Following a couple of years on the down-low, Melbourne indie rockers Self Talk have returned …
Some bands want to let you into the party, and some bands are slyly asking you for the password.
And some bands are standing at the entrance to the party with an axe-handle asking what you’re even doing around these parts. Melbourne noise-grind 3-piece Diploid are firmly one of the latter and in 2019 they have lurched forward with an insane piece of music.
The prelude and brief second track brim with deranged courage. Bellowed vocals trade-off with pitched screams and drive the songs with feral intensity. Third song Less is an early showcase of the uniqueness of this album, with riffing and vocals shining a spotlight on the manic ideas contained. A Natural Death takes cues from 90’s death metal and d-beat hardcore before bringing more dynamic rhythms by title-track Glorify.
With Glorify, Diploid have tightened their grip on the axe-handle and the Australian extreme-metal community might want to duck.
Tracks breathe with open space but are quickly followed by bursts of abrasive grind-noise. Mind Like Clouds, Yet It’s Storming lunges through uncomfortable riffing and finds a new peak as the volume seems to increase and the song redlines the speakers to repugnant effect.
The swift 23-minute runtime, featuring 15 songs averaging less than two minutes apiece, drips with reverb and hate. Diploid use dissonance with uncomfortable ease, letting atonal guitars and dirty sludge riffs punctuate the wall-of-noise tones. From the moody prelude to the schizophrenic last strains, the album’s angular grindcore hints at USBM-worship and more avante-garde noise music. Nods to Nasum’s brutal, rolling sound broken up by stabs of acerbic noise recall the nastiest ideas of Today Is The Day mixed with the painful vocal quality of Xasthur and healthy doses of metallic hardcore-worship. With Glorify, Diploid have tightened their grip on the axe-handle and the Australian extreme-metal community might want to duck.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Less, Homicidal Art, Glorify
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Nasum, Today Is The Day,