Politics indeed make for strange bedfellows.
And, as it turns out, odd labelmates. I thought the G7
name was fantastic, but itís no empty tongue-in-cheek pop
culture reference. Itís the loaded tongue-in-cheek name of
a serious activist label which rosters punk artists like Propaghandi
with pundits like Noam Chomsky and Ward Churchill.
Malefactionís unintelligible grindcore fits into this
diversity because their lyrics are essentially brief propagandist
posters. They address issues of concern in language simple
enough to be chanted at the appropriate rally, but intelligent
enough to be thoughtfully considered when plastered on the
street in large block letters. Also salty enough to be seen
as bathroom graffiti. Until you read the liner notes, however,
it may as well be Anal Cunt. Crush The Dream presents
23 songs in 25 minutes. The sonics of each consist of papery
Napalm Death drums, barked Cookie Monster vocals, and
speed metal chugging guitars. Lest the review end there, letís
explore the garbled free-associative lyrics, which mostly
eschew rhymes and verbs. These are infinitely more interesting
than the music. With one or two sentences per song we out
to be able to flesh this out real nice-like.
"No Positive Impact" would go over
well at any World Bank gathering you may be planning, touting,
With the quest for profit, the welfare of the majority
ignored. The rift is growing. Wait for the backlash. Kind
of a threatening haiku. Native New Zealanders will appreciate
"Beothuck." Well they would if they werenít all
dead. Their extinction is explored with, The forest is
quiet. She wonders where her children have gone. The bandís
dissatisfaction with Christianity comes to a head in "Dead
World Harvest", For God so loved the world that he
sent his murderers to conquer you. (see also Corporate
Avenger review) The album title is culled from the social
statement "Life Within The Hive". Oppression
ends when death begins. A new level of antagonism. Crush the
dream of heaven. It reads like a brochure entitled, "So
youíve decided to have a babyÖ" but the song is "Abused
And Unloved." Parents play an important role in a
childís development. And abusive upbringings breed the same.
I enjoy the wonderful irony of this line from "A Defining
Moment," We are one and the sameÖyou stupid piece
of shit! In tension. Nonplussed by my indifference. The
defining can be intentionally self-depreciating. Nice punnage
as well. An odd standout in a genre of misogyny, "Hunger/Exhaustion"
is supportive and comforting in poetic non-sequiters. The
news snapshot "Keeping Out Of Harms Way" shows the
dispersed from an undisclosed but common war. Refugees
awaiting repatriation. End of a civil war? That one is
a haiku, isnít it? Having to choose a clip from "Wills
Less Resolute" is tricky. Letís go with, Why donít
we reach out to like-minded deserters brought up with inherent
lies? Stalemate divides our common ground. Hypocrisy residing
in the pro-life camp gives birth to "Fuck The League
For Life." "No Sympathy" is directed at racism
and those who tolerate it. "To Ensure Bloodlust Prospers"
is the punchline to the question, What are you killing
for? But the lyric to watch for is, Children trained
to fight ancient battles beyond ancestral graves. Nothing
is truly dead.
The cryptic "Drowning In Public Approval"
is a complete mystery to me. The great demoralization of
the land they thought they new. Sorry, they lost me. More
decipherable questions are raised in "I Will Not Serve".
What makes a man a man? Repulsion? His god, a wife and
kids? Malefaction also stabs at homophobes on this one.
A Keirkegaardian view of the majority on "A Victim Of
Free Living," stating, I was so naïve. Bleed
them white and trust in yourself. A different arena comes
under fire as "Dance Floor Politics" takes on the
testosterone in the moshpit. Or is it a metaphor for congress?
I found a rhyme in the Machiavellian, "The Great Annihilator"
but I guess it may be unintentional, Take aim of independence
with enigma that blinds. Soften the mind, harden the kind.
Nope, there are three. Itís on purpose. "Bled" points
out corporate greed at the expense of the environment. A preemptive
solution to prison is offered in "Something Less Destructive."
The American practice of warring for economic purpose is exposed
for "People Before Profit" The subject of "Killing
Over Faith" is the tradition of label- based conflict,
Religion and nationalism are such a crock of shit. Itís
too bad you suckers keep falling for it. Our hunger for
blood as calculated by news ratings shows through "Topic
Of The Day". Silent screams of defiance. The coverage
that we long for. And we react with polite horror. Whether
or not grindcore is your bag, weíve shed light on the subliminal
content of the maelstrom.
On a scale of bands I would like to see happen;
one being Tony Robbins & Helpless Self, and ten
being Ralph Nader &Unsafe At Any Speed. Crush
The Dream rates a six, Deepak Chopraís Deep Rock Opera.
ó Ewan Wadharmi
- No Positive Impact
- Dead World Harvest
- Life Within the Hive
- Abused And Unloved
- A Defining Moment
- Keeping Out Of Harmís Way
- Wills Less Resolute
- Fuck The League For Life
- No Sympathy
- Ensure Bloodlust Prospers
- Drowning In Public Approval
- I Will Not Serve
- A Victim Of Free Living
- Dance Floor Politics
- The Great Annihilator
- Something Less Destructive
- People Before Profit
- Kill Over Faith
- Topic Of The Day
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