The People


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Extreme metal was enjoying a period of intense creativity when Relapse started their "Underground Series." Albums by experimental new metal acts were showcased, and artists like Monostat 7 and People got new exposure in the metal community. Describing themselves as "Israeli disco grind," People are a collective of sonic terrorists whose point of reference might be Mr. Bungle, the genre-jumping band led by Mike Patton. Although "Reaphobia" and "You Are What You Eat" both sound much more like Patton's Faith No More, the genres switch up too often to pin down a particular sound. The vocals jump from death metal to a clear wail during the same verses, and the music goes from lounge to grindcore to samba in mere moments. People is not on the same level as Bungle in terms of technical ability, but the songs are pretty close. The awesome "Charlie-5" swings from acid-throated rapping to blinding grindcore to Miami Sound Machine breakdowns with little effort, and it is on this track where the most promise is shown. Although the rest of the EP does not live up to the first song, it is still solid weirdo metal. Fans of Patton will probably eat this up, and forward-thinking metalheads might want to try this on for size also.

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