White Spot – I Had the Best for a Little While
Louisiana’s prolific one-man noise machine Marcus Lemoine has returned in 2016 with yet another release under his White Spot moniker. For those uninitiated, White Spot is a raw, tumultuous project that casually nods to the heyday of Amphetamine Reptile, but makes it a point to offer its own spin on the noise rock genre. It’s damaged, psychotic and punishing, as all good noise rock should be. Following two seven-track releases in 2015, Lemoine delivers the newest White Spot release, titled I Had the Best for a Little While. Once again featuring seven new tracks, I Had the Best for a Little While shows Lemoine really coming into his own. While previous releases have been stylistically varied, this new effort is sonically consistent throughout and flows together well. With the exception of two short noise pieces, each track provides a thick, muscular beating. The first assault, “Skip the Birth”, kicks off the album and sets the stage for the madness to come. Bellowing, bruising bass lines lock into a sludgy groove throughout the cacophonous track, while drug-addled guitars regurgitate swelling and writhing noise within the song’s thick cloud of sound. Lemoine’s mumbling, slurring, drunken vocals prove to be the icing on this mentally-unstable affair. “Waste Not” follows next with more thunderous bass lines and scraping, Jesus-Lizard-esque guitars. The tune cycles between steady-paced AmRep dirges and pure, swirling chaos during its four-minute time frame. The fourth track, “Laden”, stands out of the pack with its melodic, aberrated post-punk riffs that swim in a sea of kaleidoscopic noise. The album ends with the one-two punch of “One and the Same” and “Entirety”. “One and the Same” unleashes malformed punk instrumentation, while “Entirety” closes the record with walls of guitar generated noise. I Had the Best for a Little While is a great little record that fans of noise rock in all its shapes and sizes can enjoy. It’s a tad odd, heavy and most of all, noisy as hell. Lemoine has created his best White Spot release to date. Hopefully, he will continue along this path toward greatness.
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Skip the Birth”
For Fans of: Unsane, The Jesus Lizard and God Bullies
W R I T H E – W R I T H E
In a mere six-minutes, W R I T H E will have listeners’ skulls bashed open and bleeding out onto the floor. W R I T H E is the grindcore project of Australian musician Sam Dishington, who is probably best known for his work in Separatist. His debut self-titled EP under this new moniker is full of what grind fans crave; unbridled violence. The release features five short tracks that bleed seamlessly into one another, making for non-stop aural pulverization. The EP is bookended by two, buzzing instrumentals that are both simply titled “-“. These pieces churn out chugging, sludge-ridden, HM-2 soaked riffs that will beat listeners senselessly. But the meat of the record is the three tracks in between the instrumentals; “Silent”, “Malice” and “Failure”. Bestial guitars conjure blistering, flesh-ripping riffs at high octane speeds at a moment’s notice. It’s fitting that the project is called W R I T H E, because that’s just what the instrumentation does. The riffs twist and turn at varying speeds and rhythms, while a hellacious drum machine carries out its programmed percussive annihilation. These hyperactive, down-tuned grind blitzkrieg always eventually lead to groove-laden, Nails-esque beatdowns that will have people punching each other to their hearts’ content. W R I T H E is a brief listen, but a satisfying one nonetheless. Grindcore fans of all walks of life should definitely give this release a change. Hopefully Dishington has some more grind up his sleeve for the years to come.
Release Date: January 3, 2016
Favorite Track: “Failure”
For Fans Of: Nails, Pig Destroyer and Rotten Sound