Drugs of Faith – Architectural Failures (Malokul)

A calculated series of punches to the side of the head.
Release Date: 
12 Nov 2013 (All day)

When I saw that there was a new Drugs of Faith recording up for grabs, I leapt at the opportunity to get my grubby little mitts on it. With the band being led by 'The Grindfather' Richard Johnson (whose unhinged aggressive vocals defined the finest moments of Agoraphobic Nosebleed), and having been featured on the definitive grind compilation This Comp Kills Fascists Vol.2  (put together by Pig Destroyer/Agoraphobic Nosebleed genius Scott Hull, who also mastered this EP), the Architectural Failures EP was seemingly all set to be a little slice of grindcore perfection.

Drugs of Faith have a slightly different approach to grindcore, slowing what is usually a raw, chaotic pace to a more hardcore/rock stride. This is more of a calculated series of mid-tempo punches to the side of the head than a frenzy of whirling arms and legs. The production features the thick sludgy guitar sound and dissonant tones familiar to fans of Rotten Sound (as well as all those Entombed-core bands like Black Breath and Nails that seem to be popping up all over the place at the moment).

The four songs here whizz by in about 10 minutes, but there’s more than enough going on to have you coming back again. It’s just enough to keep you wishing for more by denying complete satisfaction. I must admit to have been initially disappointed with this EP (when your expectations are so high, this is perhaps inevitable), but I’ve listened to Architectural Failures so many times now that it’s hard not to be captivated by it. It’s definitely a grower - reveals itself more and more with each spin: energetic, pissed off, and driven by huge hard riffs with a thick groove.