Slash Dementia begun as a project-band that released its debut demo in 2010. It seems that the band has become a more serious one than was originally intended, and the latest fruition of its evolution is this, their debut album. The album is currently available only as a high-quality download, but a CD-R-pressing should pop up in the near future.
Don't let the doomy and slow-paced intro mislead you, as this album is all about downtuned grindcore with some death metal-influence. The songs range from half a minute bits to over two minutes long anthmes of hate, but no matter what their length is, the songs have zero filler in them. Stylistically they vary from fast and purely hostile grindcore-songs to slower and heavier ones, and some of the songs have a hint of groove in them too. The songs follow each other without any breaks, and despite being tied together into a very solid bunch, they're easy to tell apart through their variation, nuances and different emphases; whereas "Violence, Act Four" and "Palava Katse" are chaotic half-minuters, "People Die" is a groovier one with some black metal-like lead guitar tremolo, and its follower roams forward on a slower tempo and more prominent rhythms.
I criticised the "Symptoms Are..."-demo about many things, but luckily the group seems to have given this recording a lot more attention. The songs are tight, the soundscape is heavy but nicely raw, and all the instruments have enough power and room to breathe and to give their own little spices to the songs. Especially the drums need to be complimented, as they sound really lively but still brutal, and constantly keep the songs interesting and on the move. The songs are varied, but the album isn't disjointed at all - aside of the "death 'n' roll"-song "Rabies Babies" with a guest growler. The song sounds too different from the rest of the album and breaks its flow, and should've been left out or been added as a separate bonus track. The actual lead vocals are low and hoarse shouts that took me a little time of getting used to them. They have a good amount of aggression and fit the heavy-ish soundscape, but it still seems that the singer would need more practice with his style; he seems to be holding back, possibly afraid that his voice would break. It's a shame, as when he lets his voice roam loose (such as on "Living Dead Meat") he sounds a lot more hostile and credible.
The album's visual side is confusing, at least for a grindcore-album. I don't see how the artwork relates to the music, but at least it stands out from the mass already due to its colorscape. The booklet's (which came as a .pdf-file with the download) font is a pain to read, but hopefully the band fixes the issue for the physical pressing. The lyrics tell about rebellion, society, the government, Earth's slow destruction, hate and violence, along with a couple of more humorous tunes about zombies that could've been left out to make the overall lyrical supply more convincing and credible. The lyrics are somewhat simple, but hold a lot of attitude and a good amount of shout-alongs, too. Even so, there's still room for improvement.
The band has found their own style and have become a great deal more dedicated to their craft when comparing the album with their debut demo-release. "Race Against the Machine" makes an impact, even though there's still room for the band to take their concept further. Do note that even if the album lasts for a mere 22 minutes, it has such an amount of weigth and content that it doesn't seem short at all - especially so when there's virtually no breaks between the songs.