Inhumate - _Life_
(Independent, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (8.5 out of 10)
My flatmate's quip that Inhumate play "gay-pride grind" ("In you, mate") is about as ridiculous as the fact that this French outfit have already produced their fourth full-length effort and are yet to sign along the dotted line at the foot-end of a record contract. Considering that we're talking about a genre where just about everyone with a penchant for kicking up a racket at ludicrous speeds seems to get picked up by a label, it is indeed curious that anyone would overlook a band who could come up with the likes of "Destiny?", "No Answer" and "Rage". Eschewing the psychedelic voyeurism of Cephalic Carnage and the disjointed cacophony of Brutal Truth, Inhumate play _Scum_-style grind like their lives depended on it. And perhaps almost as impressive as their technical prowess is Didier Houbre's recording, which easily outdoes anything I have heard in the genre since _Need to Control_. Of course, seeing as how this is grindcore, you'd be foolish to be expecting too much in the way of surprises, but if sixteen tracks of straightforward chaos and insanity is what you're after, then _Life_ is an album you do not want to be without.


(article published 23/6/2004)

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