Feed Them Death – For Our Culpable Dead

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: https://bruciarecords.com
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://bruciarecords.bandcamp.com/album/for-our-culpable-dead
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/bruciarecords

Band Line-up:

Void: Everything, except for a few layers of noise in “For Our Culpable Dead” by Davide Destro (LaColpa / MacabroDio).

Tracklisting:

1. A Subjective Tragedy
2. For Our Culpable Dead
3. The Unattainable Joy

 

 

 

 

Review:

Feed Them Death are an avant-garde death/grind band on Brucia Records, who formed in 2017. They will be releasing their ‘For Our Culpable Dead’ EP on 2nd November, 2020. It expands on their experimental roots by incorporating the heaviness of sludgy doom metal, black metal, harsh noise, drone, industrial music and hardcore punk. The whole sound is raw and aggressive, highly dissonant and a complete racket. One song is inspired by the myth of Faust and the other two are based on the writings of T. Adorno. It’s just a shame the vocals can’t possibly be deciphered. 

Let’s cut to the chase – this music is not pleasing to listen to. In contrast, it seems the musicians are hell bent on creating the ugliest sound possible. Who knows why. Maybe their antipsychotics have lost their effectiveness. We’ve all been there. It’s hard to say why anyone would want to listen to this stuff, in fact. Are the fans of FTD so bored with contemporary music, they have to turn to material that sometimes sounds like it was written by a disturbed 5 year old, mindlessly pressing on various piano keys? (Track 2, ‘For our culpable dead’ has that interesting idea). Joking aside, there is some skill in the composition throughout the album and certainly in the wild performance of the drummer, but Christmas is coming up isn’t it? Just cheer up.

The short lead guitar parts on the third track may seem random at first, but they do make sense with repeated listens. That’s lucky as they get repeated quite a lot in the song. You may even grow to love them as they are daring, different and even catchy in a weird way. You still have to be open minded about them though, and if you don’t like atonality, you will certainly find them to be a bit rubbish. It’s also pretty cool the way the guitar parts just discussed get transferred to the bass later on in the song. It may not seem like it to many, but this stuff is FAR from random.  

In conclusion it seems FTD are trying to win the ugliest music in the world competition, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they won. It’s good they’re trying to do something new and some of the atonality is strangely effective, but if these guys ever become successful, I will eat my shoes. It’s simply not going to happen. The creativity that went into the music is a strong point and the drummer is perfectly competent, but I will only ever listen to this album again by mistake. If you genuinely like avant-garde music, you may well love this stuff, but it’s not really recommended listening for typical extreme metal fans. They’re TOO extreme. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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