Nasum “Shift” (Grindcore) [Album/Review]

9/10

Year: 2004
Genre: Grindcore
Label: Burning Heart Records

“Shift” was recorded at Soundlab Studios, Örebro in Sweden between June 3 and July 13, 2004. This album was Nasums last one and for me the best, but I guess some grindcore purists think it’s to melodic 🙂 … but to me the music in itself and the lyrics reached the top here. The anger over injustices and politicians abusing power theme goes throughout the whole album. Stand out tracks are “Particles” “Wrath”, “Fear is Your Weapon”, “The Deepest Hole”, “The Clash” and “Fury”. During the entire album you feel the bands fury and rage and you just want to grab a sledgehammer and join in!

From “Fury”
“No equality in present day
There’s been no progress made
You’re still here to produce and to consume
No equality in present state
There’s been no progress made
And we’re all still their slaves”

Nasum was active between 1992-2006, and ended with the tragic death of singer Mieszko Talarczyk who was confirmed deceased when the body was identified on February 17th, 2005. He was killed in the Tsunami disaster in Thailand. Anders Jakobson officially announced that Nasum will no longer continue, as of May 26th, 2005. Mieszko also had his own studio, Soundlab (where this one was recorded), where various metal bands, such as Insision and Coercion recorded albums.

For those who’s not familiar with grindcore it can proberly best be descibed as being hit by a steamrollar at 150 mph (=240 kmh). To me it’s a perfect release of anger and when I fell furious over something.

From “The Smallest Man”
You’re such a whore
Your “loyalty” is a fucking joke
Just pure cash flow
Seems to me what this is all about
You see, to me you’re the smallest man to walk this earth
A failure from birth

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“Wrath”
“Under submission for a long time
For a thousand years
My soul is starting to rot
My work is done here
I’ve shed my share of blood, sweat and tears
I’m leaving this melting pot
You come to stop me
To convince me that I can’t escape
I’m tired of being your rat
Armoured with reasons, threats and lies
But It’s much too late
I’m about to unleash my wrath

I won’t accept this life
A victim of your oppression
To be enslaved and sell my soul to the other side
Never be your fucking puppet

I’ve tasted your fist
And felt your whip burning on my skin
I have dealt with the pain
The more you hit the more you feed
The anger is boiling within
Your faliure I will sustain
I’ve been your workhorse
And now it’s time for this horse to kick your head
I’m pounding my way out
So step aside, get out of my way
If not you’ll end up dead
Or at least know what true pain is about

I won’t accept this life
A victim of your oppression
To be enslaved and sell my soul to the other side
Never be you puppet on a string

I won’t accept this life
And fall into a dark depression
To be a slave, cast in chains, always forced to hide
Buried under bricks of guilt

I have tasted your fist
I have dealt with the pain
Rip my back with your whip
The pain is my gain

I won’t accept this life
A victim of your oppression
To be enslaved and sell my soul to the other side
Never be your puppet on a string

I won’t accept this life
And fall into a dark depression
To be a slave, cast in chains, always forced to hide
Buried under bricks of guilt”

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