MUMAKIL - Behold the Failure
Released: April 6th, 2009 | Label: Relapse | Rating: 8/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Relapse

01. Brothers in Slavery
02. Barbecue in Bhopal
03. Get Wasted or Die
04. Black Sheep
05. Whip Reward
06. The Eye of Wrath
07. Control
08. State of War
09. The Order is Fucked Up
10. I-Bomb
11. Useless Fucks
12. Without Grief
13. Pigs on Fire
14. Worms of Chaos
15. Daily Punishment
16. Pisskeeper
17. Behold the Failure
18. Regression
19. Wish You the Worst
20. Let There Be Meat
21. Parasites
22. In Cold Blood
23. Face Reality
24. Apathy
25. Crawler
26. Mass Murder Institution
27. Doomed

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.

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