This is going to be my first attempt at a music review, so please excuse the lack of in depth analysis of each instrument and track.
Maine's own grindcore/power violence trio recently released their new full length on J. Randall's (of Isis and Agoraphobic Nosebleed fame) Grindcore Karaoke. This 24 minute release packs elements of power violence, grindcore, thrash, sludge, and noise into its 13 tracks. Combining their two earlier releases, plus a few new tracks, into this re-mixed release, Robocop II is not only an interesting album but a solid one at that. The intensity of the band really comes across on this release and that's why Robocop is the band I anticipate seeing the most when I'm home. From the droning, sludgy intro track to the hardcore and thrashy "Assassination Markets," Robocop definitely brings it. The album is well mixed, the elements of each genre stand out yet blend perfectly, and all the tracks feel like they fit--even the tracks consisting of just noise or manipulated samples. Overall this is a really fun release and is a must have for any fan of grindcore, feedback, grimy distortion, or blast beats.