Dodsferd - The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race (Moribund Records)

Stinky punk with a black metal tinge...
Release Date: 
18 Mar 2014 - 12:30am

I suspect the financial collapse of Dodsferd's home country Greece may have inpsired some of Parasitic Survival - it opens with the sounds of rioting before launching into Breeding Chaos. It's angry back-to-basics punk (which I found greatly enjoyable after a prolonged sojourn into the realms of 'purer' black metal that I've been enjoying of late) with a dash of that previously mentioned noir metal and a splash of hard-core. The band's enthusiasm for what they create is most apparent on this five track album (beware - the joy only lasts for around half an hour - and that includes the cover of The Misfits We Are 138) as they let loose with their anger and aggression.

Creator of Disease has an almost industrial quality to it with front man Wrath screaming his (cold, black) heart out for all to see. The riot samples fill in the gaps between the tracks, as well as forming the basis for the introduction, so there's always something going on. Stupid Worthless Sheep and Doubting Your Worth provide plenty of simple, honest to goodness fun, as does We Are 138, which, naturally enough, offers a slight change of pace and style to Dodsferd's signature sound.

My only real gripe with this album is that it's not long enough but this minor pain is resolved simply by pushing 'play' again on the gramophone. Lovely,