Live albums as a concept are generally hit and miss affairs, usually aimed at diehard fans of the band in question. So, when you hear the muted response to Norwegian grindcore band Beaten To Death from a home crowd, you really have to wonder if this is a good idea.
Recorded in June at the Rockefeller in Oslo where the grindcore outfit supported Killswitch Engage, At Rockefeller is a fairly painful affair which takes some real effort to get through the fourteen tracks, even though most of them clock in at under two and a half minutes. Mistakes and all, At Rockefeller is a chaotic, rough affair that doesn’t really do the band, or the genre, any favours mainly due to the fact that the whole thing tends to quickly descend into one big messy noise.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of grindcore when it is played well and there is no doubting that underneath the rough exterior, Beaten To Death are a band with a good set of chops on them. But, when put through a mixing desk in a venue that holds probably ten times the sort of audience the band are used to playing to, tracks like “Krepsekamp” and “Cat Olympics” tend to lose their impact very quickly.
Having said that, there are times when the band show that they can certainly blast with the best of them but, on the whole, At Rockefeller appears to be an album that the band did because, well, they could, not because they were hoping to change the world.
02. Pointless Testament
03. Winston Churchill
04. On Running
05. Vinni Butterfly
06. Soulless Alarm
08. 3-2-1, It’s On
09. Obliteration Of Nekromantheon
10. Cat Olympics
11. A Word To The Wise
12. Groundhog Day
13. Xes And Strokes
14. Erik Og Skrik
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Release Date: November 30, 2012
Check out the song: “3-2-1, It’s On”