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Black Arrows of Filth and Impurity 1984 (Eternal)

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01. Pearl Harbor Necklace 02. Damn, Girlfriend, That Napalm Exfoliates As It Burns 03. Nvclear Facelift (Mantra of the Maggot) 04. If Shit Were Gold, the Poor Wouldn't Have Assholes 05. Death Creeps on the Come-Up (1984 Eternal) 06. Survivors Envy the Dead 07. Your Noise Is Weak
2009 Gilead Media
Our score 5

by Nick
11/4/2009

I can't help but smirk when looking through the "black" section of my record collection. Black Cobra, Black Cross, Black Dahlia Murder, Black Elk, Black Flag, Black Ships, Black Widows, Blacklisted. So what the hell, let's throw Indianapolis' Black Arrows of Filth and Impurity into the mix. 1984 (Eternal) presents a pretty convincing mixture of technical grind, chaotic hardcore, and general dissonance in its first five tracks. It's a frenzied blend of everything from Crowpath and Pig Destroyer to Premonitions of War and The Red Chord. Take the 90 some seconds of "Nvclear Facelift (Mantra of the Maggot)" as an excellent example, as its lightning fast grind intro jams right up against a massive discordant breakdown, only to dissolve back into another frantic grind period for the conclusion. "If Shit Were Gold, the Poor Wouldn't Have Assholes" excels even more at a similar mix of tricks, thanks to a massive, sludgy riff popping up at around the 30 second mark. If you're in the mood for some truly grimy chaotic metal that's almost completely devoid of metal, these first five tracks (coming to around ten minutes of music) are for you. But what about the rest Oh yeah, those two tracks coming in on the tail end ("Survivors Envy the Dead" and "Your Noise Is Worthless") pull a complete one-eighty and take the listener on over a half-hour of dreary, ambient soundscapes and doomy noise. The complete change in direction is to be admired -- it's almost as if Pig Destroyer attempted to stick two Merzbow tracks at the end of a record -- but there's one glaring problem: the two tracks are almost entirely forgettable. Sure, much of what falls under the umbrella of noise and experimental metal is certainly an acquired taste, but bands that kick ass at it still come off as having a very clear, albeit slow-developing, sense of direction. Save for roughly 5-6 minutes of cohesive material in "Survivors Envy the Dead," the latter 75% of this record is just a droning mess. It's confusing as to whether or not anything beyond the shock value of such a drastic change is really trying to be accomplished here. The truth is, it just sounds like the band had an extra half hour of tape to let their guitars aimlessly feedback through a wash of random electronic effects for the majority of the time. If you'd like to treat the first five tracks of 1984 (Eternal) as their own separate entity, Black Arrows' release boils down to a relatively solid grind EP. But the consumer in me says that a record that is this bloated with forgettable content is a tough sell. Bottom Line: Black Arrows of Filth and Impurity's 1984 (Eternal) is a reasonably good fit for both the grind crowd and the chaotic metalcore crowd, provided neither expects the 42 minutes of this release to directly translate into 42 minutes of content. This shows a lot of promise, but it's definitely a mixed bag.

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double_ 11/4/2009 4:34:24 PM

i stopped reading after 'i can't help but smirk'


dropthepin_ 11/4/2009 4:45:10 PM

You are obviously deaf.


anonymous 11/4/2009 5:13:59 PM

ome truly grimy chaotic metal that's almost completely devoid of metal ??


Fur_Beach11_ 11/4/2009 6:27:39 PM

Wow Nick, omg, im like totally impressed by your awesome black titled records! Im usually not a hater like everyone else on you Nicholas but Jesus what a stupid f*cking way to start a review, you come off as a pompous idiot. Taint


Jamey of Filth and Impuri_ 11/4/2009 7:03:44 PM

You f*cking shithead. You don't know the first thing about grindcore and chaotic metalcore; we put a lot of time and effort into this CD, and it's one of the heaviest releases of the year. We better not catch you around at any shows, because if my crew sees you, you'll wish you never got out of bed that day. Oh, and to everyone who actually CARES about this record, listen up! Thanks to everybody who bought it already but for those who have not been able to find it, try TARGET, yes TARGET is stoc


chamber_ 11/4/2009 7:38:57 PM

the reviews for this cd always seem to make abundant mention of the last two tracks as if anyone thought anything past the beginning of track 6 is worth listening. guess what, the reviewers are the only ones who listened to the whole f*cking thing. once the music stops on six, put it back on one and don't worry your pretty little head, don't furrow your sweet brow. gays, the lot of ya


Godfather_ 11/4/2009 7:45:16 PM

This came out 3 years ago.


NuPUnk182_ 11/4/2009 8:22:16 PM

This is street music


Curiousbedfellow_ 11/4/2009 9:04:09 PM

Nick!~ just curious, have you ever given a 10/10 on this site? I tried looking but got bored and figured you could answer. just curious t-ts


ipaintmycrimes_ 11/4/2009 10:48:34 PM

you forgot Blackstreet


zero_x_potential_ 11/4/2009 11:31:07 PM

You don't have any Sabbath, no read.


hotaction_ 11/5/2009 12:40:40 AM

You don't have any Sabbath, no read. posted by zero_x_potential () on 11/4/2009 11:31:07 PM beat me to it


mooose_fart_ 11/5/2009 1:01:03 AM

my chain wallet is in the shop.


Godfather_ 11/5/2009 10:11:29 AM

I regularly take this album and shove it in my ass and pretend its a huge throbbing weiner.


odinsword_ 11/5/2009 1:04:09 PM

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Shitheel_ 11/5/2009 3:50:16 PM

This albums been around for a long time you claude. And you still pull it out from the shelves to talk shit? Your time would be better spent Reviewing The Red Chords new album.


bobby flay_ 11/5/2009 6:14:33 PM

i like this album, better than a 5


TA_ 11/5/2009 10:59:14 PM

stupid song titles no care


anonymous 11/6/2009 12:44:14 PM

E. 1999 Eternal >


penis_ 11/16/2009 8:28:32 PM

total meh band from Indiana, like most bands from Indiana...


Jockstraps4All_ 12/22/2009 9:08:19 PM

Anyone who likes Coalesce is a serious gay


anonymous 12/5/2010 11:38:43 AM

guess theres no room on lambgoat for nasty grind noize, figures. all you gays push that boring black metal meets godflesh bullshit anyway.