!T.O.O.H.!: Order And Punishment
!T.O.O.H.! - Order And Punishment - [Earache]


I've read a lot of critics raving about !T.O.O.H.! for some time, but I'm afraid they all missed the point, this is a Czech band's third release, but it's also Beavis's first solo album! C'mon, listen to the vocals! I was just waiting for him to go: "My name is cornholio!".

Leaving Beavis aside, this is what you might call "progressive grind-core", but that actually means they create highly progressive death metal, intertwined with jazz and fusion with some other stuff thrown in as well, whatever you may call this, it's quite a work of genius.

I really couldn’t care less for the Czech lyrics, something about demons and molested children, too much Becherovka can be held accountable for that, but the music…the guys can play, and I mean play, this album has some of the tightest playing this side of Cynic, all band members are true virtuoso with their instruments, the fact that the sound is impressive as well just finishes off well what is already a quality product.

No easy listening here, though, they are complex enough be regarded as avant-garde, sounding like Mr. Bungle on drugs, this is an album that needs to be heard at least 50 times before you can make any sense of it.

So, prog-death fans cannot afford to miss this, as do Beavis fans, but anyone else who's looking for melody or logic in his music – steer well away.

Alon Miasnikov

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