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Fuck the Facts
Released: 2013, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
What do the words “melodic”, “atmospheric”, and “epic” all have in common? If you guessed “words that I never thought I’d use to describe anything released by Fuck the Facts”, then give yourself a gold star. Long running Canadian grind superstars Fuck the Facts continue to push the envelope of extremity with each release, and their latest EP, AMER, is no exception. Following up the bleak depravity of 2011’s exceptional DIE MISERABLE, Fuck the Facts have swung the pendulum in entirely the opposite direction with AMER, and in the process, reset my expectations of what a truly capable group of musicians can do within the context of grindcore.
“Une triste vue” opens as a contemplative and reserved track, full of bright tones and an impending sense of “something”. “Vent du nord” and “Panser la plaie au lieu de soigner le mal” are both deceptively upbeat crunchers that were it not for the relentless rhythm section of Marc Bourgon and Mathieu Vilandre, could be mistaken for some kind of Killswitch/In Flames knock off. “A Void” is a moody, and atmospheric side step, full of reverb and feedback, where ‘Jour de souffrance” and “L'enclume et le marteau” recall the classic musical spasms that Fuck the Facts is known for. But closing track “Amère” easily ranks up there as one of the best tracks ever recorded by the band, up there with “Unnamed” and “Absence and Despite”. A sweepingly atmospheric and dreamy track at times, caustically dominant the next, if this were a power metal album, this would be the epic closer where the dragon gets slayed. As upbeat and hopeful as some of the tracks may convey themselves to be, I’ll leave it to you to translate the song titles and lyrics. If you’re French is less rusty, you’ll already recognize the brilliant dichotomy between the presentation and content on AMER.
From a performance standpoint, AMER is the pinnacle of Fuck the Facts’ vast discography. Mel Mongeon and Marc Bourgon split the vocals pretty even steven, but both completely shred their voice boxes like a gorilla gargling a handful of razor blades. The guitar duo of Topon Das and lead axe slinger Johnny Ibay inject an unheard of degree of melody and virtuosity into the mix that you wonder why they haven’t tread this path before. If nothing else, it makes you eager to hear where Fuck the Facts will go next.
If you’re not already listening to Fuck the Facts, I can’t stress this enough – you are only doing yourself a disservice. Already a band worth mentioning alongside luminaries like Pig Destroyer, Nails, Trap Them, Converge, et al, Fuck the Facts have again upped the ante with AMER. AMER is available now through Fuck the Facts’ website as 10” vinyl, cassette and digital download.
1. Une triste vue
2. Vent du nord
3. Panser la plaie au lieu de soigner le mal
4. A Void
5. Jour de souffrance
6. L'enclume et le marteau
Topon Das - Guitars
Mel Mongeon - Vocals
Mathieu Vilandre - Drums
Johnny Ibay - Guitars
Marc Bourgon - Bass, Vocals
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