In just a short amount of time, Washington grinders The Drip have proven themselves to be a formidable force within the scene.
Faithfully nodding to the old school and modern incarnations of the genre alike, the Richland quintet craft a bleak and crushing style of grindcore that never skimps on brutality or groove. Though the band have only a handful of releases under their belt, their product is solid enough to grab the attention of Agoraphobic Nosebleed‘s Jay Randall and his Grindcore Karaoke net label, and the revered Relapse Records. All of this slow-burning success aided in building anticipation for their full-length debut, which they proudly bestow upon the extreme music world in the form of The Haunting Fear of Inevitability.
The record comes 10 years after the band first came together and though it has been a grueling decade-long wait for some, The Drip delivers all of the goods with this 32-minute powerhouse. The band churn out 13 blistering tracks that relentlessly bombard the senses, not allowing listeners any time to breathe or think.
The Haunting Fear of Inevitability builds upon 2014’s A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics‘ dark, grimy sound, turning the disemboweling heaviness up to 11 and tastefully exploring other sonic pathways not present on its predecessor. Tracks like “Blackest Evocation” and “Anathema” showcase The Drip doing what The Drip does best; conjuring a blackened maelstrom of blast beats and bludgeoning riffs that always bleeds into groove-laden beatdowns worthy of hip-displacing spin kicks.
Shorter numbers like “Gruesome Poetics, “Exile” and “Terror War Industry” condense The Drip‘s gritty grind into quick bursts of buzzsaw guitar riffs, hellacious drumming and venomous vocals. Grind tracks of this caliber more often than not devolve into a blur of guitar regurgitations and percussive tantrums. But thanks to the band’s emphasis on writing memorable riffs, and Joel Grind’s clear production, every note is audible for maximum bloodshed.
With all of the buzzsaw riffs and grooves, one could make the mistake of assuming The Drip are just another band simply paying homage to acts like Rotten Sound and Nasum. Upon closer inspection, listeners will find that the band have more interesting tricks up their sleeve.
The menacing “Dead Inside”, for example, is full of blackened angularity and lurching, dissonant crawls. “Painted Ram” begins like a good ol’ flesh-ripping grind ditty before climaxing with a procession of dismal, yet melodic marching chords. Tracks like “Wretches” lets the blood-soaked death metal influence shine bright, while “Bone Chapel” is a gruesome amalgam of black metal, crust and, naturally, grind.
The Haunting Fear of Inevitability is the first great grind record of the year. For half an hour, The Drip wreck everything in their path and do so without a single flinch. It delivers something very familiar, but is smart enough to know when to switch things up to avoid becoming stale. It is an unyielding, angry release that is equally filthy, dark and memorable. It may have taken 10 years, but this may be start of something special for The Drip.
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Label: Relapse Records
Favorite Tracks: “Blackest Evocation”, “Anathema”, “Dead Inside”, “Exile” and “Consigned to Fate”
For Fans Of: Wake, Rotten Sound, Brutal Truth and Kill the Client