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We've got three Diseased Reason CDs to give away. Comment below with your favorite riff from Recombinant to put yourself in the running.

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The Band

Diseased Reason's primary objective is to get your body moving. Head nodding, feet bouncing, fingers tapping on steering wheels, that sort of thing. And the main tool these Tucsonans' use to achieve that goal is a well-executed riff. Par for the course, right? Well, yes and no. Some bands hold back as if a good riff is a dessert meant to be savored, mainly because they're sadistic twits and they don't pen enough of them. Diseased Reason riff like it's their goddamn job. Luckily for us, they're staffed by great operators. Guitarist/growler Dorian Rainwater is no stranger to a satisfying riff. He has ground down the Southwest with stints in Noisear, Kill the Client, and Phobia. That experience carries over as Rainwater and Dave Carroll, his fellow six-stringer, riff with confidence, secure in their knowledge of how to work a crowd. They're augmented by a rhythm section of Seth Belvitch (bass) and Plutocracy's Eli Bloch (drums) that keeps things interesting with cross-rhythms, mutating the tried-and-true into the exhilarating. Connor Woods, formerly of Abigail Williams, has a scream that welds these pieces together by supplying both a human connection for the inhuman feats and a needed uniformity. Together, Diseased Reason make riffs. A whole lot of 'em. Enough for Billy Anderson, something of a riff hound himself, to record them. Put simply, you don't need to fast-forward to find the riff you're looking for.

The Release

Based on the lineage laid out above, it wouldn't be much of a leap to assume Diseased Reason grind. They definitely do: Recombinant, their newest on Handshake, Inc., comes packed with blasts. However the band's goal isn't to bury riffs beneath a blur. Their primary mode of attack isn't just grindcore, but a grindy core. That reads as needlessly splitting hairs, so think of, say, Crowpath if they stared at a Cursed poster before hitting the studio. It goes a little something like this: Discordant, Rorschach-esque sections bleed melody while BPMs skyrocket. Then, Diseased Reason might pull things back with a circle pit part. That said, they're also all about looking outside their comfort zone to spur an audience into action. Recombinant has a lot of styles grafted on to it. Sludge grooves, death metal chugs, charred tremolo. It doesn't reject these limbs because it's all in services of one result: to transport you to an imaginary live show where everyone is going bonkers. Your body will help you figure out if they succeed. Witnesses may ask if you're okay.

Diseased Reason's Recombinant is out now via Handshake, Inc. You can order a CD — a rare format for Handshake — now.

— Ian Chainey

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