PLF – Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter

When it was announced that Bryan Fajardo was joining PLF it was pretty exciting. Let’s be honest, as far as grindcore drummers go, Fajardo is royalty with his name over albums by Kill The Client, Gridlink and Phobia and now he adds PLF’s third LP Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter to his glistening resume.

At the same time however, Texas’s PLF (Pretty Little Flower originally, now Pulverising Lethal Force) have never been slouches themselves, as evidenced by their lengthy discography of LPs, EPs and splits amassed since 2000. Last year’s split 7” with Nashgul definitely catapulted them back into the grindcore consciousness again but Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter takes everything to a whole new level.

Over the last 12 months the world of grindcore has been on top form with many impressive releases coming from all angles, whether you’re Pig Destroyer or Cloud Rat. Standing out is key of course and PLF do so with ease on these 17 minutes of caustic and corrosive fury.

Of course, the drumming needs to be mentioned. It’s fierce and unrelenting, with dizzying blasts in abundant supply, it almost feels silly pointing out what is so obvious. The buzzsaw guitars are the perfect garnish, drawing from the Insect Warfare pool a little bit, while the vocal delivery is mostly on the deep, coarse end of the spectrum, dipped in judicial amounts of reverb.

Terse and concise as always, this is PLF at some of their ferocious best.

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