By: Simon Anger

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Released on September 10, 2016 via Mind Ripper Collective

If you have an attention span as short as the songs and need a review to match the speed of the music, this is good. Infact, disgustingly good. If you like your music fast and intense – buy it. Now.

For folk that want a more detailed review, here it is:

Gendo Ikari are a grind band from Glasgow formed earlier this year. Their debut album/EP (can never tell with a grind record) Unit 1 has been released through Edinburgh one-man powerhouse of a label, Mind Ripper Collective (definitely worth checking out their releases if you haven’t already) and soon to be out on 7” vinyl. Their debut gig was opening for Cattle Decapitation and their album has been shared/recommended by the grind legends Gridlink! If that doesn’t have you interested, I don’t know what will.

With no warning of what’s to come, album opener ‘Assistance’ hits with the blistering speed of a moving train and is one mind wrecker of a song. This gives you a clue as to what you’re going to get with this release, straight up unrelenting grind that is going to pummel you into oblivion and leave you speechless.

This release is vicious, and much like the character from which the band got it’s name, you will be left feeling severed. If you want an insight into how you’re going to feel after listening to this, check the album art.

From start to finish this album will constantly keep you on edge with its dissonant chords, unexpected song structures and jagged rhythms, it’s clear that each member is very accomplished at their instrument. This is definitely a band you cannot call predictable. What impresses me the most about this is that each song manages to have an identity of its own, that is unfortunately missing in a lot of grind releases nowadays.

It’s hard to believe this is a debut release from a band, nevermind one so recently formed, but it is clear these guys know what they’re doing and can’t wait to see what comes next. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve listened to this over the past week and can’t wait for my vinyl pre-order to arrive. This is definitely my album of the year so far.

If you’re into all things fast, I can’t recommend this album enough. Do yourself a favour, get a copy of this. Stick it on. Sit back, relax and get ready to kick the fuck out of your living room.

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