Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, November 25, 2016

Spazz - Sweatin' II: Deported Live Gorilla

Man, I love so many of these old school powerviolence and grindcore compilations that go out of their way to showcase a period of a bands career. In fact I like them more than the career spanning ones because it really give you a glimpse at what a group of musicians were trying to accomplish in a very specific time - which is the beauty of Sweatin' II - Deported Live Gorilla it provides a sort of insiders look into the world of Spazz, one of the foundational powerviolence bands and a band whose influence resonates across basements today.

Sweatin' II: Deported Live Gorilla is a strangely addictive piece of work. The balls out blast of songs like Death Rivals Of Shaolin, contrasted with the weird samples from Kung Fu movies and the sense of humor showcased throughout the record, and most notable during the live recordings it makes for a rather lighthearted listen. While normally being asked to listen to this much powerviolence on one release might sound like a chore, Spazz make it a fun experience. What's rad too is that, while many of these remasters seem to take away from the simplistic beauty of the record, here the mastering seems to augment what made Spazz's music so good in the first place.

This is a release that will probably only get repeat listens from grindcore and powerviolence enthusiasts, but for those select few there won't be many records that get the job done better than this one. Sweatin' II: Deported Live Gorilla is a release that seemingly can't help but to capture the imagination. It shows us the magic of punk rock, it raves and shatters its way across your eardrums. Spazz is a band who are not to be fucked with and this latest compilation is the perfect example as to why.

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