Population Reduction is the product of two metal geeks from San Francisco recording their own stuff and apparently not taking anything seriously, which is great. I think the downfall of the entire thrash metal genre is how bad it’s gotten lyrically. I can’t take epic poems about Vikings or necrophilia seriously. I question the sanity of people that can. I don’t like the whole space-age Viking with the fucking KISS face paint and arguing/killing each other over who’s “more evil”.
This shit is heavy, but they manage not to sacrifice speed, or pretty cool riffs instead of just chug-a-chug shit (man, I am really jaded today, aren‘t I?). The song “Plague of the Artists” is the perfect way to start off this record, and a good example of the tone of the whole thing. It’s written in the aforementioned style of some ancient epic poem glorifying the pillaging of a village, but it‘s a tongue-in-cheek statement about the current “emo“/“indie rock“ fad taking over mainstream media. “Wielding fucking metal we wage holy war!”
There was more I was going to say about this, but I don’t even think I have to continue. I’ve listened to this record three times in a row and am about to listen to it again.
Population Reduction on MySpace
Buy it on Interpunk (also includes a CD version with a TON of extra tracks)