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PITCHSHIFTER Submit

EP · 1992 · Industrial Metal
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4.5/5 ·
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Just a year after their debut hit the scene, simply titled Industrial, the band came back with an EP which already got the band into more of their own sound. While it is an EP, it is longer than the debut if including the silence on the last track. Even if you don't count those, it's only about 10 minutes shorter. While their debut could be a bit too derivative from Godflesh for some, Submit increases the thrash and death metal influences to make Pitchshifter a force to be reckoned with.

Apart from "New Flesh PSI", which isn't really much of a song, this album never lets up with crushing industrial fury that punches the listener to the floor. "Gritter" is a real teeth grinder, which sets the stage for all of the gritty and crunching riffs that permeate through the album. It's also almost impossible to not want to growl along. "Deconstruction" is probably the best on here, and one of Pitchshifter's best tracks in general. It really shows what was to come on the next album, with a driving nail of a riff and J.S. Clayden's chaotic vocal attack. "Dry Riser Inlet" is another one of the band's best tracks, which is a foreboding industrial death metal masterpiece. The bass is driving, but the guitar and vocals are stark during the chorus. The last song "Silo" is an instrumental sludgy dirge that is a great end to the album.

Submit has just the right amount of Pitchshifter's own flavor to make it stand out more than their debut. Some of the best death metal-infused industrial metal out there is on this record, and it should be an essential listen for any industrial fan. As fantastic as this EP is, the band would reach their peak with the following album. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!
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