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Album Review

This is Lock Up's second album and their first with Tomas Lindberg (formerly of At the Gates) on vocals. They promise old school, high-intensity grindcore and that is basically what they deliver. The album gets off to a bang with the opening track, "Feeding on the Opiate," with its surprisingly catchy guitar riffing and possessed, screaming vocal refrain. Following this track are fifteen more blasting assaults, none more than three minutes (the entire album clocks in at less than thirty) and, unfortunately, none quite as memorable as the opener. The songs are all solid and expertly performed. After all, these are some of the better musicians in this particular business, but there is a tendency to get formulaic with the guitar parts and the vocal patterns at times. On the plus side, the production is excellent (especially in capturing the dirty guitar tones), while the overall aggression on display here comes across as very real and convincing. So while it's not exactly new or groundbreaking, Hate Breeds Suffering is still recommendable for metallic grindcore fans looking for a quality fix.

Customer Reviews


This album is a treat! It does tend to blur but thats part of the face melting fun of Metalic Grindcore at its best.

supergroup grind band delivers!!!

On paper, Lock Up should be nothing short of incredible, a death metal/grindcore fan’s wildest wet dream come true - so to speak. Just look at the line up: Jesse Pintado and Shane Embury from Napalm Death, ex-Cradle of Filth/current Dimmu Borgir human tornado Nick Barker on drums and ex-At The Gates/current The Crown growler Tomas Lindberg on the mic, replacing Hypocrisy/Pain frontman Peter Tagtgren. That’s a damn formidable pedigree, yet once again the extreme metal supergroup comes across as nothing more than ordinary on record. Instead of building on their collective strengths and doing something unique and magnificent - which they certainly seem capable of - Lock Up spend most of their energy on their second release rehashing dated thrash histrionics and borrowing from Napalm Death’s Harmony Corruption/Utopia Banished-era hyperspeed book of tricks. And that’s pretty much what they did on the 2000 debut Pleasure Paves Sewers as well. Hate Breeds Suffering offers 16 stripped down, micro-burst tracks - the entire album clocks in at a viciously efficient 29:44 - where Pintado grinds away as fast as he can on his guitar trying to keep pace with Barker’s gatling-gun blast beats while Lindberg screams his head off over it all. There’s really not much more to it than that. It’s raw, primal, pissed off and brutal to be sure, but in the end Lock Up still come off sounding like Dark Angel played by a hardcore band or Pintado’s old group Terrorizer. “The Sixth Extinction” does have a nifty, old school black metal vibe and Pintado lands some bruising, kidney-punch hooks on “Retrogression,” “Dead Sea Scroll Deception” and elsewhere, but anyone looking for an extreme metal epiphany on Hate Breeds Suffering likely will come away wondering what all the fuss was about.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A side project for Napalm Death's Shane Embury (bass) and Jesse Pintado (guitar), Lock Up was essentially conceived as a booze-fueled return to the raw brutality of mid-'80s proto-death metal. Named after a death metal drumming technique in which the arms are stiffened to produce lightning-fast blastbeats, Lock Up was initially rounded out by Cradle of Filth drummer Nick Barker (later of Dimmu Borgir) and Hypocrisy vocalist/production mastermind Peter Tagtgren. Defusing possible supergroup-type expectations...
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