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Dear zmicer,

it took a very long time, but here it is, I reuploaded the Engrave record for you and all the other readers of my blog who are interested or just missed this record so far.

That´s what I wrote about it almost 2 years ago:

Engrave were chaos-core pioneers in Germany, mixing the brutal and chaotic energy of US-bands like Orchid, Botch and Converge with the more emotional influences of famous german mid-90s screamo bands like Loxiran, later followed up by worldwide succesfull acts like Yage. The music is so intense, it will grab you at your neck and shake you maniacly, with only a few chances to breathe. So participate and steal from death some intense, melancholic, desperated moments of life. After some split releases with the finest band out of Europe, Yage (Germany), Standstill (Spain), To die for (Italy) – this is their first full length and last release as well. With this record from 2003, Engrave prove their songwriting skills and present their best and most varied compositions to date, combining frantic spursts of noise and fucked up rythms with melodic and quiet elements.

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After nine years and two albums, Seattle noisecore pioneers Botch decided to quit in 2002, leaving us with this EP as a parting gift. And it is a fine gift. Although only just over 22 minutes long, “an anthology of dead ends” is full of the angular song structures, unexpected tempo changes, and just plain noise, that made them probably the most consistently exiting band of their type. Botch combines the technicality of metal and the raw ferocity of punk with complex time structures, similar stylistically to bands like Coalesce and Converge. Evil Math Rock! The devastating combination of noise, indie rock guitar, rhythmic density, and scathing vocals is about as subtle as hitting your face with a sledgehammer.

Their final EP topped up everything they stood for in 21 minutes. It showed their abilites to create, minmalistcally (‘Spaim’), how to create noise within acceptable pop boundaries (‘Japam’), create haunting ballands (‘Afghamistam’) and how to top it all off with one huge agressive jam session (‘Micaragua’). And I promise, you can listen thirty times to this record and still will be able to pick up new details.

A special album by a special band who changed the music scene like Refused, At the Drive-In and similar bands, wether you understand it or not is totally up to you.

…some desperate moments of life. Engrave were chaos-core pioneers in Germany, mixing the brutal and chaotic energy of US-bands like Orchid, Botch and Converge with the more emotional influences of famous german mid-90s screamo bands like Loxiran, later followed up by worldwide succesfull acts like Yage. The music is so intense, it will grab you at your neck and shake you maniacly, with only a few chances to breathe. So participate and steal from death some intense, melancholic, desperated moments of life. After some split releases with the finest band out of Europe, Yage (Germany), Standstill (Spain), To die for (Italy) – this is their first full length and last release as well. With this record from 2003, Engrave prove their songwriting skills and present their best and most varied compositions to date, combining frantic spursts of noise and fucked up rythms with melodic and quiet elements.

Everything pictures black. (reupped!)


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