Nothing More to Eat
I have previously mentioned I love zombies, right? So naturally I’m a sucker for Finns Nothing More to East’s tasty little Swede-inflected grind platter because it starts with “Surrounded by Zombies” and then takes a detour to visit the “Crackwhore Zombies.”
For a self-released effort, Eat’n's nine songs of Scandi-grind sounds impressively large and well rounded. The comparisons to Rotten Sound and Nasum will be inevitable, though Nothing More to Eat still have quite a ways to climb before aspiring to those rarefied heights. But the band’s demented sense of humor and infectious blasting make this a more than adequate addition to the growing pile of northern European grind. “Mo’ Money” teases both tempo and intensity, shifting through their various moods for emphasis, and “Hit That Shit With a Stick” skronks and scrapes admirably. “Hello” fills the obligatory two second song niche, and it’s about everything you can expect from a two second song. For all their blatant influences, Nothing More to Eat do toss out the occasional detour like the jigging ditty at the end of “Crab People,” an otherwise spittle-flecked grind lashing. The start and stop on a thin kroner emphasis of “Shit Faced,” which brings up the rear, is easily the most engaging and all around well written of the lot.
Nothing More to Eat – “Shit Faced”
Thing start slipping in the quality department, however, with “The Giant Octopus of the Gulf of Finland,” which also fulfills the inevitable slow song requirement with a plodding and dull opening section. Interest picks up with the BPMs halfway through the song.
So for a self-released EP from an up and comer, it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but nothing is so egregiously wrong that I couldn’t see Nothing More to Eat growing up and refining their songwriting. Just don’t lose the zombies. I’m a sucker for that shit.
[Full disclosure: The band sent me a review CD.]