Gary Mother Fucking Oak – Rebirth (KOF 155)

This is artwork for Rebirth, by who? Gary Mother Fucking Oak, that's who. And he'll be fucking bitches left and right after pulling out the mother fucking master sword.

Artist: Gary Mother Fucking Oak
Title: Rebirth
Label: Kitty On Fire Records
Kat#: KOF 155
Keywords: 8-bit, Electronic, Chiptune, Cybergrind, E-Grind, Grindcore, Hardcore, Metalcore, Neo-Noise, Nintendocore, Punk, Videogame
Reviewer: Alex Spalding

If there are those of you who love NES-style 8bit chip music and grindcore, there’s definitely a solid chance you’ll love this album by Gary Mother Fucking Oak, who is going to catch all your Pokemons and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Track 1 is ‘Rebirth’, which starts with an 8-bit chip sequence and then throws down the black, spiky gauntlet of death metal. This is pretty fucking intense shit. Really fast modulated chip sequences work pretty well between the slams.

‘Mother Brain’ is also good. Metroid references always garner favour from me.

The next track is ‘Override Command Confirmed’. It’s thrashy, thought I heard something about turtle power in there, but it turned out to be “eternal power”. My bad. xP

‘Unity’ kicks off with a filtered speedbreak and chip sounds right before the grind starts. This album is produced really well so far, everything is loud. The vocals are varied, a gutteral low voice, a higher demonic one, then one that’s almost just like spoken word.

‘Predacon Rising’ is at first just some chunky slams, the melodic nintendo stuff works really well with the more subdued guitars.

I enjoyed the really synthy atmosphere in the beginning of ‘Wisdom Of The Deku’, the marching snares were a nice touch… then additional synthetic and melodic tones come in. It’s really nice! The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is probably the most played, favourite Zelda title of all time. I was always the bigger fan of A Link To The Past… I think this might be the 3rd time of referenced that shit in a review on this site now, at least. Shit. Well, anyway, when the guitars and drums come in the track gets really epic. I can almost imagine slaying Ganondorf to something like this. Or maybe being slain by Ganondorf. As long as someone lies slain, this is the soundtrack.

After that is ‘Shadow Castle’ which has a little familiarity to it at the beginning with the NES sequence, though it is probably original. The vocals are nuts on this one, it’s really great! I haven’t really been paying much attention to the lyrics, but instead just letting them effect me as sounds detached from any actual lyrical content or message.

‘Psi Rockin’ Ω’ is really awesome. I love Earthbound/Mother references… my Psi powers were always Drums, which turned out pretty well in-game as the effect of using several of the Psi powers kind of looked like a visual representation of sound waves jettisoning out from hitting several toms and shit. This track begins with a really nice NES sequence, the thrashing metal starts soon after. There’s a section with double-bass and a bass synth that I thought sounded really great!

‘Chaos Trigger’ is a little slower, but gets progressively faster and more intense. I love the chip work on this one, in the lower frequencies. Toward the end it’s all-out thrash, I thought the vocals at 2:04 sounded almost psychedelic for a moment!

Then there’s ‘Holy’ which has some really nice chiptune stuff at the beginning. The double-bass and guitar work really well together on this one, too… I mean, they have the whole album, but they’re perfect and rapid-fire here. The vocals are kinda silly in parts, but it adds to the appeal. It ends with more great chiptune sounds.

‘Of Souls & Swords’ is the final piece, and it’s one of the best tracks on this album, musically. The vocals that come in at first I was not feeling so much, but it gets better. Those vocals do come in again later, but whatev.

Overall, the album was a lot of fun. I had trouble finding things to say about it, regardless of the fact that I enjoyed listening to it all the way through. It’s heavy on the metal and on the NES chip stuff, so all things considered it was made of win. You can pick it up at the link below:

http://kittyonfirerecords.bandcamp.com/album/rebirth

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