Jarhead Fertilizer - Product Of My Environment review

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Band: Jarhead Fertilizer
Album: Product Of My Environment
Release date: February 2021

01. Intro
02. Product Of My Environment
03. Trials And Tribulations
04. Silence The Narc
05. Paranoia Seeping
06. Embedded In Your Mind
07. Baptized By Fire
08. An End To Your Sacred World
09. Drowned In Your Blood
10. Agony Churning
11. Life Is A Prison

It might take as much as ten years to come out with a debut full length if half your band is also in Full Of Hell.

I lied. The two Jarhead Fertilizer members who were/are in Full Of Hell were never in the band at the same time, as Sam DiGristine pretty much replaced Brandon Brown as Full Of Hell's bass player since 2015, but they've both been in Jarhead Fertilizer since around 2010. A couple of EPs and splits followed, but sporadic releases in 2011 and 2015 are far from a prolific career, especially since their debut full length, Product Of My Environment, comes after 6 years of releases-silence, and it's only 20 minutes long.

And considering the Full Of Hell relation, let's say I was expect some grind more in line with this other album I reviewed. Instead I was met with gnarly OSDM riffs. I mean, you can feel some powerviolence roots in it, but for the most part this is death metal at its ugliest, just filtered through grind. Hell, at points its closer to goregrind in terms of its claustrophobic production that makes you feel like you're in a dark basement soaked up to your knees in filth and blood. The riffs themselves don't go as close to goregrind as the production, but those gurgles in "Embedded In Your Mind" sure do.

The whole album feels very primitive, but it's surprisingly very confortable in mid-and-slow paces for its grind connotations, compared to the fast paces you'd expect it to. Don't get me wrong, it still has those in spades, but it plays on the whole spectrum. Call it pace-fluid if you want. But despite that, the album is pretty simple and straightforward in a "no bullshit" way. Complete with some film samples (I think I recognize Mean Streets out of those, but I could be wrong), not making the songs longer than 2 minutes unless they need to, and not really changing the soundscape until the second-to-last track, the album just breathes filth. Like it's waiting for someday a real rain to come and wash away all this scum.

So yeah, don't be fooled by the punk aesthetic of this album. Only give it a listen if you can make the time to take a shower afterwards.


Written on 17.03.2021 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


Comments: 2   Visited by: 8 users
19.03.2021 - 18:34
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Listened to this last night. Pretty standard DM with a dark aesthetic and lots of fun samples. It's okay. Good but not great.
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
19.03.2021 - 18:44
Written by Boxcar Willy on 19.03.2021 at 18:34

Listened to this last night. Pretty standard DM with a dark aesthetic and lots of fun samples. It's okay. Good but not great.

Yeah, won't be thinking much about it after a few weeks. But I loved the way it sounded.
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