Labrat was formed in 1998 at the time featuring John Davey on guitar and two singers. The band issued the Theme For A Downer And Anthems of Rejection EP on FFA Records in 1998, before issuing an album through Visible Noise/Century Media. Shows with Akercocke had to be cancelled in 2004 when Perrier could not participate due to illness. The London-based group lost its singer and soon thereafter split up.
LABRAT - RUINING IT FOR EVERYONE - CENTURY MEDIA
Labrat? Is that the new beer sub-brand of Labatt Brewers? Oh, that's Labrat as in Lab and Rat! Let me just come out and say it. The band is a new entity to me, having never heard of them before! A more important question, however, is whether the band's music is of the heard-it-all-before variety or not and here the answer is largely 'no.' London's Labrat is clearly influenced by Napalm Death and Brutal Truth, but they are also into slowing things down occasionally and throwing the listener in for a loop. Labrat likes to show off its abilities you see, which includes time changes, whirlwind tempo changes as well as standard grindcore fare like simultaneous high and low vocals, blurringly fast rhythms and blast beats. Song titles like Father, Son And Holy Goat, Clint Eastwood Is Very Hard, Innit and Phuelled By Farmicuticals make clear that the band has a thing or two to say, but alas no lyrics are provided. Regardless, there is little about the band that is subtle. Fans of chaotic brutality will love this.
The band's line-up has changed since this recording with the band losing one and gaining two singers. Only time will tell what this means for the band's sound. In the meanwhile, it is good to see Century Media sign an extreme band when it could have signed another Lacuna Coil or Sentenced. - Ali "The Metallian"