He Who Corrupts

The Smell of Money [EP]

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He Who Corrupts' The Smell of Money EP contains five songs and lasts all of eight minutes. That's right. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the theme-from-Jaws-based opening of "Your Mama on the Rocks" gives way to a terrific collision of grindcore's abject sonic extremity, mathcore's scientific execution, oddball robotic recitations, and gonzo vocal exercises that would make Mike Patton's eyes widen. Along with writing densely abstract lyrics which stand in direct contrast to their cleverly orchestrated corporate presentation, the Chicago band occasionally breaks off from its speed-addled barrage to insert short snippets of doom-slow riffing into ensuing tracks "Pain in the Tight Pants" and "Grinding for Jesus" -- thereby revealing a direct lineage from mid-'90s Tennessee sludge-grinders His Hero Is Gone. All in all, it's not the sort of music most people will relate to -- but, worst-case scenario, it'll only waste eight minutes of your time.