Boomkat Product Review:
Blawan & Pariah’s mutant grindcore project ratchets the madness on a full blown follow-up to their outstanding 2022 debut, lunging for the jugular in an angular style reminding of Godflesh, James Plotkin and Alan Dubin’s O.L.D., or Black Mecha’s mentation electronics.
Certain to drive a wedge between tunnel-visioned techno fanboys and more open-minded metal goblins, Persher wickedly expand on the wild thrust of their debut ‘Man With the Magic Soap’ over the course of 11 absurd new songs on debut LP proper, ‘Sleep Well’. Reanimating the cadavers of hardcore punk and radical metal with modular synths and a feral imagination, Arthur Cayzer (Pariah) and Jamie Roberts (Blawan) perhaps betray some signs of their wilder tastes with the increasingly gnarly, offbeat designs of their solo works and combo Karenn on Voam over the past half decade, but Persher is where they fully go in hard with blistering guitars and drums doused in electric noise for full body immolation of style and genre, neatly summed up by their label as like “a bad trip at a basement show”.
We’ve consistently returned to their first EP over the past 18 months, and predict the same for ‘Sleep Well’. Its inexorable, excoriating sense of expression is hard to resist, defined by thrilling buzzsaw riffs and larynx-ripping, ungodly vocals that seriously exhort the ludicrousness of the situation. There feels like a more hardcore punk thrust at work to this lot, there from the head-banging first sacrifice ‘Crumpled Man’, thru the full body gurn rictus grimace of ‘Elemental Stoppage’, to the wild-eyed stepper ‘Hymn to the Tupperbird’ and deathrock goth momentum of ‘Portable Aquarium’ encrusted with modular napalmed guitars and vox. But our faves are when they twist it off the bone, going like Godflesh remixed/re-amped by James Plokin in ‘Medieval Soup From the Milkbar’ - so named for some putrid gruel they supped in the studio - or the ogreish swagger of ’Sycamore’ and ‘Desiccated Forgettables’, and their nod to Swiss metal pioneers Celtic Frost in the deadly focus of ‘Celtic Froth’.