Started as a sideproject by Shane Embury and Jesse Pintado in 1998 with Nick Barker on the drums and metal-mastermind Peter Tägtgren on vocals Lock Up burst like an ill-smelling grindbomb onto the scene with debut Pleasure Pave Sewers in 1999. The dirty harshness the music that record stood for started veering towards at least more well produced ground on follow-up Hate Breeds Suffering from 2002 - the brutality was as intact as ever.
At this juncture Tompa Lindberg had gained control over the vocal duties - and as usual his delivery was impeccable. Hate Breeds Suffering also became Jesse Pintado's last record as he sadly passed away in 2006.
With Anton Reisenegger as new guitarist Necropolis Transparent continues the tradition as laid out on previous releases. The main focus is still speed with one foot firmly planted in grindcore territory and one in death metal. Necropolis Transparent is by far the best sounding release from the band, and the songs really are some of the finest the group's produced.
There is a drive and a rage in every song - very much due to Barker's and Reisenegger's furious playing. Even in relatively slower parts the intensity is kept at maximum level. But the main focus still is to play at pummeling speed - just listen to Anvil Of Flesh and Accelerated Mutation and you'll know what I'm talking about.
Quite naturally I fall like a forest during a hurricane and realize that I have yet another record to consider for the top ten list of 2011.