The grind I like, I really love, perhaps because as a genre, there is rampant saminess; so I sit back and let bands like Psychic Limb, Ubasute, Agathocles, Cattle Decapitation and Pig Destroyer rise to the top by way of their own virtues.
Alex Caprio's distinctive and unpredictable shriek, Mike Marciano's artful, intricate Rickenbacker bass virtousity, and Jeremy Suria's guitar work (equal parts technical, Steve Howe-midrangery, and thick, power-chord glue) all work thorughly together to make the band a cut above the raging pack. Upon even deeper observation, Ubasute's lyrical content, and carefully chosen graphic imagery foil the more-easily-attained / co-opted genre conventions.
Just listen, really listen, to this outstanding set, marking the MCoQ show's return to live music in February, and you'll hear and feel the urgency, raw emotion, and world-attrition in the band's musical mainfesto.
Many thanks must go to engineer Ernie Indradat, whose talents are ready seemingly for whatever musical challenges confront him, and to Tracy Widdess of Brutal Knitting, who once again, wove my slap-dash band capture into an excellent portrait of Ubasute, right down to the apropos color-palette for the band's carefully (and unpretentiously) crafted graphic universe.
ATTENTION: UBASUTE ARE CURRENTLY AUDITIONING FOR A NEW DRUMMER; IT'S A LABOR OF GREAT HONOR, KIND OF LIKE A SAMURAI. IF YOU LIVE IN THE NJ/NY AREA, AND ARE GENUINELY INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT: Alexclarkcaprio@gmail.com