Harvest Records

Death Grips

Bottomless Pit

FINAL GRADE

by KV

For a band who supposedly retired just last year, claiming to be over because "we are now at our best," Death Grips are surprisingly busy. They’ve always been a provocative band; both musically and in their approach. Whether it’s a fake retirements, not showing up to shows and leaving a death note on a screen onstage, or releasing albums out the blue – you can always expect the unexpected from Death Grips.

And yet, you always know where they stand musically. The sound of a Death Grips record is unmistakable – it is powerful, aggressive, and confrontational. Bottomless Pit is very much more of the same, but still sees the group pushing their sound forward.

 

Opener "Giving Bad People Good Ideas" announces their return with their most anthemic (and potentially most accessible) song to date. From then on, it’s very much business as usual.

Ranting over an abrasive blend of basslines and synths, frontman Stefan Burnett sounds rejuvenated, barking his way intensely through the likes of "Hot Head" and "Spikes."

 

There’s a powerful rage to his delivery which has been evident throughout Death Grips’ whirlwind career, but on Bottomless Pit, he sounds focused and energized.

 

Lead single "Eh" is a potential turning point for the band. It is the most restrained moment on the record (and probably in their entire discography), as Burnett chooses to adopt a more languid approach over a classic Death Grips instrumental. Lyrically, it’s a confrontational brush off to their critics – and they’ve had a few, given how they’ve approached their live shows in the past.

 

On Bottomless Pit, the message is clear: Death Grips is back, like it or not.

Song You Need To Hear: "Giving Bad People Good Ideas"

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