Pissed On – The Hanged Man (EP)
Davin Jones (vocals, noise) and Tyler Byers (guitars, noise) are the members of Kentucky Grindcore outfit Pissed On formed in 2015. So far they have a split release with Street Rat put out in 2015 and demo album also from 2015. This debut EP contains all new songs and is to be released next year mid-March.
Without ceremony and overture Pissed On get straight to the heart of what they do in the opening song. Reader is a maniac assault on the senses: sonic talons of grinding guitar, psychotic drums and hell-scream vocals collude in the spasmodic progression – none of this loses the listener even though the short and sharp shock of it all means repeated listening (pleasure). It segues neatly into Enter The Void which keeps the atmosphere of the previous tune and continues in the use of ‘used once’ riffs with the chaotic and sudden change in tempo causing some disorientation until further listening when it becomes logical. Zoetic Disgrace: a sound like distorted radio-waves tuning into the chaotic confusion of massed and amalgamated thoughts before it solidifies into a dark tangle of hellish torment and psychotic drama with much in common with the style displayed so far. The fourth tune Shriveled Minds is another burst of frantic energy with blazing machine gun drums, blistering guitars and maddened screaming vocals although in the last third it becomes an altered beast with something of a Doom Metal flavour added to the mix. It proves a fine precursor to the final piece The Hanged Man. This closer to the EP has an element of grace with regard to its flow and general approach. A more conventionally styled song with a verse / chorus / verse / chorus progression, The Hanged Man moves at a slower and more deliberate pace. The drums come into focus at the start and then the instrumentation expands to fill the space with a mournful and fatalistic dirge. Multi-layered vocals heighten the tension over the four minutes (the longest song previous to this is just over two minutes in duration) but this doesn’t detract from the overall effect and in fact draws together the entire EP to a logical conclusion – this release tells the story about the final days of someone before they commit suicide.
For those who bought the two Pissed On release from 2015 this will mark a change in the direction the duo have decided to take. The raw Punk has been replaced with Grindcore and the production adds to the impact by utilizing the fact that there is apparently no drummer to speak of. This EP is a marked advance which should see Pissed On gaining a higher profile than they previously enjoyed and coming in at the ten minute mark it stands up well to repeated plays – there is never a dull moment. And although it isn’t set for release for a couple of months keep this group in mind if your tastes are toward the dark and extreme end of Metal and Hardcore. This EP has Pissed On maturing into a group who should hopefully be touring outside North America to gain more coverage. The Hanged Man is a worthy addition to your music collection.
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