North Arlen Grind Society
North Arlen Grind Society's incredibly rough demo-sounding EP is probably cool enough to pass around to friends and maybe book them a weekend basement show over in neighboring McMaynerberry, but if this King of the Hill-themed grind duo is ever going to get the hell out of Heimlich county, they'll need to invest in a better recording session. A couple more months selling propane and propane accessories should put enough scratch in their pockets to show off their songs in their best light.
The duo's lowbrow homebrew recording has a trebly, frosty shriek about the swirling guitars and evil wizard howl that would probably bowl over the super trve black metal hordes, but this is billed as grind (sez so right in the name), so the distant drums and the lack of any low register oomph means North Arlen Grind Society just don't quite kick you in the nuts the way they should. There are the rudiments of some pretty good songs here if they weren't fighting the production. Somebody like thedowngoing could make magic with this kind of caterwauling, but a little more clarity would do Arlen Grind Society's songs a world of good. The keening middle section of "One Town Tour With Thunderhorse," smack dab in the middle of the EP, is a nice exclamation point, a searing breakdown that shows North Arlen Grind Society might have some range beyond factory ordered blastbeats and an anthill full of stinging riffs. Right now, they're not quite bringing the noise that will make Hank Hill kick your ass. What they need now is a production job to bring out the BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
[Full disclosure: the band sent me a download.]