Today I want to propose listening to and talking about the last album of French grindviolence trio Gummo. “A Fresh Breath On The Neck” was released by a huge amount of labels (I got mine from Loner Cult rec) last year on super nice vinyl. Despite the fact that this band is active for some years, this album is my first acquaintance with Gummo. Let me start with the visual part. This record has a really unusual and dope design, I love this mix of drawing and a real photo. My copy is white, it looks fantastic good along with this cover, and sounds great too! Also, I want to add that the music of this band a bit differs from the usual classical approach.
Generally, the material is very fast and aggressive, I think we can refer to this type as classical stuff. BUT the most outstanding and weird part of this band is its guitar sound and tone. I didn’t hear someone use such an approach, this digital and crunchy sound is definitely unique stuff. Not sure how I feel about it, but it’s something new (finally) in the genre, hehe. From the strongest side of this album, I want to highlight blastbeats and songwriting itself. Songs are catchy, unboring… Gummo managed to mix grind speed with the good hardcore swing parts.
Won`t say that I dug this record all 100% but “A Fresh Breath On The Neck” deserve your attention!
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