This one is strictly for grind fanatics. Assuck blast through fifteen songs
of straightforward, unpretentious grindcore in just a tad over fifteen
minutes. Because of its shortness, I hesitate to call "Misery Index" an
album proper, more like an EP, although, for me, it's a rather positive
thing. I am not a grindcore zealot, which means that there is only so much
of it that I can take. If I listen to an album with something like forty
songs on it, I will inevitably get bored unless the band is very good, and we
all know that for every good band there are two hundred thousand crappy ones.
When I put "Misery Index" on, though, I get a quick quarter of an hour
grind-fix and feel very happy indeed.
The music here is alright for a grind band. The sound may be generic
because of the Morrisound production, but it's also very heavy and massive,
so I really can't complain. Musically, Assuck managed to, some extent, avoid
the usual grindcore blemish when the songs turn into one monotonous flow, and
there is nothing you can do but give up on it. Here, the band came up with
some pretty good riffs, a few start-stop rhythmic shifts, and tempo
variations that go from slow grinding parts to the fast blast beats. I still
can't tell the songs apart from each other, but that's how grindcore is,
so... Grind fans will find this to their liking while everyone else can
safely pass on it.
© 2000 boris