GREVIA – Misophonic

GREVIA – Misophonic

If you look at the cover of the very first recording from this Sicilian grindcore/death metal ensemble thinking that this must be a typical grindcore/death release in the vein of old Misery Index, Napalm Death and Nasum, with songs shorter than an average orgasm and occasional brilliance, you’d be right.

Take pre-Misery Index Dying Fetus and then Misery Index themselves and mix it up with roughly equal parts early Napalm Death and Nasum. Then cut it up in short, no more than 2:01 minute, tracks. Serve raw, heavy and crazy evil. As I have said before, there is no way you can put together an engaging, cogent track in 2 minutes, no matter how creative you are and the Palermo-based construct of Paride Mercurio (vocals), Vincenzo Frisella (bass), Giorgio Trombino (guitar), Davide Billia (drums on "Misophonic") is not very creative, more like occasionally interesting in a sea of noise that is "Misophonic".

The concept is interesting, thank you very much. It addresses the modern man’s problem with the noise of the world, all these things vying for our attention everywhere we go, to the point that we become hateful of ANY sound. Stepdaughter’s croaking parrot (for attention, of course), stepson screaming because younger brother hit him, the TV commercials we like the TV commercials we hate, the TV commercials we don’t care for either way, facebook notifications, youtube notifications, emails, government propaganda, government’s opposition propaganda, the left, the right, the center – STOP! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!

In this context, "Misophonic" can be fun but not for too long. "Nu Clear" has an epic start thanfully repeated again throughout but not much more to it. "Consumed" has some interesting semimelodic noodling but, again, too short to care. Probably the closer is the most interesting track, slow, then very fast crazy brutal with some good riffs and fills, then melodic and catchy, then fast and furious, then goodbye. You get the point.

Lots of simple if interesting riffs, occasional melody but not enough to write home about it, could be the summary of Grevia’s debut. It’s too early to tell where they go from there but, hopefully, the track length will not become their standard operating procedure.