A posthumous compilation from the short-lived experimental hardcore trio Index for Potential Suicide, Sex, Violence, Whatever: The Complete Recordings not only gathers their entire released oeuvre (a 1999 split EP and a 2000 album, The Newest Youth Rebellion) but a handful of unreleased recordings and live tracks. The result is a 39-track CD clocking in at just under 64 minutes, which is far too much for all but the most devoted grindcore fan to stomach in a single sitting. Index for Potential Suicide don't flirt with death metal in the manner of so many similar bands; at times, the assaultive noise of bands like the Boredoms or even industrial godfathers Throbbing Gristle is a closer comparison, especially on fractured 20-second noise blurts like "Silencer, Completed" or backward tapes experiments like "Escape Unsuccessful" and "Monoroid Manipulation." On the more straightforward songs, like "Escape from Uncle Bill's Lap" or "Rock out with Your Cock Out," things are closer to traditional hardcore, albeit still with the unintelligible screamo vocals. Lifted bits of dialogue and sound effects from angsty-teen films like Pump Up the Volume and Heathers are sprinkled throughout the songs, reinforcing the suburban ennui that's the impetus for such bands. As far as their deliberately limited stylistic ghetto goes, Index for Potential Suicide show more imagination and skill than many, but anyone who isn't already a fan of this sort of thing won't be impressed.
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