Nequient Serves Up Grind, Death Metal + Sludge on “Collective Punishment” (PREMIERE)

Photo: Nicolas Côté

Since forming in 2014, Nequient have been cooking up a tasty stew of death metal, grindcore, sludge, and whatever the fuck you called what Assück played. You have to have the musical chops to pull this off convicably, and luckily for us, the Chicago-based outfit has them in spades.

To date, Nequient have released one EP (2015’s Infinite Regress) and a full-length record (2018's Wolves at the Door), and they got to work on their next release after touring in 2019. Though their sophomore album, Darker Than Death or Night, is already in the can, the quartet is about to drop an appetizer EP called Collective Punishment.

Enough of the babbling, check out what Nequient does via the title track to the forthcoming EP:


"The Collective Punishment EP is a concise reintroduction to what we do as a band and a reaffirmation of our status as DIY lifers," Nequient vocalist Jason Kolkey told No Echo via email. "First, we wanted to give you a preview of the kinds of sounds you can expect from our upcoming full-length with two outtakes from those sessions: Our latest crop of songs finds us out for blood with grinding thrashers like the title track while we continue to expand our horizons through more experimental, noisy excursions like 'Strange Death of Kings.'

"In addition, you get a taste of our live assault from two performances recorded raw in the living room of the amazing Valdosta DIY House in southern Georgia."

"We've never been a band to stick to a single style, and the song 'Collective Punishment' demonstrates how we synthesize many different flavors of heaviness. This track careens from thrashy verses into grinding blasts and a sludgy breakdown, touching on a few other points in between. The lyrics match that unrelentingly aggressive yet thoughtful approach by focusing on the reckoning with police violence in the U.S. as well as addressing how those issues connect to the bigger picture of minority populations struggling for life and dignity around the world."


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The Collective Punishment sessions were produced by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Like Rats) and mixed by Sanford Parker at Hypercube (Voivod, Yob, Eyehategod, Lord Mantis). 

Collective Punishment will be released on digital platforms and in a limited run of cassettes (pre-order here) on November 5th via Nefarious Industries.


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