Wasp Mother – Digital Pollution

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Wasp Mother bring the smackdown with their short but powerful EP, Digital Pollution, assaulting the listener with 10 minutes of unrelenting grindcore, powerviolence and hardcore. I loved the brutality of this album and found that with its shorter run time allowed for repeat listening, that is if you are like me and happen to be a glutton for punishment and wish harm upon both your psyche and your eardrums. If you want an album that won’t go easy on you then give this bad boy a spin or two.

Artist: Wasp Mother
Album: Digital Pollution
Label: Independent
Release Date: January 19th, 2024
Location: Weymouth, Massachusetts

Written by James Sweetlove

Wasp Mother bring the smackdown with their short but powerful EP, Digital Pollution, assaulting the listener with 10 minutes of unrelenting grindcore, powerviolence and hardcore. Don’t worry, I’ll keep this one short, just like the album, I just wanted to give some praise where its due.

I’m not sure which element is harshest here. It could be the vocals which are a mix between a raw barked/shrieked style and a more guttural style, with the two often overlapping. It could be the wild, face melting shredding of the guitars, which vary between downtuned heaviness and raw ripping tones. It could also be the drums, which alternate between crushing pounding and an unrelenting, break-neck speed assault. Lastly it could also be the elements of noise, feedback and distortion layered throughout the release.

While 5 of the album’s 6 tracks only add up to 5-minutes the final track Pale brings it home with a punishing 5-minute run-time. Now five minutes may not seem very long in the grand scheme of things, but when the music is as harsh and abbrasive as it is 5 minutes is a very long time. Luckily the band give us a brief moment of respite at the track’s start, with a 1-minute intro before the weight and aggression of the band come crashing down upon the listener.

Overall, I loved this album and found that with its 10-minute runtime it allowed for repeat listening, that is if you are a glutton for punishment and wish harm upon both your psyche and your eardrums. If this is the power that Wasp Mother can bring on a short EP offering, I cannot wait for their (optimistically guessing/wishing here) upcoming full-length release. So, if you want an album that won’t go easy on you then give this bad boy a spin or two.

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