Tracklist1. Red All Over
2. Under the Weight of the Wood
3. No Question, No Comment
4. Gold Digger
5. Compelled by Mediocrity
6. The Next Life
7. Dead Hope
8. Feign Ignorance
9. Mercy, Mercy
10. Malicious Guilt
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Supergroups, as amazing as they could (and should) be in theory, generally have a track record of being rather boring and mediocre, especially when compared to the original projects from which the members are known for. Thank goodness then for Murder Construct, a deathgrind supergroup who not only lives up to the expectations set by the members’ other projects, but also, in a way, surpasses them. Boasting a line-up that includes the legendary Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation), Caleb Schneider (Bad Acid Trip), Kevin Fetus (Watch Me Burn), and last but certainly not least, freakin’ Leon del Muerte and Danny Walker of Intronaut and Exhumed fame, Murder Construct have released a monster of a debut album with Results, and it is without a doubt one of the premiere grind albums released thus far in 2012.
Results is a dense, relentless, and intelligent album which will require your full attention. From the opening feedback of “Red All Over” to the final piano outro of “Resultados,” the sheer chaos and merciless musicality on display here is a test of endurance, but one that is undertaken with little difficulty. This album is a modern throwback to the days when grind was mean and its main purpose was musical and thematic shock value, the days when names such as Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and Repulsion reigned supreme. This is deathgrind with a little more emphasis on the grind than the death; there are inhuman blast beats and dissonant, punishing riffs galore throughout Results, but Murder Construct balance these trademark grindcore characteristics with just enough death metal influence to keep them from crossing the line into straight-up death metal territory, and the results are fantastic; 11 unpredictably destructive songs, only three clocking in at more than 2 and a half minutes, and each containing a distinct personality of their own.
Speaking of distinct personalities, Murder Construct contains within its roster three members in particular who further develop their distinct musical voices and cement themselves as some of the most versatile musicians around. Travis Ryan laid down his deathly barks for another excellent grind release this year (his main band, Cattle Decapitation’s Monolith of Inhumanity), and although the vocals on Results don’t stray too far from his performance on Monolith, it is just as impressive a performance, complete with his signature gutturals and velociraptor shrieks. Worth mentioning is also Ryan’s deranged style of melodic “singing,” which he depends on to deliver some seriously catchy lines, such as those found on “Red All Over” and “Compelled By Mediocrity,” the latter of which showcases Ryan’s lyrical genius and takes a stab at the state of the modern music industry.
Next up is twisted guitarist and Murder Construct mastermind Leon del Muerte who, on Results, has written some of the most mind-bending and cut-throat riffs in recent memory. Perhaps best known for his work in Phobia, Exhumed, and Intronaut’s critically-acclaimed debut Void, he is a vastly underrated guitar player and self-proclaimed “gun-for-hire” who will hopefully gain the recognition he deserves with Results. His seamless transitions between grindy walls of chords (“Feign Ignorance”) and sharp death metal riffs (“Gold Digger) suggest that he was exposed to the best of both worlds as a guitar player, and this contrast of brutality keeps the listener on their toes throughout the duration of Results. Last but not least is Danny Walker, who is rapidly becoming a legend in the drumming world, and rightly so. I could go into great detail about his mastery of the kit and why his performance on Results is nothing short of breathtaking, but just as with his work in Intronaut, his fluid beatdowns and calculated pounding will speak for itself.
Murder Construct has a doozy of a debut on their hands with Results. I’ve listened to it at least 10 times and I’m still absorbing all there is to offer within its grimy confines, and for an album that clocks in with a running time of less than 30 minutes, that’s saying a lot. The intelligent songwriting, the impressive musicianship, the crushing production, and the addictive nature of the album make this a surefire release destined to make it onto several year-end lists. Buy Results when it comes out, play it at maximum volume, and bask in the gasped looks you’re bound to receive from unsuspecting bystanders.