Review by Ryan Harding
RETALIATION: THE EXECUTION
Dont expect a long review here, because this isnt a long album -- its a 22 song, 15 minute EP from Swedens RETALIATION. Though it features DAWN / NIDEN DIVISION 187s vocalist Henke and DAWN / THY PRIMORDIAL drummer Morth (aka Jocke), you wont find Black Metal or even much Swedish influence here.
This is unadulterated grind from the early NAPALM DEATH school of insanity. Each track is a barrage of artillery, owing to Jockes drumkit abuse while Henke unleashes a multitude of screams, both natural and sonically distorted.
Theres a touch of Swedish to "No One Knows My Grave" that makes it stand out in the holocaust, while "Suicidal Disease" and "The Rest of Me" are done in mere seconds.
Other favorites include "Anorectic Epileptic" and "Another Dead Hero," but if one track hits with you its safe to say they all will. Theres also a cover of "Like Weeds," an interesting choice; I didnt know HIS HERO IS GONEs notoriety had stretched across the globe.
This goes up there with ASSUCKs MISERY INDEX for abrupt yet thorough annihilation. As the inside sleeve reads, "Guns dont kill people, Retaliation kill people." There are certainly worse ways to go.