Friday, November 6, 2009

G&P Review: Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation

Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation
Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation
Six Weeks
I think the internet needs a new law akin to those penned by Mssrs. Poe and Godwin that stipulates any metal, no matter how brutal or vile, played by a pack of young Japanese ladies is just too damn adorable. Gallhammer gave blackened, crusty doom the Hello Kitty treatment last year and now estrogen-augmented quartet Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation bring the adorable to basement sleaze grindcore. Armed with the Insect Warfare seal of approval and some hefty verbiage, Flagitious Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation rip through 17 hunks of grind hewed from the same quarry that birthed 324.
Kyoko, the guitarist who penned all the band’s songs, has the focus and confidence to go full on raunch rock with “In the Gray Room” or to get her Stephen O’Malley on for the bulk of the droned out teaser “Unvoiced.” Bassist Kanako has the brass-bound ovaries to bite the classic bass line from Carcass’ “Ruptured in Purulence” on “Studeny Kilh” and Tomoko throws enough hiccups and twirls to keep the drums from being monotonous but too often she sounds like she’s whacking on a two-by-four with a pair of chopsticks.
And that’s the real hindrance here.
Unfortunately, these spunky punk salmon are swimming upstream against their own horrible production job. Self-produced, F.I.D. have no one to blame for the murk that swamps their otherwise awesome tunes. Everything gets shoved behind a trebly guitar and frontwoman Makiko’s yelps. Remember that killer bass line? Savor it because you won’t be hearing from Kanako again. She gets lost in the flattened murk that compresses any texture and dimension the songs may otherwise boast.
I bet these songs slay live, but those of us who don’t have the yen to fly over for a Tokyo basement party will just have to make do with our imaginations. But color me stoked for their second album.


brutalex said...

This band rules and that IW split is beyond killer stuff.

But hasn't one of the original members has been replaced by a member of the opposite sex? Or is someone just lying to me? I MUST KNOW.

Unknown said...

I'm disappointed by the IW split after hearing FID 2004 demo.
I would agree with your assessment of the production, but it really reminds me of some of the DA recordings, it just sounds "bad" for FID because they actually have a bass player.
And I thinkg brutalalex is right about having a man in the band now. Someone could just look at their Myspace, but we're all far too busy for that aren't we?

206 said...

Yeah they have a guy from the States on guitars. He's from New York I believe. They are in the process of writing new material.

Andrew Childers said...

whatever the band make up, i hope this time they're smart enough to pay somebody to produce the damn album for them cuz they sure as hell can't do it for themselves.

Anonymous said...

not a horrible album but not gonna make it onto any top five lists either. shitty production aside still love novelty factor i guess (does that make me wack ;p?) cool as fuck to hear some chicks to make noise like this in such a male dominated arena