MPR Review Of Burdizzo-Acoustica Neuroma (by Joshua Kruszyna)

 Let’s not kid ourselves folks – metal is one of, if not the most, caustic musical genre in terms of instrumental intensity and, at times, lyrical content. Which makes total sense, given it’s counter-culture roots. That said, when breaking metal down to it’s individual sub-genres, grindcore amps that hostility and causticity up to absurd levels, even making their piers seem tame in comparison. Burdizzo, a force to be reckoned with in the Toronto music scene, have made delivering blistering, grinding metal their passion. Let’s see if they deliver the oh so evil goods on their debut album, “Acoustica Neuroma.”   

First off, despite being a full-length release with 13 tracks of music, I’ll just say right now how hilariously short this album is. Granted, grindcore has always been known to be a more.. punctual breed of metal, but at just shy of 15 minutes this album is quite a brief listen! And it wastes no time throwing you face-first into the insanity with the opening tune, “Mistress.” From the opening riff that’s tuned lower than the alphabet allows, to the primal, throaty vocals, and perhaps most importantly the inhumanly relentless drumwork (seriously, I’m surprised the drummer’s kit hasn’t combusted at some point), this is grindcore distilled to it’s bare essentials, performed with maximum aggression. Track 3, “Irrelevant,” keeps this formula intact, but during it’s brief 71 second length, manages to play around with its time signatures a bit, showcasing the technical prowess Burdizzo brings to the table. The fun thing about grind bands is, oftentimes, they are very much aware of their own absurdity when it comes to the extreme nature of their music and lyrics. These guys gladly embrace this, as evidenced by the next track, “No Song For You,” a 33 second ditty that will leave you breathless, dazed and confused – almost like an auditory punch in the mouth.   

Things return to a “slower” pace (if you can call a less than two minute song “slow) with “First World Malaise,” which opens with a plodding bass riff before returning to blast beats, tremolo picking, and vocal debauchery. “Blame Shifter,” a 14 second track that ends almost as soon as it starts, leads into what is this albums longest track, the contemporary-in-length “Beholden,” opening with an absolutely ruthless guitar riff before the other instruments join the party. While the previous tracks have been fairly straight-forward affairs in the art of grind, this track injects some doom metal elements into the mix, keeping things fresh. The 22 second track “Media Frenzy” serves as the frenetic sandwich filling between the previous song and track 9, “Benign,” a chaotic track that is anything but, with it’s dissonant chords and vocals that, at times, deliver Randy Blythe-esque shrieks. This leads nicely into the next tune, “Own Your Enemy,” which progresses like a short and sweet grindcore war march, leading into the aptly named “Netflixxx and Kill,” which is, at this stage in the album, exactly what you’d expect. “Inauspicious” grinds out the end of the album with fire and fury, efficiently capping off the nearly 14 minute album.   

 Throughout it’s brief runtime, “Acoustica Neuroma” gives fans of grindcore exactly what they want, with little to no frills. And given its brevity, even if you’re not a fan of the genre, you have nothing to lose by giving it a listen! Check out this album at https://burdizzogrind.bandcamp.com/releases and be sure to follow Burdizzo at https://www.facebook.com/BurdizzoGrind/

Overall Sound – 7 (roughly mixed and delivered grindcore – nuff said)

Overall Vocal Style – 8 out of 10 (grindcore-styled vocals at their best, with some moments that reminded me of Randy Blythe)

Overall Song Composition – 7 out of 10 (short, noisy grindcore anthems that are designed to be as brutal as they are brief)

riginality – 8 out of 10 (these guys proudly carry the torch of their grindcore forefathers, in a time when the sub-genre is more obscure)

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