(As published in the Illinois Entertainer ... )
You've heard the expression "So bad it's good"? Well, North's Genocidal World is so bad it's horrible. Not that as devotees of apocalyptic Christianity and industrialized metal they don't have a right to express themselves for thirty-six minutes, but where did they get the idea to follow the last track with another thirty-six minutes--of the entire album in reverse? True, Don Grillo's backward rock-operatic yowling makes the end of the world more tolerable than his frontward rock-operatic yowling does if only because backwards you can't understand lyrics like "We're a filthy plague / Knocking down on heaven's door / Leaving festering wounds to grow / Into future wars," lyrics that make you wish the world would end--or the song, whichever might come first. Something tells me that wasn't the apocalyptic effect this Glendale Heights, Illinois, quartet intended.