A supergroup does not automatically equate to immediate success on a critical or commercial level. And while Murder Construct is sure to only be selling out arenas in some strange, metal-led parallel universe, the juncture of members from bands like Cattle Decapitation and Exhumed is not without warrant. Their creation of an album of blistering, bludgeoning grind finds a way to not only spark interest, but sustain it through 11 tracks with ease.
Results is the combined effort of five musicians with some similar ties, and if your first taste of the grind-stars’ creation sounds at least somewhat familiar, don’t act so surprised. Murder Construct transfers Cattle Decap’s Travis Ryan into a resumed role of vocalist to helm the ship – a wise choice considering his continuing reign of terror in the vocal department both here and on that band’s latest full-length. Rest assured that this is not some sort of rehashed thought on the Decap way of art though, as Results focuses more on the personal and less on the social and political. One look at the lyric video for “Compelled by Mediocrity” only cements the spite for bullshit across the board, regardless of its source. But aside from that, Ryan compels in his controlled growls and razor sharp sneers, slicing with confidence and strength with a bolstered voice that somehow doesn’t detract from the intense musicianship (“No Question, No Comment”) behind him.
“Malicious Guilt” proves very quickly that this won’t be a completely uzi-strafing affair throughout, jamming a chug riff that is an attention-grabber at best. But to circle back, this is very much a grind album at heart, although Murder Construct takes cues from slow-mo death metal and tech-metal (“The Next Life”) as well. Opener “Red All Over” suggests the ups and downs with near flawless construction of both melodies and song structure. It is odd enough to talk melody in an album so steeped in crushing drums that it’s truly tough at times to tell what track you’re on, but the grimy melodies and occasional guitar licks do enough to keep interest peaking when the constant peppering of double bass and cymbal bell end up making your mind wander. “Feign Ingorance” and “Under the Weight of the Wood” serve well enough as bookmarks in the placement of dark melodies and disgusting riffs, finding a way to keep things very aggressive without losing any sort of edge in the musicianship department.
Even as someone remotely interested in grindcore, there’s enough to be impressed by on this record that Results can stand on its own accord – regardless of your draw to the genre. Whether it is captivating brutality or more-than-able creation of such riffs and fills, Murder Construct will leave you and your brain aching for more once the maelstrom finally subsides.