June 4, 2013 | , | 3.5

PLF, Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter

PLF: Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter

These Texan sonsabitches have been grinding it out since 1999 and this is the first damned time I’ve heard of PLF!? I can’t really be blamed can I? I mean, in that time, Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter is just the band’s third full-length effort. Regardless, I’m wholeheartedly glad to have their latest “long player” — fourteen tracks tear through in just over 17 minutes — and have been cranking it’s groove-fueled mayhem nearly non-stop since it arrived.

Featuring a fairly new rhythm section as of 2011 in the form of Marshall Sehmann on bass and Bryan Fajardo (Phobia, Kill the Client, Noisear) on drums, P.L.F. lay down some solid grind-core throughout this quick hitting release. Sure, each track bombards you with animalistic blast beats, rumbling bass and Dave Callier’s guttural barks, but the music found here also has a bit of a galloping groove underneath it all. Now, this isn’t gonna be an album you put on to nod your head slowly to. This shit will have your neck sore for days trying to keep up with the rapid fire tempo shifts and vicious riffing.

Opening volley of fury, “Trinitrotoluene Negation,” is bestial in its delivery and single-mindedness. It’s a song that’s meant to lay down the law and let you know these guys aren’t here to fuck around. It’s a no-nonsense song with plenty of rhythm shifts, blasts and head-snapping momentum. Man, it sets the albums’ tone perfectly. The one-minute, punk-infused attack of “Blistered Dejection” only leaves you wanting more. Have no fear. “Grinder of Fools” is right up next to whet your appetite with even more groove injected into one hell of a catchy grind track.

In the mood for something a bit more rabid and less groovey? Check out the absolutely frantic “Klaxon of Puzzlement,” the bludgeoning “Renegade Incompetence,” or… oh hell just check out the whole fucking album. You can’t go wrong with any of the songs on Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter. Each track is ferocious in it’s own right, yet the band was smart enough to keep everything varied between songs so as to not overwhelm with redundancy. There’s more than enough to keep you all fully entertained here, well, at least for the next 17 minutes.