The Swiss grindcore band Mumakil is not exactly unfamiliar to me. I've heard their music on a few split releases and they left me with mixed feelings. It's however different on Behold the Failure. The four-piece take inspiration in the music of bands like Nasum, Rotten Sound and Brutal Truth and the music is also in the vein of the three, but Mumakil put their own touches on things and the result is a different style and vibe. Right from the first track "Brothers in Slavery" the music is brutal and in your face. It stays like this the entire 36 minutes that Behold the Failure last. The band don't slow down much and It do become a little too much now and then, but Mumakil is largely able to get away with it thanks to a few slower songs like "Whip Reward" and "Worms of Chaos".
There's not a lot of experimenting on Behold the Failure, just straight forward grindcore, but there's a good share of creativity in what the band is doing. In many ways it's comparable to Nasum's Helvete. Despite the rigid attitude there's actually a lot going on in the music. It's astonishing how much rhythmic variation and different riffs the four-piece is able to jam into a minute and a half. The music is diverse and there's some groove included in many of the songs as well. Behold the Failure is a pissed off and in your face grindcore CD that is sure to satisfy fans of bands like Nasum and Rotten Sound or just brutal and direct grindcore in general. This is not music for the emo fans or others of a weak nature.