Inside the Beehive - Drink Bleach; Live Forever (2011)
Despite my many years of listening to music and having nearly 3 decades to mature and learn to give all genres, sub-genres and styles of metal a chance, I still have this annoying trait of telling myself I am going to hate something before I listen to it. Now, I am not entirely in love with Inside The Beehive and their spazzing riot of math and grind but I am suitably impressed enough to take the time to write a review.
I don't often venture to the Revolution Clan (see my opening comment above to understand why) but this release transcends mere rebellion against conventional metal. It is a release that flourishes greatly within a relatively short play time and shows a band with a great understanding of texture in their music. Amidst the stabbing frenzy there is an almost constant sense of form still, some basic structure that gets elements moulded around and slammed onto it. It's like a very scalable foundation level that can be subjected to intense and sustained levels of obliterating fury and it still maintains integrity throughout.
The best way I can find to describe it would be to say this is the eye of the storm and at the same time is the constant, violent swarm that swells around it, driving its own growth and expansion. This in essence is its downfall also as there are times during the release where there is a feeling of the album trying to cover too much ground. The overtly core sounding elements do grate a tad and it loses the grind element a little to readily in favour of these elements which leaves me conflicted about the overall piece.
Considering grumpy old Macca would have had me dismiss this had I not resisted, this is a decent find and one that hopefully will help me to learn to put that character in his box more readily in future and actually find some new shit to like.
ACK!!! This is another example of non-melodic metalcore being mixed with grindcore, death metal's Horde sibling! You know what elements grindcore has: songs are mostly around two minutes long or shorter, and filled with the noise of heavily distorted guitars, bass in max-overdrive, high-speed drums, and wide-range growls/screams. Those elements really do make a beehive that could hit me with hundreds of bee stings, with only two songs being over 4 minutes long. Besides being too hardcore for my mostly melodic mind, the title has really triggered me, Drink Bleach Live Forever. IS THAT A F***ING JOKE?!?! People think bleach makes you live forever or cure autism. WRONG!! I have autism, which by the way, is more than a disorder, it's a way of life! And don't you know drinking bleach can cause you to, I don't know, DIE?!? So please, STOP IT, OK?!
"Headless" starts the chaos in a somewhat tolerable level, the extreme insanity is more killer than repulsive, unlike what comes next... "Mothra: the Biggest Moth of All" brings to mind the Godflesh song "Mothra", except this is as dangerous as that moth monster. "The One-Eyed Clown Car" can really scare children, both the title and song.
"150 Degrees in the Shade" sears all the way through but in a way that sets fire to my ears. I could feel my eardrums melting! "Bio-Feedback" continues the torturous chaos again with tons of heaviness and feedback but it's mixed with a few small softer wacky moments that puts them in the same decent level as The Dillinger Escape Plan. "Heatstroke" is a song that almost gave me a stroke just from listening to it. I gotta get out of there before I suffer DEATH BY CORE!!!
I'll say it again, I'M NOT INTO THE INTENSE GRIND-METALCORE!! The intensity is strange and can make your ears implode, and I'm sure autistic people would be offended by the title. Maybe the songs would fit well together as a 16-minute suite. This album is better listened by fans of grindcore and non-melodic metalcore. Enjoy the bee stings....
Favorites: "Headless", "Bio-Feedback"