Bucket Full of Teeth – IV

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner, and its name is Bucket Full of Teeth. Composed of former and current members of Orchid, Ampere, and Wolves, Bucket Full of Teeth comes out ripping flesh and spewing blood everywhere. This is the band that should have logically come after Orchid and not Panthers. Given, I still like the first Panthers record quite a bit but only because it pretty much sounds just like Nation of Ulysses. Bucket Full of Teeth is onto something completely different. This band is breaking down the barriers of powerviolence/grindcore and showing us all what is really possible while breathing new life into a genre choking on bland metal riffs and cookie monster vocals. Leave it to the man they call Killingsworth to flatten the earth with thundering doom metal-influenced power chords chugging along at breakneck speeds before tearing ass into the most brutal blast beat noisecore this side of Daughters or Melt-Banana.

The record is called IV as it is the fourth installment in the Bucket Full of Teeth recordings. The first three consisted of an ambitious three-7″ ordeal called I, II, and III respectively, that all had interlocking artwork. It begins with an ambient track called “Imperfect Vibrations,” which sounds just like what the title implies, nearly one minute of rumbling low-end noise. This quickly segues in to “Capital Distracts and Imprisons,” a song that could easily sum up all of what Bucket Full of Teeth is about. This track begins with about 15 seconds of hoarse screaming over the top of furious blast beats before diving headlong into a guitar part that sounds like it could have easily been constructed by Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, or Slowdive. Delay effects pan back and forth as the notes go higher and higher still encased in overlapping screams. More grindy fun ensues before the band dives into an ungodly heavy chugging part infused with Black Sabbath riffs played at ridiculous speeds not unlike High on Fire. All at once the distortion completely drops out and we are left with the shell of a ringing space guitar right before Bucket Full of Teeth bashes your skull into tiny shards with a slow-churning doom metal riff that ends the song one minute and 20 seconds after it begins. “The Dream Continues” gives us more ambient noise similar to Black Dice’s Creature Comforts, which lasts about 30 seconds before another pile driving riff stomps a mudhole through your face.

If you’ve been following all of this so far, you’re probably thinking you should be getting off your lazy ass and hauling it to the nearest indie record store to see if they have a copy of this. Need more convincing? How about after another one of those chaotic rippers you get an even prettier instrumental track called “The Path.” This track sounds sort of like what Kevin Shields was doing with his instrumental songs on the Lost in Translation soundtrack, in other words, like the ghost of a My Bloody Valentine composition. Of course by the time you’ve had a chance to think about any of this, Bucket Full of Teeth is already taking a hacksaw to the base of your spine with more buzzsaw guitars and headache inducing drumming.

Bucket Full of Teeth switches back and forth between nosebleed highs of grindcore insanity and moments of tranquility and calm for the entirety of IV. The record is very short, encompassing only about 16 minutes of music, even less if you decide to skip the noise interlude tracks. Bucket Full of Teeth gives you more in those short precious minutes than most bands can muster in an hour or even 30 minutes. IV is without a doubt one of the best records of the year for enthusiasts of the most abrasive styles of music. I would go so far as to say that this is the best grindcore record I’ve heard since Daughters’ Canada Songs from 2003. In short, there are only two words with enough weight to describe this record: FUCKING BRUTAL!!!