Nasum - Human 2.0 (Cover Artwork)


Nasum: Human 2.0Human 2.0 (2000)
Relapse Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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I, Goldilocks, curiously crept into the house of grindcore several months ago, lured by the thought of short, politically-charged extreme music adapted from hardcore and crust punk. The first bite I tried was originators Napalm Death, and it was too belchy. Despite all attempts to accept it as is, t.
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I, Goldilocks, curiously crept into the house of grindcore several months ago, lured by the thought of short, politically-charged extreme music adapted from hardcore and crust punk. The first bite I tried was originators Napalm Death, and it was too belchy. Despite all attempts to accept it as is, the Cookie Monster vocals made me a bit sick. Next I tried Pig Destroyer, knowing they began as Cop Destroyer, and it was too long. Grindcore is usually fun for a minute or two, but Pig Destroyer's three minutes of morbidly poetic grind was a little much for a novice. Then I tried Head Hits Concrete after learning of their posthumous deal with G7 Welcoming Committee, but it was too spastic. It sounded like Dillinger Escape Plan, only even harder to listen to. Finally, after nearly giving up, I found Nasum. And it was just right.

Hailing from Sweden and equipped with four already accomplished members, Nasum played brutally fast and heavy grindcore directly influenced by Napalm Death. Unlike Napalm Death, however, the vocals of lead frontman Mieszko Talarczyk were more influenced by hardcore than heavy metal, and unlike most other grindcore bands, Talarczyk played guitar as well as singing.

With a total of 25 songs in just over 38 minutes, the average song on Human 2.0 is 1:31 in length. That's 1:31 of some of the most intense music possible, with neck-breaking blast beats, grating guitarwork, and overdriven hardcore vocals. If you're not strapped in when you hit play, there's a good chance you'll get knocked on your ass.

A quick glance at the song titles is fairly indicative of what to expect lyrically. "Multinational Murderers Network" starts off with a damn-near hip-hop beat, building slowly before erupting into a wall of chaos as Talarczyk yells, "A profit made from death / These huge organizations built on lies / The Multinational, The Unstoppable, Unscrupulous Dead / A broken promise / Unmeasurable strength / Those feeble lies / Spread an awful stench / A juicy profit / And millions are lying dead." "The Idiot Parade" combines a myriad of blast beats, hardcore punk rhythms, and D-beat while containing one of the album's best messages: "Your senseless thoughts of racial pride / Have infested your weak mind / Will you ever realise? / It's not 'you' or 'them' -- it's 'us'!." The terrifying noise of "Riot" clocks in at only 40 seconds and wastes no time declaring war on the status quo: "We are on are march to reconstruct society / We are here to show you our side of reality / RIOT -- burn the streets! / Feel our purifying napalm!." While it's hard to call a standout track on an album like Human 2.0, the hardcore/D-beat "Detonation" is probably the most memorable (though also the least grindcore) with alternating vocals and extreme crust feel.

Sadly, Nasum's existence came to a heartbreaking end when Talarczyk died in the Indian Ocean tsunami, the day after Christmas of 2004. The band rightfully decided to end what was known as Nasum, leaving a parting gift of Grind Finale, a 2-disc set of 152 grindcore classics for anyone who is up to the challenge.

As for Human 2.0, I cannot recommend a better place to start for punkers interested in getting into grindcore. The songs are brutal and intense, but they are short, stomachable, and can soon be found enjoyable.


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RoyStorey (August 29, 2007)

If you're into Nasum, I suggest checking out Gadget.

feeeding5000 (August 26, 2007)

Jeez. I never claimed to be an expert-expert. Just, like, a psuedo-expert. I don't have every Carcass album (just "Symphonies of Sickness", if you must know), I just remembered that Heartwork was the "breakout album".

JustinUCR (August 26, 2007)

I sold Mike Patton a copy of this CD when Tomahawk played the Metro in Chicago for the first time, while working at Clubhouse Records...just a goofy tidbit of info that popped into my head when reading this...

Anonymous (August 25, 2007)

Helvete is better, but this album is still awesome.


Anonymous (August 25, 2007)

Feeding5000 - By recent mindless Carcass worship you mean the ONE album they released by County Medical Examiners? Furthermore, Necroticism is not grind, and it is the album directly before Heartwork. You really are a fountain of knowledge.

Anonymous (August 25, 2007)

I only own Shift by these guys, and I enjoy it. Will probably check out more of their stuff in the future...

What can you say about Napalm Death? They certainly deserve recognition for what they've done, they're also fun live. I own Scum, Enemy.., and Smear Campaign. My problem with Napalm Death is my problem with a lot of grind/death metal, is that it wears really thin after long listen. 5-10 Napalm Death songs in a sitting are good for me. 17 or so and I tend to lose concentration and they all mostly end up sounding the same.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

you guys hear about their singer?

i heard he's all washed up.


Yeah, apparently he got crabs.



feeeding5000 (August 24, 2007)

Oh, and Glasspipe - get either "Scum" or, if you can find it, "From Enslavement to Obliteration". Both are great grindcore classics, much better than the reasonably shitty death-grind that they're putting out now. I'd also recccommend anything pre-"Heartwork" by Carcass...they're of the more ironically disgusting type of grind.

feeeding5000 (August 24, 2007)

Yeah, this is a pretty badass album. I've never even used the word "badass" before, but that's how I would describe this. The best of the traditionalist grindcore bands - far better than any mindless Carcass worship that Relapse is putting out now.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

This had a bit of a weird, quasi cyber-grind sound to it, but its still okay. Shift is a better album in my opinion.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

This review is, what, 5 years late? Good job. Keep us updated.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

Well Leaders Not Followers is an all covers album, so that's obviously not a good place to start. Smear Campaign is the strongest of their post 1999 releases I believe, so if you're not into that one then you won't be into any of the more recent ones.

Give Scum a try. There were two different lineups on each side of the LP but they were mostly the same style. It's basically the first grind album ever.

GlassPipeMurder (August 24, 2007)

Napalm Death records I listened to: Smear Campaign and Leaders Not Followers

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

Dude, you should have done the Pig Destroyer review too.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

What Napalm Death did you listen to? They've gone through about five distinct eras in the 25 years they've been around (Crass records punk, fast hardcore, grind pioneers, death metal experimentation, grindy death awesomeness) and depending on what you hear you might not ever get into the rest of their awesome stuff. I mean, they're one of my favorite bands of all time but I'm missing three of their 90's albums and I'm perfectly fine with that.

Ianw (August 24, 2007)

you guys hear about their singer?

i heard he's all washed up.

Thus_Spoke_Sean (August 24, 2007)

nice review, i haven't had a chance to listene to these guys yet, but have heard the name a few times.

now i know a bit about what to expect!

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