95% - 100%: Mind-blowing! The complete
package! Buy this without hesitation!
85% - 95%: Killer release for the
genre, check it out.
80% - 85%: Solid release with a
few minor shortcomings.
70% - 80%: A little disappointing,
but hints at potential and by no means 'bad'. I'll await future recordings
before final judgement.
60% - 70%: Unimpressive, average
and quite possibly boring.
< 60%: Don't waste your time
on this piece of rotting faecal matter.
Abaddon Incarnate - Dark Crusade
Label: Xtream Music
Let me tell you; this album almost broke
my f***ing neck! I was sifting through some new Grindhead stock and randomly
threw this on. What graced my ears was a kind of progressive death/grind
group from Ireland. Others have dubbed the group grind, whereas I'd call
them brutal death metal with a very progressive influence, incorporating
the no-nonsense, unpredictable nature of Grindcore.
Abaddon Incarnate utilise elements of death,
grind and crust while mixing things up with the occasion nod to newer extreme
strains such as Aborted style grooving death, or newer school Nasum/Rotten
Sound type grind. The beauty of this album is the groups ability to constantly
switch things up - in the album you can hear throwbacks to Morbid Angel,
Suffocation, Aborted, Napalm Death, Terrorizer and Circle of Death Children
to name but a few. The brutal dual vocal attack also helps keep things
interesting. Add the thick, rich production courtesy of Mieszko (Nasum)
and you've got one brutal f***ing concoction of destruction! Grab this
if you are a fan of new death metal or grind.
Asschapel - Fire and Destruction
Genre: Metallic Hardcore
Label: Crimes Against Humanity
The Chapel of Ass. An interesting name,
and great music. The group lies somewhere in between thrashing death, hardcore
and crust. Their lyrics are half-serious bursts of embellished apocalyptic
hatred and rage - which matches the music perfectly. The vocals are hostile
as any hardcore group and as violent as any Grindcore outfit. There isn't
too much that can be said about this album - it grooves, it thrashes and
it rocks. It's just a great f**kin hate-filled burst of aggression - a
solid wall of energy as someone put it. Check this one out.
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace - Still Human,
Genre: Death Grind
Label: Grindhead Records
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace are Sydney's
youngest and newest Grindcore outfit, hastily picked up by Grindhead Records
to release this, their debut four-track EP. Two things stand out on this
EP: the diverse vocal style of Bart and the blistering drumming of 16 year
old Steve (which, I assure you, will more than impress). The songs themselves
are rarely run over two minutes, packed with brutal blast beats, impressive
fills, thrashy guitar riffs and intelligent lyrics.
Stylistically the group draw from both
old and new schools of Grindcore - fusing that of old Napalm Death and
Discharge with newer groups such as Rotten Sound, Pig Destroyer and Circle
of Dead Children. From witnessing their first live performance I can safely
say we are going to hear a lot more from this ambitious young group, who
have the talent, passion and dedication to make a big impact on the Australian
(and eventually international) metal scene.
You can pick up their EP for $7.5 USD ($10
AUD). For more information and MP3s visit www.grindheadrecords.com
or their My
Space page . Definitely a group to check out.
Bile - Camp Blood
Genre: Horror Gore Grind
Label: No Escape Records
If you know me (and you don't) you'll know
I'm not exactly the biggest fan of gore/grind. In fact, most gore/grind
is about as appealing as an oiled up Mr. T electro-torturing my rectum.
I see most of it as sloppy, incoherent and most of all utterly pointless.
Throw some basic riffs together, a few tempo changes (blast / chug / blast
/ groove / blast) and some grumbling guttural s*** about hacking people
up and you've got a gore grind classic. To some, gore is bliss - to me,
it's as boring as bats*** (unless it is done exceptionally well, as seen
later in this installment).
There were times on the album like the
opening of Axe Wielding Killer where I started to actually enjoy Bile,
but all hope of a satisfying release was taken away from me with the same
old chugging riffs, and uninspiring vocals. "Roaawarraarr grah gwaaf bwahcar!"
Yeah, compelling stuff there. Real philosophical insight. The insert tells
me the lyrics are as groundbreaking as "Swinging blades, take off heads,
severed limbs, teenage jigsore, strangling victims while stabbing their
lungs" - not that anyone would notice or care if they were fascinating
abstractions on the nature of existence.
To me the entire album just sounds like
a muffled sample of a sloppy turd being expelled from an obese mans rotting,
struggling insides, slowed down and drawn out with a drum track thrown
over the top of it - and it doesn't interest me in the slightest. Generic
gore almost pisses me off as generic death metal (see: Deicide). Obviously
the continued evolution of metal lies in rehashing horror movie concepts
and meaningless guttural crap. Give me a break. f*** boring and incoherent
Biolich - The Space Between Home and
Label: Paragon Records
For some reason Biolich remind of Converge.
At first glance they appear to be a grotesque, hulking gore/grind monster,
thrashing awkwardly about with such immense violence and power once cannot
help but be in awe. But upon closer inspection, you find a certain grace
and beauty in that brutality - you realise the unwieldy movements are in
fact deliberate and calculated, with such cryptic complexity and skill
they only seem random and chaotic.
This is definitely not your average grind
band. At its most heavy the group sounds like a blasting Mastodon - those
catchy yet awkward riffs bludgeoning you with off-beat trickery and multifaceted
blows. Then unexpectedly you'll come across a riff or passage which comes
across as melodic, almost beautiful in a twisted and sinister sort of way.
The vocals switch from up front screams, to group vocals (all group members
share vocals), to taking a back-seat to the music, lurking in the background
amidst a wall of dissonant sonic intensity.
Like Converge and Mastodon, there is certainly
nothing conventional about this band. Their style is unique and unlike
anything else I have heard - I have compared them to the two aforementioned
bands purely to underline this. The musicianship of all band members is
mind blowing. Write that name down people, Biolich (Boron Iodine Oxygen
Lithium Carbon Hydrogen). Unfortunately this is only a six track MCD, so
just as you begin to dissemble Biolich you're left confounded and confused.
F**k knows what this is, but I know I want more! Should go down well for
fans of Cephalic Carnage, Demilich and progressive groups pushing the future
of Grindcore. Word is they are currently doing a split with Lord Gore on
No Escape Records.
Embalming Theatre - The World
is a Stage
Genre: Gore Grind
Label: No Escape Records
The Swiss group of Embalming Theatre are
on of the most respected and well recognised men in gore. Boasting a beyond
impressive discography and having existed for a decade, it is clear to
see these gore grinders are passionate about what they do. No really being
one for gore, I don't own any of their back catalogue - so I can only go
from what I've heard here.
Embalming Theatre play a gory mix of mid-tempo
death, brutal death grooves and all out grind. The album is something of
a concept album - as the CD title may suggest to you, the entire 18 tracks
are about real-life happenings across the world in the last few years (examples
are 'Thieves tried to snort a bag of power they found. The band contained
the cremated remains of a dog called Charlie.' And 'A man (on LSD) cut
off his penis then fried and ate it'). It's clear the guys mix some humour
with their gore - as song titles like Get High on a Dead Dog and Amputation
of the Wrong Leg Pt. II may suggest.
As far as grinding gore goes, this is some
good s***. Crusty production, catchy grooves, audible lyrics, and it is
obvious the guys had a lot of fun writing and recording this album. If
you're a fan of the genre check it out, but I don't think this album will
be converting any emocore darlings to gore anytime soon.
Neuropathia -Satan is a c***
Genre: Horror Gore Grind
Label: No Escape Records
Neuropathia - the Polish graveyard cowboys
of gore grind. Well known throughout the underground circles, Neuropathia
have been in existence for the better part of a decade perfecting their
form of crushing and catchy gore. Their new album, Satan is a c***
includes thirty minutes (14 tracks) of new material, four classic grind
covers and a bonus reissue of the cult recording When the Earth Spits Out
All the typical elements of gore can be
found throughout: horror movie samples, pitch shifted vocals (used sparingly),
guttural growls and blast beats aplenty. The vocals are reminiscent of
Dismember vocalist Matti Kärki's deathcore bark. In many ways Neuropathia
remind me of Lord Gore - from the crisp guitar tone, to the varied and
experimental vocals. Production-wise the mix is bass-heavy and crusty,
with a great crunch on the guitar and rounded drum sound. The songs themselves
are built off a punk influenced grind base with various crust, rock, gore
and punk elements thrown in the mix for some originality and variation.
The first and most prominent song on the
album Freaks on the Loose is an absolutely punishing introduction to Neuropathia.
You're hit with twisted vocal effects, catchy riffs, impressive drum work
- which grabs your attention like a claw hammer to the face. A killer track
and a great introduction which sets the tone of the album.
Other highlights include: Clatter in the
Coffin - a catchy grind track with obvious Napalm Death influences in which
you are hit mid-song with one of the most unexpected moments in gore -
a catchy xylophone solo. Plan 9 From Outer Space is the most obvious Blood
Duster influenced song (besides the great cover of Duster's Pornstorestiffi)
with a stylish punk rock groove, and the various classic grind covers of
Impetigo, Repulsion and Brutal Truth tracks.
After a few spins it becomes clear Neuropathia
aren't the most serious of individuals - which should have been obvious
with song titles like Bad Boys Goto Hell, Eat Your s***, Vaginismus, Sperminator
and Anal Journeys of Thomas Superstar, the Duster cover and True Norwegian
Black Metal written across the disc label. The album is actually a hell
of a lot of fun - with the catchy riffs and vocal variation keeping the
album from slipping into monotony.
The second half of the album - the reissue
of 'cult' release When the Earth Spits Out the Dead - does not really hold
the same power of the newer material, hindered largely by unintelligible
production and ridiculously gored out vocals. Regardless, it is nice as
a bonus extra and is sure to be embraced by many gore/grind fans.
Satan is a c*** is a solid release
filled with punk/rock melodies, brutal breakdowns, grooving death/grind
segments and crushing grind passages which compact your skull into a neat
little cube. Keep your eye out for any future releases. Nuns, guns and
rock n' roll!
Regurgitate - Hatefilled Vengeance EP
Genre: Gore Grind
Label: Relapse Records
The words that come to mind with this disc
playing? Twisted, sickening, obscene and grotesque Christian fun! Metal
Archives tells me these are tracks re-recorded from a 1994 demo and their
debut full length, also in 1994. This is my first encounter with fifteen
year old Regurgitate, and I'll tell you what, these guys are certainly
no amateurs. No wonder Relapse picked 'em up.
Its easy to see why they've earned so much
admiration in the grind scene. They understand how to make a listenable,
catchy, fast-paced and (relatively) unpredictable gore grind album. They
don't keep playing the same boring f***ing figures over and over. They
don't just monotonously gore out to some bulls*** simple riff. They switch
up tempos, they occasionally breakdown, they blast and they groove. The
group lands more in the 'grind' category than 'gore', which is probably
why it kicks so much f***ing arse! I'm definitely going to be acquiring
their back catalogue.
Alright that does it for this month. Almost
all the CDs in this installment are available through Grindhead
Records for a mere $11.5 USD. We've also got a massive catalogue of
death, grind and gore from all over the world - from Europe to Australia
to Asia and back again. So, if you're looking to explore the extreme look
no further. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org if any of
you want to contact me for whatever reason.
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