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Lock Up
Demonization
March 2017
Released: 2017, Listenable Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

A lot has happened in the six years since Lock Up released NECROPOLIS TRANSPARENT. Shane Embury has been busy with the 67 other bands that he’s involved with, Anton Reisenegger released records with both Pentagram Chile and Criminal, Nick Barker jammed with Brujeria and drank a lot of bee0,r and Tomas Lindberg exited to focus on At the Gates full time. Lindberg’s departure was bittersweet as the guy had fronted the band for over a decade, but as they say - when one door closes, another opens. And through this open door walked Kevin Sharp - famed voice of Brutal Truth, Venomous Concept, Primate, and all around grindcore celebrity. His addition to Lock Up is a totally natural fit and breathes some new life into the band on their latest full length, DEMONIZATION.



The core Lock Up sound is as punishing as it ever was – sonic extremity bashed in the head with death metal textbooks and then soaked in crust punk filth. But the tunes are much more fleshed out and realized on DEMONIZATION than they have been since the Peter Tägtgren days. “The Decay Within the Abyss” sounds like something from Napalm Death’s UTILITARIAN sessions, “Foul From the Pure” has a wickedly sinister bass groove that's sure to start some pit skankin', “Instruments of Armageddon” is downright thrashy, and the title track drags itself slowly across the floor like a wounded beast at its most dangerous. As fierce as the tunes roar though, it’s Sharp’s vocal stylings that’ll really kick your teeth in. His voice is an instrument; even on the most primal of Brutal Truth records, he could scream, growl, gurgle, speak and bark all in the same track without flubbing a lyric. His manic wordplay cadence on “Locust” completely drives the song and sprints parallel to Reisenegger’s riffs. The demons raging on “Demons Raging” are coming straight outta the guy’s throat hole, and the pained scream at the beginning of “The Plague That Stalks the Darkness” will haunt your dreams. Strong tunes + charismatic frontman = good times.



It’s been a cold winter for grindcore so far in 2017, calling DEMONIZATION the best grind record of the season is a no brainer. Lock Up has had some amazing talent come and go through the band’s existence, but this lineup on DEMONIZATION could be its best. Hopefully we get some domestic touring out of this incarnation; the band and these songs are too good to restrict to an MP3.
Track Listing

1. Blood and Emptiness
2. The Decay Within the Abyss
3. Locust
4. Demonization
5. Demons Raging
6. Desolation Architect
7. Instruments of Armageddon
8. Sunk
9. The Plague That Stalks the Darkness
10. Foul from the Pure
11. Mind Fight
12. Void
13. Secret Parallel World
14. We Challenge Death

Lineup

Kevin Sharp – Vocals
Shane Embury – Bass
Anton Reisenegger – Guitars
Nick Barker – Drums

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Lock Up
Demonization
March 2017
Released: 2017, Listenable Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

The fourth album from grind-metal supergroup Lock Up and first in six years, features a new singer in ex-Brutal Truth frontman Kevin Sharp and some of the meatiest, riffiest material the band have done – though with their renowned ferocity still very much intact.



Sharp takes over after two albums with At The Gates' Tomas Lindberg behind the mic and brings with him a more of full-frontal approach than is his usual modus operandi here. Given Brutal Truth's sometimes idiosyncratic grind/noise metal, Sharp's unhinged scream/shriek/bark/barf gyrations were a necessity. With Lock Up, however, it's more about acceleration, intensity and forward motion. And he is certainly up to the task with his forceful shout/growl and sometimes breathless machine gun delivery – though there is a momentarily screechy freak out in “Mind Fight.”



The band definitely don't take it easy on Sharp on his first go-round. Demonization is a blistering affair and them some, driven by Nicholas (ex-Cradle of Filth/Dimmu Borgir) Barker's piston-like drumming rife with blast-beats and spray-gun fills and Anton (Criminal) Reisenegger's sawing riffs. Aside from the crunching drone of the title track, Demonization is in overdrive much of the time.



Even the hardcore-like chug of “Foul From the Pure” or “Void,” with bassist Shane (Napalm Death) Embury's grinding bass leading the way, head off to the races for a stretch. “Oh well, here we go again,” Sharp hollers just before the band blasts off on “Pure” as more of a warning than a dismissive crack.



Yet Lock Up's unbridled fury is more exhilarating than exhausting here thanks to Reisenegger's crafty guitar work that mixes in punchy hooks all over the place and has an infectious, often punk rocky tone in its slashing yet tuneful riffs. Demonization may be big on abandon, but the songs have plenty of bite and will definitely stick with you.



Tracks like “Demons Raging,” “The Decay Within The Abyss,” “Sunk” or “Desolation Architect,” for examples, are surprisingly – almost unfathomably – catchy, blending aggression, groove and finesse to make for something memorable instead of a mere maelstrom of noise. Previous Lock Up albums certainly had their moments of brilliance amid the bluster, but Demonization flat out slays from top to bottom.
Track Listing

1. Blood and Emptiness
2. The Decay Within the Abyss
3. Locust
4. Demonization
5. Demons Raging
6. Desolation Architect
7. Instruments of Armageddon
8. Sunk
9. The Plague That Stalks the Darkness
10. Foul from the Pure
11. Mind Fight
12. Void
13. Secret Parallel World
14. We Challenge Death

Lineup

Kevin Sharp - vocals
Anton Reisenegger - guitar
Shane Embury - bass
Nicholas Barker - drums

Other reviews

» Pleasures Pave Sewers
by Nathan Robinson

» Necropolis Transparent
by Demonator

» Demonization
by Aaron Yurkiewicz

» Demonization
by Peter Atkinson


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