Roundtable Review: Please Explode by Columns

pleaseexplode_1500Album Review: Columns – Please Explode

Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: August 4th, 2014

Songs: 16

Length: 35 minutes

Genre: Grind

Studio Albums: Just Another Species (MCD – 2010)

Location: NC, USA

WarpRider – I haven’t heard grindcore like this since, well, Napalm Death. I like the short, choppy songs, especially when things transition to a pit-worthy cadence. ‘Punching Nancy Grace’ is a great song, if even just for the title. Overall, this album is heavy, blistering, and fun. I am surprised I dig it so much since grindcore is considerably lacking in my music library. 3.5


RiffRaff – Pure, unadulterated brutality.  If you want something unrelenting look no further, Please Explode has got you covered.  What I really like about this record akin to other grind albums is amidst its nonstop assault there is more thought put into the short little ditties other than ‘how can we make this more br00tals’.  Sick riffs and tons of groove make this a grindcore record I can happily keep on my MP3 player for when some unbridled intensity is needed.  Also, album title of the year. 4.0


Irmelinis – It’s always nice to wake up in the morning and start the day with blasting grindcore. It clears the mind completely. Columns has a great sense of detail and knows how to write grinding, memorable songs with groove and fun. Frontman Adam Cody is a great vocalist for this style of metal, you might know him from the bands Wretched and Glass Casket, and the overall impression of this album is very positive. 3.75


ChristopherMammal – Hey, you purists who insist ’core isn’t true metal? I don’t care. The blurb with this album says it’s grindcore. The Spirit of Metal album listings site calls it deathcore. Either way, it’s a blast. I would have thought it wouldn’t be possible to develop any individual song when there are 16 of them packed into 35 minutes, but Columns make it work. Listen to it as long medley, a nicely varied and very bouncy one. This short album is coarse, rough, tough and a heap of fun. 4.0


A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.8 out of 5


About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

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