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Backstabbers Inc. While You Were Sleeping

2001 Trash Art!
Our score 6

by Alex

Formed in July of 2000, by former members of Piecemeal and Hassan | Sabbah, this New Hampshire outfit originally played under the name Life Passed On. This is the band's second EP, the first being their self-titled 7" on Cadmium Sick Records. This release is only sixteen minutes long, but the band doesn't waste much time drilling straight through your senses with their bludgeoning blend of hardcore grind-thrash (whatever). The first track is really something to behold. The blistering arrangement combines the low-end brutality of Eighteen Visions with the maniacal intensity of the Dillinger Escape Plan. It's one of those songs you really must hear to believe. According to the CD's insert, the track actually appears to be two separate tracks. The first "half" is called "Suicide song for the small town purple heart recipient" while the second is titled "Upon completing your application to the club of indifference". We're not sure if this counts as one track or two, but who cares. Unfortunately, the rest of the effort can't maintain the dizzying pace of the opener, but that's ok, there's still plenty of good stuff crammed onto this EP. Moreover, these guys are apparently out to make some lyrical points. The following track, "File under hostility", begins with 'Every time I punch that clock, I feel another layer of skin fall from these fingertips, the prints are almost gone, just another step in losing my f*cking individuality'. Pretty pointed stuff. There are also additional explanations after each track, which is cool. Musically, Backstabbers Inc is not for the weak-hearted. There's no melody and little to grasp from an accessibility standpoint. But then again, that was obviously the band's intention. Sandwiched between several movie audio samples are screaming vocals, severely down-tuned guitars, chaotic drums, and enough tempo changes to make a stunt pilot vomit. Appropriately enough, the brief EP ends with Al Pacino (a sample that is) ranting over echoed-out shrieks and guitar chords. Bottom Line: Beneath the heavy-as-hell music exists some fairly engaging social commentary. Using this type of cacophony as a vehicle for their obvious discontent adds an element of hopelessness to the entire effort. In other words, if you're in a bad mood, don't put this CD in your rotation. This stuff is heavy, scary, and quite interesting.

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will fucking evans_ 12/2/2004 10:06:33 PM

this album is near perfect. never has anger been manifested through music in such a volatile manner.