The Finnish grindcore-group Feastem was formed in 2005, released their debut album in 2008, and recorded its follow-up "World Delirium" already in the beginning of the following year. The album was delayed, for instance due to the band changing their vocalist, but was finally published in early 2011.
I was convinced of the band's talent already when I obtained their debut, as, despite its short lenght and primitive song structures, it's still one of the tightest, most aggressive and simply brutal grindcore-albums I've heard to date. This album shows that the band hasn't toned down a bit, which you might already notice from the provocative cover image. The musical style hasn't really changed either; the riffs still rely on simplisticity and brutality, have a good amount of harsh and shredding edge, and overall sound surprisingly original. Instead of the most usual Nasum-ripoffs, the band gets their influence from 90s death metal and rawer black metal. One could say that if you imagine a sped-up and a cruder (this is grindcore, after all) version of early 90s' Entombed with rapidly blasting and sharp drums, highly aggressive and partly distorted raspy shouts and overall rawer soundscape, you come close to what Feastem sounds like. Of course, you have to note that Feastem's average song lasts for around a minute.
The songs range from the most primitive hc-punk-styled riffing to heavier and more brutal output, with their tendency for groovier riffing creating some less overwhelming movement amidst all the beating. There are a few slower moments which bring out the band's skill in doomier areas, such as the four-minuter Fucktory (a tune some of you might already know from the band's debut EP from five years back) and the slower and heavier crusty grind-tune "Riot," and they keep the album from becoming a too oppressive listening experience by letting the listener's ears rest just a bit. Otherwise the album is knit together very tightly, and especially the first few songs seem to follow each other with no actual breaks, and thus gain more and more momentum and hostility. The album opens up so impressively that it makes the album's ending sound a tad lamer in comparison, but it will mostly go away after you've gotten past the shock of the album's initial impact, after which you get to explore its deeper layers.
Similar to the album's bleak and dark visual side, the lyrics present cynical and pessimistic views of the world from a working man's viewpoing. They fit perfectly together with the musical expression and present the band's stands well, although the texts seem to be missing their aim every now and then and could've overall been refined further. The visuals are re-used a couple of times on the album, but nonetheless create a lasting impact.
The album was given a proper lenght and structure, and the soundscape is raw but powerful as well. The bass guitar could've been a bit less muddy, as now the differences between the bass, the rawer guitars and the a bit a bit thin distorted vocals leave some meaningless empty space drifting amidst them. The guitars seem to execute a couple of riffs a bit lazily, perhaps to give some room to the bass guitar which doesn't fill it up enough. In spite of these minor flaws, this album is truly worth checking out if you're into raw and hostile grindcore. Bonus points are awarded for the really powerful and interesting drums, and for the visual, lyrical and musical sides coming together so well. I only wish the album had an outro of some sort instead of its vapid, abrupt end.