Although technically album number three for Norwegian Black Metal outfit Arabrot (named after their local waste dump), this is their UK debut, and what an introduction it is. Produced by Steve Albini and mastered by Bob Weston, ‘The Brother Seed’ is light on the industrial doom front, opting for hair-tearing insanity. Singer Kjetil Nernes sounds like he swallows rusty bits of chainsaw for breakfast, washed down with a vat of paint stripper, his strangled deranged rants only just this side of intelligible. There are some proper head-bangers on here, the grinding guitar and rimshot drum torrents furnished liberally with manic shrieks and growls, but, on the whole, this record feels like a descent into dementia. It has a good thrash on its insanely loud way down though, and gives a whole new meaning to the word ‘throttle’.

By Polly Rappaport

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