Cripple Bastards - _Desperately Insensitive_
(Necropolis / Deathvomit, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (9 out of 10)
One of my highly anticipated albums for this year comes from the Cripple Bastards. Having had the pleasure of reviewing their _Misantropo a Senso Unico_ album and seeing them play live, they've rapidly become one of my favourite hardcore/grind bands in the scene. Upon first listen, _Desperately Insensitive_ was a bit of a disappointment, but after tweaking the bass and treble a bit and increasing the volume, my faith was restored. In true Cripple Bastard way, _Desperately Insensitive_ includes more than a handful of songs (nineteen this time around) and there's a great stylistic diversity, especially in the vocal approach. Guilio manages to alternate his growling death metal style with a Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) screech, then turns to hardcore shouting, and ends up mixing it all together. Nice! With songs rarely clocking over two minutes, _Desperately Insensitive_ is a good album for those with attention deficit -- but a total running time of 28 minutes is still a bit on the short side for me. Lyrics are in English, Italian and -- correct me if I'm mistaken -- Czech ("Rak Ne Prestaje"), and the artwork looks excellent. If you're into hardcore/grind, then do yourself a favor and pick this album up.


(article published 23/6/2003)

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