Groinchurn - _whoami_
(Morbid Records, 2000)
by: Kirsty Buchanan (5 out of 10)
Opening with the stirring "Everything You Know Is a Lie", this release is somewhat inconsistent. The quality of the tracks undulates from "Quiet Please" -- a piece of genius -- to the overtly poppy and "sample-tastic" "Blown Off Course". The guitar work on some of the lesser tracks is what disappoints. It has the potential to be so much stronger, and yet the band allow it to be overshadowed by a merely proficient drummer. Then, in contrast, Groinchurn produce such riff-heavy noise as "Coughin'". This track is truly original and the extended period of roaring white noise as it finishes serves only to emphasise the possibilities lurking beneath the surface of Groinchurn's work. Unfortunately, before they manage to maintain any period of consistency, the level of the release drops again into the poorly structured "Killkillkill". This could have impressed me were it a twenty five minute EP consisting of _whoami_'s better tracks, rather than being the forty five minute, variable quality saga it actually is.

(article published 13/3/2001)

2/13/1999 P Schwarz 8.5 Groinchurn - Fink
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