Culled Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn
Published Oct 24, 2018Edmonton, AB grind outfit Culled push the boundaries of the genre on their debut full-length, Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn. The quartet incorporate slow, sludgy grooves and doom-laden riffs into their discordant grindcore, resulting in a contrast of sounds that is jarring yet complementary. The five-track LP starts off with "Divide to Conquer," which features a crushing riff that soon transitions into a speedy bombardment of chaotic rhythms and muddy tones.
"Such Benevolent Filth" is a breakneck grind number, exuding tons of visceral aggression, while "False Sense of Supremacy" features mid-paced grimy grooves between moments of harsh chugging and angular guitars. "Scorn" contains an anxious vibe and highlights fierce drumming and caustic vocals before nine-minute closer "Contagion" brings things back to a darker, bleak atmosphere. The track teeters between slow, dense riffs and progressive leads, culminating in a bolt of mathcore-infused, blistering grind.
Thin the Herd, Fail to Learn is an impressive debut that showcases a battle of conflicting sounds throughout its 25-minute runtime. What makes it work is Culled's thoughtful approach to song composition and structure, along with socio-political lyrical content to match the angst-filled emotions that their music emanates. (Hibernation Release)