Monday, September 29, 2008
Le Scrawl - Eager to Please
"The crazed, genre-scrambling grindcore of Germany's Le Scrawl is, as threatened, back! This new 13-song, 16-minute cdep will either bring a big smile to your face or confuse and annoy you utterly. Imagine Napalm Death teamed up with Uz Jsme Doma. That is, political punk metal all fucked up with horns and a weird sense of humor. Keyboards and flugelhorn aren't normally part of an underground grind band's arsenal, but Le Scrawl aren't normal... Metal nerds should note that this was recorded by Harris Johns, whose previous credits include numerous Sodom albums as well as Voivod, Helloween, Coroner, Tankard, Pestilence, Saint Vitus, Therion, S.A.D.O., and more. But this definitely must have been a unique session for Johns! Scrawl are one of the original wacky grind outfits, and they sure know how to mix up the gruff and the smooth. Metal riff one moment, lounge groove the next. And having just seen 'em live on a rare US tour, I have to say I was amazed at their deadpan delivery of their complex and, well, silly material. Oh yeah, if you don't like ska...well just wait 5 seconds...every five seconds." - Aquarius Records Review
The review about sums it up, but this is the 2004 release from one of the most fun bands I've heard in ages. Not sure how popular they are, so maybe I'm late in the game, but wowzers are they entertaining. A weird mix of jazz, funk, and grind. Far too happy for how evil and fast it is. For fans of Final Fantasy battle music, Anal Cunt, and vaudeville. Enjoy with an open mind and sense of humor!