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Verse / Nasty Aggression


01. One Voice 02. Aggression 03. Rockets with a Message 04. Your Game 05. Generation Fuck 06. As the Blood Runs Cold 07. Strong 'n Cute 08. Skeletal 09. Kid's World 10. Imagine
2008 Bridge Nine Records, Good Life Recordings
Our score 3

6/11/2008

Metal isn't a genre that's well known for its finesse. I wish I had a dime every time I read the words "This album hits with all the subtlety of a [sledgehammer/cinderblock/jackhammer] to the face" in a metal review. And I'm pretty sure this is the kind of praise Belgium's Nasty were looking for when they wrote "Aggression." It's a shame they don't really deserve it. Nasty's major failing is their choice of genre. Meshing tough-guy hardcore with some death metal vocals isn't new ground by any stretch of the imagination, and ultimately Nasty spends the entire album trying to sound as heavy as possible. And yeah, they try. They try really fucking hard. But, no matter how often you do it, slowing down the track to a snail's pace and then palm muting like your right hand just fell asleep will never become the epitome of heaviness. It just makes you sound like you don't know how to play your instruments, and if this is your approach to every track, it comes across like you also haven't got that many songwriting ideas at your disposal. Instrumentally, "Aggression" is just as described above: Georgy Krupa chugs with such ferocity I wonder if he's ever accused his guitar of sleeping with his girlfriend.Drummer Christian Fritz does a pretty decent job of flouncing along with each track, offering as much variation on the same chugging gallop as he can, while Ludovic Gotal's basswork seems to be there just to give the double bass kick a bit of extra oomph.Matthias Tarnath snarls, rasps and growls his way through the muck, managing a few impressive moments, but is completely hampered by his nearly self-parodic tough-guy posturing. And while "Aggression" is little more than the same tired approach to sounding as faux-heavy as possible, the band has a small leg up on their peers in terms of vocal delivery. Cringeworthy fake death vocals abound, but every now and then the band bumps their head and remembers the "core" in deathcore. In these instances, they bring in a pinch vocalist to handle some of the duties, and, against all odds, manage to pull off a few compelling moments before sinking back into the overblown silliness of deathcore posturing. (Primarily on "As the Blood Runs Cold" and "Rockets with a Message") It might be a little unfair to fault a band for choosing a specific genre, but there's little to be done with self-aggrandizing hardcore that hasn't already been done by Hatebreed, Throwdown, et al. And melding it with some half-hearted death metal dabbling just doesn't help Nasty establish any identity beyond another trendy deathcore band. Bottom Line: Hampered by a completely static approach to songwriting and some downright lazy instrumental work, "Aggression" is a sub-par release, even for a deathcore record. And I mean, really, what more can I possibly say about a band whose debut album's cover art was a blood-covered microphone with brass knuckles attached to it The members of the population who haven't been recently lobotomized will probably stay away (save for morbid curiosity), and fans of "beatdown hardcore" are already texting their crews to come beat me up.

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anonymous 6/11/2008 10:22:35 PM

pirst fost!


anonymous 6/11/2008 10:27:15 PM

*110bpm chugs* *shitty trill* *chugs* *repeat*


Rynr_ 6/11/2008 10:27:44 PM

"But, no matter how often you do it, slowing down the track to a snail's pace and then palm muting like your right hand just fell asleep will never become the epitome of heaviness"


jebus_ 6/12/2008 12:07:41 AM

"...and fans of "beatdown hardcore" are already texting their crews to come beat me up." - HAHHAHAA


FRANKENSTEIN_ 6/12/2008 3:22:04 AM

Funny review. I'm sure its spot on.


Crews_ 6/12/2008 8:23:18 AM

text message to other crews: yo dawgs, we gotz ta beatdown this kid hardcore style. OMG LOL AMIRITE guys?!


Jamey Aggression_ 6/12/2008 10:47:54 AM

u f'ing shithd YDK the 1st thing abt hxc we put a lot of time & effrt into this CD and its one of the heaviest rlses of the year we bttr not catch u arnd at any shws cuz if my crw sees u youll wsh u nvr got out of bed that day oh & 2 evry1 who actually CARES abt this record lstn up! Thnks 2 evrybdy who bought it alrdy but 4 those who have not been able 2 find it try TARGET yes TARGET is stocking it 4 ONLY $7 and you get 2 CDS the bonus CD has new and rare tracks from HTBRD PRNG BDY CNT MRPHYS LW


vdburns_ 6/12/2008 3:17:09 PM

I don't think fans of "beatdown" will be so thrilled with it seeing as how they normally don't like "deathcore". Also, I don't think they have cell phones/know how to text, but that's besides the point.........


asaf_ 6/12/2008 4:42:25 PM

every deathcore review or hardcore review accuses the bands of "not knowing how to play their instruments." yet on the new veil of maya review you accuse them of "this is nothing more than a band who knows how to play their instruments." why dont you browse of theprp.com and read their reviews. it sounds like they have an idea what their talking about. lambgoat employees started their disc collection in 2003 after perseverance came out and now they know everything about the scene. not everything


theman_ 6/12/2008 5:52:54 PM

stop reviewing albums that you guys don't like, gays. nevertheless, this album deserved at least a 7/10.


Darnell_ 6/12/2008 6:48:08 PM

why is this gay no-name band from a gay no-name label reviewed on this gay site (by a gay)?


anonymous 6/12/2008 7:15:07 PM

every deathcore review or hardcore review accuses the bands of "not knowing how to play their instruments." yet on the new veil of maya review you accuse them of "this is nothing more than a band who knows how to play their instruments." why dont you browse of theprp.com and read their reviews. it sounds like they have an idea what their talking about. lambgoat employees started their disc collection in 2003 after perseverance came out and now they know everything about the scene. not everything


bloodyknuckles_ 6/12/2008 9:11:38 PM

I love this cd haha. No care what anyone thinks. People shouldn't care what anyone thinks except for themselves


thefaggot_ 6/12/2008 10:38:43 PM

i'm really getting tired of reading reviews of shit albums with shit ratings on lambgoat. review something good plz.


a faggot_ 6/12/2008 10:43:20 PM

i find this album to be very enjoyable


Your Mom_ 6/12/2008 11:05:05 PM

this isnt even deathcore..


thick_as_shit_ 6/13/2008 12:11:07 AM

and fans of "beatdown hardcore" are already texting their crews to come beat me up. Hahahaha, jokes.


anonymous 6/13/2008 4:06:51 AM

please review something anyone cares about. f*ck. no more albums with ratings below a 5.


EvilF22_ 6/13/2008 9:22:51 AM

every single person who has posted in here before me is a f*cking gay.


anonymous 6/13/2008 3:20:50 PM

what does the new korn cd HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOURE TALKING ABOUT?! YOU ARE A MORON!


Mr. Belgium_ 6/14/2008 8:15:28 AM

"beatdown hardcore" are already texting their crews to come beat me up. HAHA, if u knew one of these tough goons u'd be right. You can say whatever you want about the music, but their lyrics are close to retarded. And all the bands who got that tough thing goin on, its sad really.


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gtfo_ 8/19/2011 11:46:53 PM

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anonymous 8/4/2016 1:27:47 AM

Ha ha ha, dude... Why do you keep mentioning "Metal" in this review? Nasty are a Beatdown Hardcore band. The slow, mid-paced playing is the style of the music. I love when dudes who know absolutely nothing about a "genre" try to decipher it like they know anything at all. You should have just written "It's not my style, i don't like it". Go listen to your old Slayer albums in your basemaent you f*cking tard baby. Nasty are f*cking badass! X518 BeatdownX