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Venomous Concept: Kick Me Silly - VCIII

Album Review

Grindcore superheroes live up to advance billing

Not only are Venomous Concept a grind punk supergroup: Venomous Concept are a grind punk super group!

The experience within their ranks is ridiculous, as their lineup features members of Napalm Death, Lock Up and Corrupt Moral Altar. And those are just the present day CVs of the involved; Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne once slung an axe for ’em and the list of priors of recent acquisition, bassist and sleeve-a-phobe Danny Lilker would fill a book alone (and it has, in the form of Perpetual Conversion, so there). Needless to say, there’s a lot of history contributing to the band’s third album.

The most encouraging aspect of Kick Me Silly – VCIII is now that the idea of having to engage in the act of folding oneself into a variety of travelling death machines for months at a time has been scrapped, both Lilker and vocalist Kevin Sharp (of Brutal Truth fame) are able to bring a more focused plan of attack to the proceedings, one which was far more difficult to achieve when they and previous members were tearing up the road as much as they were.

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