Spawn From Deceit is a young finnish grindcore-group. This is their debut album, released after one promo/demo. The album should become available as a CD-R in the future, but as of now us listeners have to settle for a high-quality file download.
The songs are around a minute long outbursts of traditional grindcore. The pace stays fast for the most part, but the short song lengths and occasional breaks and slower moments help it retain its aggression. The songs are nicely varied due to the band's clear hardcore- and crust punk influences; some songs could easily be on a pure hardcore punk album, if they didn't have such a harsh, heavy and crusty sound. The bass is buried under the guitar distortion and thus serves as a mere backing pulse. The drums are less punk-reminiscent than the riffs, and their lively but at the same time simple and primitive playing style gives the songs some extra motion. They could have a sharper sound to provide a stronger pace, but at least now they fit the guitar sound.
The vocal section is quite massive. The lead vocalist has a really youthful and all-out approach to emptying his lungs. He's loud, aggressive, and his voice doesn't seem to stay on the same note for longer than a second or two. The vocals sound energetic, for sure, but their muffled and messy delivery makes the vocalist unable to serve as the songs' captain; he can't seem to be able to take the lead. His zeal and personality make up for the lack of impact, but even so the songs would've benefited from a stronger voice. The album has three quest vocalists as well, and whereas two of them don't stick out too heavily from the main vocals, the third one (Kari Grindi from Psykoanalyysi) has such a piercing high-pitch voice that it stands out. His parts give a lot of extra appeal to the four songs he's featured on, in addition to making the whole album more varying and interesting. There are shout choruses in quite a few songs too, so all in all the vocal department is far from dull or basic.
If you're bored by violence as a theme in grindcore, you might fancy the lyrics on this one. They're all about pacifism, anarchy, taking care of each other, equality, and heavy criticism towards politics, fascism, wars, nuclear power and modern western lifestyle - punk-themes, that is. The album deals with the themes of depression, losing hope and criticizing people overall; "I hope we extinct." The lyrics are included in the booklet (which comes with the download-version too), and the band truly isn't trying to hide their views. Otherwise the booklet is rather dull, but maybe it'll be improved for the physical pressing.
"At Least We Did Care" presents 23 minutes of grindcore with respect towards traditions, as well as to the band's own preferences and ideas. It's a good album, but for now the band hasn't managed to unleash their full potential; the album leaves a good aftertaste and shows the effort that went into making the album, but doesn't knock the listener unconscious nor make a permanent mark on him/her. SFD is still young and searching for its own style, but nonetheless they're on to a promising start.