The Greenery – It’s Looking Grim

The Greenery - It's looking grim

The Greenery’s Spit and Argue was (and still is) one of my favorite albums of 2011. It may have lacked any technical innovation, but it made up for it with white hot rage and an aggressive in-your-face “fuck you motherfucker” punk attitude. The group would best belong to the class of bands like The Warriors and Trash Talk in the sense of modern hardcore bands that very much embody the punk aspect of their genre. It is now 2 years later, and they are back with their sophomore effort (released DIY after splitting from their label), titled It’s Looking Grim, and much like with their last album, I’m left with the intense urge to break stuff out of pure rage… but, you know, in a good way.

If you’ve ever listened to any kind of hardcore from the last few years or so, then to a certain extent you know what you’re getting into with this album. Heavily rhythm-based guitar work, plenty of pounding d-beat drumming, constant high-ranged screams, call and response segments: all present and accounted for. Despite how clichéd this may sound, it works phenomenally well because of the fire and rage behind every second of this album. The album has a lot of memorable moments that are sure to stick in the minds of everyone who listens to it. The lead single “Reaper’s Keepers” is a particularly stick-in-your-brain track with its driving pace and a well-used breakdown. I dare any crowd to try and avoid busting out the mosh pits when they hear this song and come up to this moment.

Gather around! The hour’s at hand. There’s no limits to life now that I’m in command.

Another one of my favorite tracks is “Fsdh”, which is basically a bunch of fucking around. It opens with the guitarists trying to get their amps to work, and then proceeds to throw down hard, while Matt screams about what I’m assuming is a useless lazy roommate who is described as a werewolf. There’s a great ending where you are commanded to “Let the bad times roll!”, finally culminating in a hilarious wolf howl, which garners the response of “You’re a fucking idiot.” “Murderous Rhythm” also deserves mention for its lyrical portrayal of a Father Time-type figure that borders on just straight up being the Grim Reaper.

Am I immortal or just a name on his list? Does he have a conscious? Do such things exist?

The general songwriting is somewhat more dynamic than before, with more interesting drumming on tracks like “Fsdh”, the interlude of “Murderous Rhythm”, and even hints of a more melodic sort of hardcore on the choruses of “Rain Dance” and the album closer “Stranglehold”. There’s also a brief but cool solo on “Done is Done”, which is something that personally I would have liked to hear more of on this release.

There isn’t much else to say about this album. It’s a simple album, but sometimes simple delights are the best ones. When you get the chance, hear this album. I guarantee that if you enjoy it, you’ll have it on repeat endlessly because it’s just that addicting. Just make sure to move your furniture out of the way during your first listen unless you want to plan a trip to IKEA later.

10/10

The CD is available on their website. Link here: http://thegreenerylbc.com/its-looking-grim

Written by: Robert Barrueco – October 28th, 2013

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