Fast Food System – White Plate (2014) – Russia’s Fast Food System (now under the name of Desert Priest) have created a really awkward mix of death metal that mixes in with industrial and keyboard atmospheres. The drum sound is particularly important as it sort of mimics that classis eighties Skinny Puppy style, albeit with added hypnotics. There are some seriously odd things brewing on this release, but there are also moments where distorted riffs will mix in with heavy grunts in order to create a very scratchy sort of sound that comes off raw and unhinged.
The hypnotics really seem to affect me more than anything, especially when the vocalist pulls off some unexpected vocal antics in addition to his grunts. You’ll just have to hear it for yourself to understand what kind of weirdness I’m talking about. In a way, it sort of reminds me of Godflesh which is a band that I’ve always had a bit of a hard time getting into, regardless of how much I like industrial. But Fast Food System seem to add a little bit more to that formula as they unleash a far more abrasive and ominous landscape that most people won’t expect. In addition to some vocal harmonization which almost feels like chanting in some aspects.
The extremely deep vocal approach from the frontman almost sounds like a Gregorian monk chant at times, so it’s even stranger to me when a guttural growl unleashes shortly after what seems to be a “religious” experience. White Plate is not a very long recording. In fact, it’s about the length of an EP and seems to set the stage for something else that the band would continue under the new moniker.
Regardless of its size, there’s something boldly intriguing lurking within these soundscapes and you’ll definitely want to give it a listen yourself, especially if you’re looking for a good mix of death, industrial and what sometimes feels a little like Type O Negative in terms of broodiness.
Quite simply, it’s a very thick and very weird release and I’ve never heard anything quite like it. If this is what Desert Priest will deliver with their full length (to be reviewed soon) then I’ll definitely have to prepare both mentally and physically for the onslaught of what’s to come. The Grim Tower definitely recommends that you check out White Plate and definitely give the Desert Priest stuff a listen as well.
(8 Tracks, 25:00)