Realicide and the related crew of individuals will always have a certain place in my heart. I know that sounds sappy, but it's the damn truth. I met Robert Inhuman when I was about 17, and he inspired me a lot. I had been making music of my own for a bit, but it was being exposed to his DIY ethic and getting a copy of some of his Morepunklessrock anthologies (Morepunklessrock is what his label was called originally, 5 years ago or so it changed to Realicide Youth Recods) that made me realize that it was actually a viable option to make and release experimental DIY music.
That really has nothing to do with this particular record, but I felt like saying it, so I did. Anyway, on with the review!
Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1 is a mix of various material, apparently both live and studio stuff, and I believe some of it showed up on other releases, but I may be wrong. There is a lot of different stuff here, from the more familiar harsh gabber speedcore to more experimental digital noise environments, to brooding spoken tracks with sparse textural backgrounds. Each style is effective, and they all have that awesome existential quality that I dig about Robert's work.
Tracks like "Bread and circus", "Death Machine" and "brickwall hardcore" all drip with a beautiful kind of nihilism that sound like the dialogue to some awesomely fucked up post-apocalypse slasher movie. And on the faster, super short digital hardcore grind side of things, "Truthfully unable to know", "hypothetical popularity" and "want runs thin" are all great blasts of cathartic shrapnel.
But it's all pretty asskicking stuff.
Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1 is an exercise in diverse experimental speedcore gabber that really has few peers. If you like your music fast, harsh, loud and dark, you will dig Realicide . And after you download this, consider buying an album from Robert's Realicide Youth Records, cause the guy deserves it. This is the real deal folks, check it out!