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Masakari – The Prophet Feeds

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Last Updated on 11:55 AM by Nikos Nakos

Masakari’s The Prophet Feeds was out on May 21, 2010 via Southern Lord.

Time flies and I never felt that this gem would sound so vivid and modern when it would turn let’s say 14 years old…as it turns today. And while many Western Europe and American fellas know the word Katana and probably might associate it with Heavy Metal from the Swedish underground heroes Enforcer’s song, butI believe a few know the word Masakari but those who do know it certainly would do the cohesion with sludge punk as Cleveland’s finest Masakari have created a strong name among sub genre’s circles. For those unaware of both masakari band and the word let me inform that masakari is an ancient Japanese weapon. This battle axe was used by the Yamabushi, the warrior monks. The blade is made of heavy metal with a spike opposite which is attached to the wooden haft through the means of a socket.

Back to music and in their label’s words:

“Finally a new record from this awesome band from Cleveland! Close your eyes and imagine that His Hero is Gone and Amebix got together and had a child… got it? Ok, now imagine that that child grows up in a dank room full of teenage angst, listening to nothing but Death Side and Disfear records until he is 21 years-old. Now open your eyes and what you have is Masakari, a crust punk band from Cleveland, Ohio.”

Masakari delivered top notch crust d-beat-hardcore blended with Heavy Metal and strong doses of sludge. Grind fury, Death Metal riffs, mid tempo groove and full metal speed attack with anthemic choruses and melodic guitars; all are welcome here and mixed in a perfect way that only the brave and the madmen can do in this shitty miserable world we are living. Speaking of madmen oddly the album starts with song 16 as the album’s tracks, presumably continuing in numerical order from the band’s earlier releases and continue with song number 2 being named strangely ‘X Pain Conceived As a Tool’… ‘The Prophet Feeds’ marked an era, a promising generation as it managed to sound attractive to all that loved Bolt Thrower, Amebix, Sepultura, Wolfbrigade, Fall of Efrafa, Tragedy,blackened hardcore Disfear, Integrity and Discharge and everyone in between. Hymns like ‘XVI Rapid Dominance’, ‘X Pain Conceived As a Tool’, ‘IX Tempt Providence’ and both ‘XIII Rise or Fall’ and ‘XV Echelon’ are not only great tunes but also a big punch in the stomach as it’s lyrics are heavily socially and politically sensitive and against racism (closer ‘Outro’, features a sample of an veteran decrying the racism he experienced in the Army) governments and organised religions.

Hell of an album!

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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