De Anarkistiske An(n)aler
That gimp-masked lion on the cover (a nod to Norway’s coat of arms) comes bearing a bad attitude, a dildo and entire gym bag full of rechargeable Durcaells, a ball gag, nipple clips and a roll of duct tape on Parlamentarisk Sodomi’s second long player. One man fuck fiend Papirmollen pokes, prods and pisses in every orifice Norway’s reigning unicameral body has to offer with 12 new songs that sound like Terrorizer frozen in carbonite in 1986 and Buck Rogersed into the 21st Century with nary a trace of freezer burn in the process. As with Har Du Sagt "A" Får Du Si "Nal," prominent Norwegian parliamentarians get called out for a bit of verbal BDSM and in a brilliant nod to Carcass of yore, all of the solos are named. The first side of this vinyl treat brings all the breathless brutality that made Parlamentarisk Sodomi one of the standouts of 2008. “Styeg Urban Uvirkeugaet” and “Jeun Oslo Med Joroa” both rip from the get go serving up equal portions of Pintado grind and Hanneman/King whammy bar abuse soloing over flailing trash can drumming.
But it’s side B where things get genuinely interesting. Beginning with a near-Locust calliope-core riff, the nearly 11 minute “Klaebukranikene (de Anarkistiske An(n)aler)” just might be one of the most ambitious, excoriating pieces of up tempo music I’ve heard since Disfear decided to pen a 9 minute d-beat tune. Clearly An(n)aler’s centerpiece and highlight, the song careens through hopscotching grindcore and classic European thrash motifs pierced by a snarling, slightly trebled doublepicked bandsaw riff over top and stitched with cymbal clutching goodness. There have been 10 minute grind albums that couldn’t hold my attention beyond a listen or two, but “Klaebukranikene’s” Louis Black smoking an eight ball intensity grabs me by the face, comes up with some Clockwork Orange equivalent gizmo for me ears and forces to me to fucking pay attention.
If there is any album that could potentially wrest Wormrot’s hard won grindcore crown from them this year, it would likely be De Anarkistiske An(n)aler. And I don’t say that just because Papirmollen mentioned *cough* a certain blog *ahem* in his thank you list. (Dude, that just made my decade).
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