Published August 3, 2011
When people historicise musical genres they always look for flashpoints and influences that ‘caused’ a band or something to happen. Punk, for instance, wouldn’t have happened were it not for the woeful state of the world at the time, apparently. Can’t have decent music without some anger and pain, right? And you always get some jerk saying “well, y’know…the government sucks and the world’s going to hell… at least we’ll get some decent, pissed-off sounding bands now.”
Well, it’s my turn to be that jerk: Given what’s been going on in Iceland over the last few years, it was only a matter of time before a band like World Narcosis came along. You can tell when bands are just imitating other aggressive bands. And you can tell when bands are genuinely angry. There is an energy to the playing, to the vocals, to the feel of the songs and the lyrics. This 7” has got it. World Narcosis aren’t the finished deal yet, but they have the potential to become something pretty awesome indeed, and this 7” is a great debut. If you’re into grind or harsh music in general, then check it out.