Everything old is new again.
Case in point: I’m pretty sure I’ve used that opening line about five times over the past fifteen years.
Second case in point: this sophomore full-length from Finland’s Galvanizer.
This trio is coming up on a decade of existence, despite that its members are all in their early 20s, which means that they weren’t even born when most of their direct influences released the albums that Prying Sight Of Imperception brings immediately to mind, your Slumber Of Sullen Eyes, and your Symphonies Of Sickness, and a bit of your Like An Everflowing Stream.
Bassist Vili Mäkinen’s vocals stick to a low grunted guttural, avoiding any of the gore-grind gurgling, offset sporadically by the more Walker-like snarl of guitarist Aleksi Vähämäki, the combination working perfectly in that tried-and-true grindcore high/low pairing. The guitar tone is perfectly putrid, and yet sharp and distinct; the bass is gross and slimy; Niko Niemikko’s drums crack and punch without sounding overly processed; the whole mix sounds both appropriately current and yet clearly harking to the classic days of yore and gore.
Stylistically, you’ve very likely heard all of these tricks before — everything old is new again, but in truth, of course, it isn’t new at all. Galvanizer’s combination of influences doesn’t automatically make them unique… but their level of skill and professionalism in putting those influences into play — in molding them into an album like Prying Sight Of Imperception — well, that puts them farther down the line than dozens upon dozens of other youngsters finding inspiration in albums older than they are.
If the kids can keep doing classic death/grind like this, then they’re truly all right, indeed.