South Asia has a surprisingly small punk scene, considering the social and political condition of the countries in this side of the world. Multinational Corporations – a duo comprised of Hassan and Sheraz, who also happen to be members of several metal bands in Pakistan – are among the handful of grindcore bands in South Asia who understand the roots and the original intention of this genre of music.
On their debut EP, Jamat-al-Maut, MxCx play the most unadulterated form of grindcore, drenched with undeniable crust punk riffs along with deathgrind tendencies, akin to Terrorizer. Even though grindcore is known for its spontaneous style of songwriting, with bands mostly being content with rather mindless, simplistic style of playing as long as it serves the purpose, this is not the case here. The songs are espcially crafted to be catchy and memorable which makes Jamat-al-Maut less isotropic than From Enslavement to Obliteration. Musically, this is very competent crust punk/grindcore, however, the duo never intended Multinational Corporations to merely be a “grindcore band that plays brutal and catchy riffs”. The theme and content here are of utmost importance, as with any punk release. The lyrical content of the songs deal with several social and political issues plaguing the country including but not limited to the acts committed by taliban, the endless race for more money, naivity and hypocrisy of so called upper class “communists” and general hatred and misanthropy. The aforementioned is vocalized in a growled fashion, very similar to that of Assuck and Brutal Truth.
Unfortunately, Jamat-al-Maut is only 13 minutes long, which is short even for a crust/grind release. This is not a complaint, however, since even in the short span of 14 minutes, the EP is very satisfying, especially with the closing track which is similar to some of the darker neocrust/hardcore songs from the 90s. A very competent and enjoyable release which any fan of the genre will enjoy.
– Rohit Chaoji