Released: 2009, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Blast + anus = Blastanus. Clever? Yes, sure… (*rolls eyes*)
These four Finnish grind terrorists in Blastanus are fucking extreme, at least as far as their take on technical death-grind is concerned. The guys swim in the same storming and killing waters musically as Dillinger Escape Plan, Origin, Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage and Rotten Sound, i.e., if you like - or love the style those aforementioned bands represent, then I guess here´s a pretty good run for your money. Yeah, Rotten Sound is great – so is Hate Eternal´s first album in my opinion, but then the rest… uh, just meh! Not for me. I neither like nor love any of the rest of these listed bands above.
Blastanus blasts out 16 songs in about 35-minutes on their debut album, titled ODD, causing somewhat mixed feelings in my mind whether I should like this stuff or not. As the name of the band already tells loud and clear, there´s lots of typical yet mandatory blast beat stuff involved with the band´s grinding death(/black) metal stuff, which is at least partly executed pretty well. But then again, some of that stuff is just straight from a stinking, ripped anus – just like the name of this group suggests loud and clear once again. What I find good about the album, the songs show actually a lot of variation, even genre-wise I think. They can even do their black metal stuff relatively well. Just check out a song called “Incarnation” that is almost a pure primitive black metal effort from them; a crazily grinding and hysterically maniac piece of work all in all (´grinding black metal´?). Also, a technical instrumentation aspect of the band proves that these fellows can truly play and shred in a somewhat impressive way. But what I found sort of a problem to me anyway when spinning through the album, probably there´s just teeny-weeny too much information in their songs for my personal likings? Fuck, I don´t know.
Get this album only if you a serious fan of technical grindgore-orientated death metal. If not, then it may only cause a severe headache and a good bunch of pimples around your face. It´s your call now really…