Released: 2013, Selfmadegod Records
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson
Polish grinders Squash Bowels – love the name – have been around for 20-some years, but musically still seem to be living back in the day. Their battering ram rabble is crude, rude and pretty darn punishing
The trio don't mess around. Grindcoholism, the band's sixth studio full-length, is 14 songs worth of beat-down in a tidy half-hour package. A few chords, some blasting beats, a bulldozing bottom end, attack dog vocals and voila! Grind perfection, a la Terrorizer, Nasum or, as on the gurgling, vomitous title track, early Carcass.
There's no bullshit, no excuses and no excess baggage or modern contrivances. That's not to say, however, that this is merely a bunch of hyperspeed tuneless noise. Anything but. The sometimes painfully simplistic riffing, thick, rumbling bass and full-on, straight-line tempos give most of the songs a d-beat grooviness that lends them a distinct catchiness – albeit it in an up-side-your-head kind of way.
The utter lack of complexity here, though, is quite striking. The band's modus operandi is positively Ramones-like, which, not surprisingly, makes many of the songs sound kind of the same, since there's not much to make them stand apart. But they hit hard and often regardless, and if all you’re looking for is a good old fashioned ass whooping, Squash Bowels are happy to oblige.