Norylsk – Catholic Dictatorship


Those of you who know me also know I am a former Catholic School boy. Factor in that I grew up with Irish immigrant parents fresh off the boat from Belfast, clearly I had this stuff crammed down my throat (no pun intended) from an early age. I hate organized religion in all its forms. So when a band like NORYLSK comes along with an album called Catholic Dictatorship (out now on Selfmadegod Records) featuring a cover guaranteed to ruffle some feathers, you know I’m all about it. This is some serious fucking grindcore that I can listen to over and over again, and have been for a week now.

There are 14 tracks on this disc and they are all roughly two minutes long. But the thing is, this band gets in there and burrows into your fucking head from the minute they get started. Some of the vocals sound very much like a monster grinding human bones with its teeth for lunch, and that’s something I really enjoyed right away. Tunes like “Mental Alienation” and “Sexual Apartheid” are perfect examples of this. “Mental Selection” has an eerie, spooky intro sung by a child before the band drops the hammer, while “Product of Lobotomy” is all speed and grit. When I listened to this all I could think of was biting someone’s head clean off. I have problems, and albums like this just magnify them!

There’s an almost TOXIC HOLOCAUST-like quality to “Children of the Political System”, making it one of the album’s best cuts. “Political Monologue” was another one that made me wanna flip tables and fuck shit up. It just spoke to me that way. I also loved “The Pilgrimage to the Holy Places” for its “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” delivery and execution. Blast beats come in hot with “The Face of Death” and “The Whore Across the Ocean” and closer “The Creator” is all-out fury for 2:48, and it never lets up, not once.

How on Earth I missed NORYLSK before is still a mystery, but I’m glad I know them now. Catholic Dictatorship is an unbridled piece of grindcore designed to paint the walls in brain matter grey, and is certainly not for the faint of heart. But I know all you hardcore fucking metalheads will be lining up for this one because you’re just as sick and twisted as I am, aren’t you?

STANDOUT TRACKS: “The Creator”, “Sexual Apartheid”, “Mental Alienation”, “Children of the Political System”, “Product of Lobotomy”, “The Whore Across the Ocean”

RATING: 9/10

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