Album Review

Frightener – “Guillotine” – [Chainsaw Safety]

whngr   8/4/2021   A Library, CD

Modern Crossover Carnage

Technically adept and leaning into the brutality, this band from the U.K. may have been accused of failing to till the newest of soils (online sleuthing will reveal comedic discourse by etiolate contrarians) but what Frightener did was from the heart, emphatic and visceral. References to Napalm Death, Rorschach, and Terrorizer may be apt but perhaps lack appreciation of the ardently defended territory (if relatively confined and obdurate) they managed to eek out during their fairly brief existence. Blinding speed, relentless rage, snapping necks, short hair, sweat, blood, madness, despair. Detuned, mid-tempo lumbering gallops, fury, blast beats and allusions to ancient Greece from this five-piece outta London (I believe) circa 2006. 

FCC on track 5 – Fall of Delphi – “fucking”.

FCC on track 9 – Heretic – “fucking”.

FCC on track 10 – Acheron – “fucking”.

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