over all with that fest is trying to run back and forth between venues and having to make some tough choices about which bands to see, and which I might have to skip to see another.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Yeah, every year I think I’m going to see all the bands that I want to. Never do though.

          • sweetooth0

            Is there quite a bit of festival foot traffic between venues? Based on google maps it looks like a pretty decent hike from Edison lot to the other two venues. My hotel is closer to the main venue, but there’s a lot of bands I want to see on Sound Stage (Agoraphobic mother fucking Nosebleed!!! Melt Banana!!!)

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            It’s not too bad. The city is filled with black shirted metal heads though. It’s like a 10 or 15 minute walk from Edison lot to the 2 other venues.

  • VVayne Brady

    Also on Spotify, my grindlings.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I ❤ Spotify. Molenaar hates it.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        I hate it too.

        • VVayne Brady

          Have you encountered any Bandcamp streaming walls yet?

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Not really. The Deathhammer problem is the only thing that is aggravating me now. But, that’s more the labels fault.

          • VVayne Brady

            Interesting. I encountered one the other day after streaming an album just two times. I think the days of free streaming are numbered.

          • Dagon

            It’s definitely not unlimited. I can’t listen to Satrndust anymore and their label needs to step the Spotify game up.

          • J.R.

            I was streaming that Arcane “Known/Learned” and it walled me out. Just gotta open that jam in an incognito window. I’ll buy it eventually, bandcamp, relax.

          • EsusMoose

            I’m assuming you mean when it stops letting you stream an album, as if that is it then I had that happen with Bloodshot dawns Demons. I eventually bought it anyways, still annoying.

          • VVayne Brady

            That is correct.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          The upvotes have it. Presently 3 for, 4 against.

      • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

        Spotify is love, Spotify is hate.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Great review, Bear God. I’d like to check out several of the albums referenced in this post.

  • Co-signing the no flush on this review. If you enjoy Scandinavian grind, this will satisfy your appetite.

    • VVayne Brady

      It is a tasty dish.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Also. Woah this!!!

    • sweetooth0

      God I want that! Believe it or not, raspberry jam on a hot dog is damn tasty. Had a peanut butter, jam and captain crunch dog at this place in Calgary that was amazing!

    • That looks disgusting.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    grind core exists
    betrayal—-your life—beaten down buddhists—cheating at poker
    all 3 at once–1st vid muted–2nd vid muted–3rd vid full vol
    https://youtu.be/idzFu8zEFYU

    https://youtu.be/xXwy879H5KI

    https://youtu.be/tH2w6Oxx0kQ

  • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

    Thank you for this Bear. This Grind is flowing through me like the beer through Tyree’s veins.