Surrender to the groove. Groove in extreme metal is, aside from a few outliers, maybe something I don't appreciate as much as I should. A solid groove, and I mean one which really makes my foot tap, is hard to create, especially with so many put to tape in extreme metal's near-40 year run, and yet Shock Withdrawal, who boast former Maruta vocalist Mitch Luna among their ranks, is a powerful reminder that the groove is here to stay. On their debut single "Contrition," Shock Withdrawal mixes grind's intensity with a strong sense of rhythm and, of course, groove to make a strong case in their favor. Groove metal might not be the best thing in the universe, fine, but using groove to make your death metal even more powerful is something which should be lauded, and "Contrition'"s head-bobbing nightmare should be celebrated and met with the most violent two-step possible. Watch a new video for "Contrition" below.

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Limited edition tape available via Brutal Panda Records.

7" vinyl available via Roman Numeral Records.

CD version available through SelfMadeGod Records.

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