Has it really been almost five years since I first stumbled upon The Drip’s The Wasteland EP on Grindcore Karaoke? And now they’re on Relapse and about to release their first full-length, The Haunting Fear of Inevitability. They’ve certainly come a long way in the last few years, but their sound hasn’t really changed all that much – some of the tempos may be a little slower and the songs a little longer, but The Drip still play face melting, machine precise grind in a similar vein as Rotten Sound. This album absolutely fucking rips, and is essential listening for anyone in to grind or powerviolence.
The upside of slowing down the tempos a bit is that the riffs are a lot more discernable, and there are a ton of great ones on this one, from the syncopated stop-start riffing of opener “Blackest Invocation” to the deathgrind of “Gruesome Poetics” to the dissonance of my favorite track on the album, “Covered in Red.” There’s also enough variation from track to track that the album isn’t one long blur of distortion and blasts; there was clearly some care taken in the songwriting here to make sure that each track is distinct enough to stand on its own. Joel Grind’s production also deserves a mention. Everything sounds fantastic – particularly the drums, which isn’t always the case with grind.
The Haunting Fear of Inevitability will be released on January 13. It can be preordered digitally through Bandcamp, or in physical formats (including a pretty gnarly gold-and-grey merge vinyl that I’ll definitely be adding to my collection) via the Relapse Records store.