(Death Wake Records – 2014)
What can you expect from a band who thrives on such wonderful genres as punk, crust, grind and everything under the metal sun of these days? Well, you get a band like MARGINAL waving their own flag of All School, gathering under one banner all those precious things we all love from bands like Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Nasum or Discharge, just to name a few! This Belgium band doesn’t really cares about labels or comparisons and they just play what they feel like playing, as long as it sounds good. And sounding good they did with their debut “The Venom”.
With thirteen tracks of furious punk/crust sweetness with a few stabs on the more grind side of things here and there, this is the first album from the Antwerp based band, formed by current and past members of acts like Aguardente, Jesus Martyr, Mantiis, Helldozer and too many others to mention. The songs don’t extend their welcome as the whole album clocks under the twenty minute mark, so be prepared for a fast delivery and an angry presentation, even if sometimes they mess with you and go on a more death metal path with more groove than speed (‘Fuck This Shit’)! There’s nothing too technical here, which is what you want to find with a band like MARGINAL, you want the energy and the aggression. You want to feel the punches without getting hurt. You want songs like ‘Work Die’, ‘Modern Terrorist Hobby Set’ or the personal favorite ‘6000 Feet Under’!
Their new album is set for a January 2015 release, so make sure you warm up your engines for the new stuff with the songs from “The Venom”! I’ve already heard some of the new tracks and all I can say is that they’re going for the throat with the next one! Check them out!
[reviewed by: Rui Marujo]