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No God

Japan Country of Origin: Japan

No God
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Type: EP
Release Date: 1991
Label: Battle Planning
Genre: Death, Hardcore
1. Break The Face Moral
2. No God
3. Guillotine Terror
4. Real Assailant
5. Final Warning

Review by Carl on August 20, 2023.

A cover with the name Guillotine Terror and a reversed cross on it, that just seems tailor-made to grab the attention of any underground metalhead for sure. I did not know what to expect, but curiosity got the best of me, blindly bought it, and I'm happy to conclude that this is a killer little platter for sure!

Guillotine Terror deal in a volatile mixture of old school death metal in the way of early stuff by Massacre, Death and Morgoth, with a big helping of Disrupt, Extreme Noise Terror and Doom style crustcore thrown in, but Macabre and S.O.B. are in there as well. This is some awesome and violent stuff, driving the point home by means of pounding percussion, simple but great fuzzed-out riffing and hoarse barking vocals. Slower sections do spring up here and there, but their role is more that of a build up to the thrashing parts. The songs are short and energetic, keeping it simple and effective in their execution, and the focus stays on energetic aggression, not far-fetched musical niceties. It's certainly no high art, but it's awesome in its straightforward approach.

The production is that of a true underground product from around that time: not great, but it gets the job done. The guitars could have been louder in the mix, and the vocals a little less, but it does manage to keep the overall performance energetic enough. This type of sound mix works well with the crusty death/thrash the band has on offer, and it manages to maintain the punkish energy well enough to keep it all convincing throughout. It is a bit on the silent side, but that problem is solved by a yank to the right on the volume knob.

This is a fun little platter that has old school extreme metal and underground nostalgia neatly wrapped up in a nice package. Original this ain't, and it wasn't back in 1991 either, but the energy and awesome underground vibe emanating from this EP do the job well enough for me!

Rating: 8 out of 10