Crack Up - _From the Ground_
(Nuclear Blast, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
While this may not be the best case of death metal music I have heard in sometime, something about this German quartet's Nuclear Blast debut album _From the Ground_ (their first full-length, _Blood Is Life_, surfaced on We Bite/SPV) keeps me coming back for more. What could it be? Well, to let you CoC readers in on the secret ingredient of Crack Up: the crazy groove. The band just lets loose thick riffs and catchy melodies coated with death-ish growls (similar to Gorefest and Entombed's style at times), and those real cool vibes help make up for the sometimes annoying and poor vocal styles of singer/bassist Tim. While _FtG_ may not really be groundbreaking, what Crack Up does deliver to us is aggressive music built around a solid groove that'll spark some interest almost every listen. An overall decent release and definitely a young band to look out for.

(article published 14/9/1997)

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