by Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 10 August 2009

Grindcore is usually super fast and spazzy, with bands of the genre trying to pound out as many notes as possible within songs that are never longer than a minute or two, but Denver’s Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire slow things down every so often to show you how menacing their riffs truly are. The vocals are also as good as they come for this genre, with frontman Ethan changing flawlessly from high-pitched screeches to gutteral, Cookie Monster growls without the help of any effects.