God Mother deliver 30 minutes of unpredictable, vitriolic chaos on their new, Dillinger Escape Plan-approved full-length recording, Vilseledd.
This Swedish outfit’s sound a violent collision between elements of mathcore, grind and hardcore, resulting in a truly spastic and battering brand of metallic madness. Whether the band chooses a more angular approach à la Botch, or opts for disemboweling grind in the vein of Nasum, there is always a sense of volatility and freneticism with their songs. A God Mother track might begin one way, but it is not guaranteed to end the same way.
On their sophomore album, Vilseledd, God Mother‘s frantic nature and seething aggression are increased tenfold, making its predecessor Maktbehov look like a run-of-the-mill hardcore record in comparison. No matter how brief the songs may be, God Mother make every second hit hard as possible across these 14 tracks.
With the opening one-two punch of “Dödfödd” and “By the Millions”, it becomes immediately apparent that Vilseledd is out for blood. The 30-second, flesh-ripping dissonant burst of “Dödfödd” bleeds directly into the gritty angularity of “By the Millions”. Malformed hardcore grooves lurch and morph into feverish, sliding noise riffs as hyperactive drumming and muscular bass lines keep the wounds bleeding. All this mayhem is propelled by frontman Sebastian August Campbell’s throat-searing vocals that drip with anguish and spite.
The bloodshed and carnage continue in shorter, more grindcore oriented cuts such as “Acrid Teeth” and “Anti Anthem”. These 60-second powerhouses are teeming with high octane, buzzsaw riffs and thunderous blast beats that will appease fans of fellow Swedes Nasum or Finland’s Rotten Sound. But just like with the rest of this record, anything remotely straightforward is eventually swallowed by chaos. The HM-2 fueled grind assaults on these tunes are soon reshaped by dissonance and spiraling angularity, altering the tracks for more dynamic effect.
As the songs increase in length, their intensity increase as well. The turbulent “Tar Mirror” is an unpredictable beast of a track that features three distinct, interwoven sections of off-kilter, Botch-esque angularity, high-speed hardcore stampedes and Swedish death metal-inspired grinding fury. Tracks like “10,000 År” are filled to the brim with nauseating rhythmic shifts and disfigured, sliding and writhing dissonant riffs that are sure to make listeners dizzy, not to mention pummel them half to death. Then there are thrashing cuts like “Caved In”, which feature plenty of galloping, mosh-worthy hardcore that gradually transform into lumbering sludge breakdowns.
Vilseledd remains stylistically grounded in the realms of hardcore and mathcore, but manages to make each of its tracks distinctly different from one another in some form or fashion. Albums such as this can sometimes fall prey to derivative songwriting that makes the entire product sound like a blur of riffs, but God Mother avoids this damn near perfectly by crafting 14 dynamic and volatile tracks. Listeners will constantly be kept on their toes and unprepared for, yet welcoming of the beating the next track will bring them.
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Label: Party Smasher, Inc.
Favorite Tracks: “By the Millions”, “Tar Mirror”, “No Return”, “Caved In” and “Carve Them”
For Fans Of: Botch, Converge and Warsawwasraw