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Professor - Academizer - 88%

Memnarch, March 28th, 2010

You don't come across a record with the lyrical themes about University and studying too often, so you'd be forgiven for thinking 'Professor' are a joke band. 'Academizer' is their only release and they are virtually unknown. Forgiving, this is not, the EP is an intense barbaric assault of Death Grind done the traditional method, light speed blasting, putrid gutteral growls and grinding guitar riffing. The heaviness of this record lays waste to everything that calls itself grind these days, this is grindcore paying homage to the genre's forefathers Napalm Death, Carcass and Terrorizer, but with it's own unique twist. Where as the aforementioned bands were more into their politics and thinking of fun things to do with the human anatomy, Professor are more like three discontented students who got kicked out of university, and could think of no better option to vent their anger than through a blistering piece of grind on seven inches of black wax.

Opening track 'Professor' consists of three and a half minutes of pure sonic obliteration, the guitar playing is unbelievably fast and even sometimes breaks into an almost groove like thrash riff while the vocals sound like someone dragging a sheet of plywood over a concrete floor. 'Slayer on steroids' would be an apt term to describe them. Unlike a lot of grind, each track is distinct in many ways from its predecessor, 'Immatriculation' sounds like early german thrash only doubled in speed with an underworld demon for a frontman. There is even a strong nod to early Bathory in 'Into the Auditorium' with the ragged, loose guitar riffing and feral nature to the song. Closer 'Numerus Clausus' again keeps up with very thrashy riffing, and at forty nine seconds, clearly play a section of the infamous 'Reign in Blood' riff, which I would say is more a homage to their heroes than blatant plagiarism.

Grind isn't a genre which interests me at all, apart from the main players, I tend to find a lot of it banal and brutal purely for the sake of it, but with Professor my attention didn't wane a single moment as the music is so diverse and incorporates many different styles of metal, from thrash to Black to Death. The music is surprisingly dynamic for a grind record and this is what sets it apart from the sea of other acts, it's a shame this is all the band produced as there was a mountain of potential in this release. If you're a student who is feeling the stress of exam time, and want a musical outlet to vent your frustrations, certainly let the grinding juggernaut Professor give you a hand.

Yo ... grindcore from 1993 but still cool ... - 80%

oneyoudontknow, June 6th, 2009
Written based on this version: 2003, CD, tUMULt (3" CD-R)

Once released on a 7" vinyl disk, 2003 the Canadian label tUMULt thought it might be appropriate to dig up of this rare releases of the metal scene and to spread it unto the masses again. OK, this is rather an assumption, but it can be doubted that the first and only release of Professor -- what a strange name for a metal respectively grindcore band -- was sold in large numbers. In the age of the CD a 3" edition is quite appropriate for a release whose length is less then twelve minutes.

Well, the first impression: this is damn raw stuff... I really mean raw and this is cool. Due to the bad mix the cymbals create some noisy texture in the background and a crackling sound is also not missing. Nothing is polished here, but this works fine with the music. Aggressive, merciless blasts, slower interludes, solos, harsh screams in the background ... hell, this is brutal from the beginning to the end. In terms of the style grindcore is dominating, but also glimpses of death as well as thrash metal can be found. Actually, the song-writing is pretty cool and offers a lot of facets to the listener; the compositions are not always endless blasts respectively a monotonous grindcore stuff. Occasionally the band drifts of into other genres and enriches the tracks with additional facets. Do not be mistaken, this is very intense and aggressive stuff. No mercy is shown here, but everything works together neatly. Those four compositions have an enormous drive and power, beyond a large amount of catchiness.

Sadly, no lyrics had been printed in the small booklet, because the track titles -- Professor, Immatriculation, Into the Auditorium, Numerus Clausus -- give hints to an issue that is rarely dealt with in the metal maybe not even in the entire music scene. Students and their everyday existence, the horrors they have to go through on university, the stress of exams and the injustices they might suffer due to bad marks or unfair professors. Being a grindcore band, the listener faces the some difficulties in understanding what the compositions are all about due to the extreme kind of vocals; well, a similar issue that appears in the black metal scene.

So, even though the music might not be the best, the aspect when it was released is certainly able to compensate for this. Nasty and evil sounding grindcore is offered and it is a damn fine piece.

Recommended tracks: Numerus Clausus