“It really is an explosive weapon, this album, one that discharges a blast front of violent deathgrind but also inflicts bunker-busting grooves and is equally well-calculated to stir up electrified pits of sweat-soaked humanity in the pit.” — No Clean Singing
No Clean Singing is currently streaming Worship, the new full-length from Portland deathgrind practitioners RANK AND VILE, in its rampaging entirety. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, November 17th via Modern Grievance Records.
RANK AND VILE spews forth a crushing fusion of violent deathgrind, downtempo grooves, and crusty mosh madness that was organically grown for mass consumption in the basements of Portland, Oregon. As active members of the clamoring DIY scene in the Pacific Northwest, this four-piece has been on a smear campaign across the West Coast since 2018 with the promises of affordable shows, neck breaks for big business, and walls of death wider than the wealth gap.
After a four-year term since their debut album Redistribution Of Flesh, RANK AND VILE elected to seek the recording council of Hallowed Halls (Poison Idea, Pallbearer) and Leon del Muerte of Beastman Audio (ex-Nails, Terrorizer AD) to draft a twelve-song bill of piss and vinegar that is Worship. As if powered by chainsaws, the album cuts through any political red tape to inspire frenzied rage in the general public and pearl-clutching fear in the outnumbered oppressors.
And while politically charged, RANK AND VILE understands the nuances of this game that nobody wins. Reading less like a dissertation and more like a demented late-night monologue, the lyrics are as amusing as they are brutal, taking shots at flabby politicians, hypocritical religious fanatics, and fence-sitting sycophants.
Writes No Clean Singing in part, “It’s hard to decide which aspect of RANK AND VILE‘s attack is the more powerful — the raging full-throttle violence in their music or the punishing beat-downs, the dense and maniacally abrasive riff-blizzards or the chords that feel like sledgehammer blows or groaning agony, the drumming that fires like automatic weaponry or methodically clobbers. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose, you just have to throw yourself in and get your adrenaline going… The album is also well-timed, because its high-octane fuel is politically charged rage and its method is punishment… Theocrats, autocrats, and plutocrats may not get the justice they deserve in the outer world, but they sure as hell get it in the inner world of this record.”
Read more and stream RANK AND VILE’s Worship full-length at No Clean Singing HERE.
Watch the band’s previously released video for “Destitution” HERE.
Worship includes cover art by Matt Oien and will be available on limited edition vinyl, cassette and digitally. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
RANK AND VILE Live:
11/17/2023 Blackwater – Portland, OR * Worship Record Release Show w/ Rat King, Lesser Animal
11/18/2023 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA w/ Nurser, Worth Nothing, Rat King, Generation Decline, Grim Earth, Maneater
RANK AND VILE:
Theo Spence – vocals
Matt Oien – guitar
James Cox – drums
Leon West – bass