It's been a slow news week and I can't find shit to post, so here are my Top 5 Australian grind albums I recently had to compile for a magazine interview with some additional explainatory bullshit attached. Why not list your favourite 5 Australian grind albums too so we all feed like one big warm, happy eFamily (or is that iFamily?)?
In no particular order;
Captain Cleanoff - Discography (No Escape Records): Insanely catchy punk-influenced grindcore; the perfect distillation of Napalm Death style grind coupled with truly infectious grooves. The original pressing of Captain Cleanoff's self-titled was one of my first ever encounters with grindcore, and still remains one of my favourite grind albums of all time. Grindhead sells it.
The Kill - Hate Sessions (No Escape Records): Blisteringly intense, caustic and relentless single-pedal grindcore which has featured at various times members of Fuck... I'm Dead, Blood Duster, Undinism and Super Fun Happy Slide. This three-piece are up there with Gridlink, Pig Destroyer, Discordance Axis and Insect Warfare in their ability in creating fast, violent and stripped-back grindcore. Grindhead sells it.
Agents of Abhorrence - Earth.Water.Sun (Numerical Thief): Frantic Discordance Axis-styled discordant guitar riffing fused with chaotic song structures and delivered with absolutely crushing intensity. To be completely honest, these guys even showed up Insect Warfare when they supported them in Sydney. A wall of chaotic grinding noise.
Blood Duster - Str8outtanorthcote (Relapse Records): This is THE Blood Duster album to own. It captures the band at their most stoner-rock orientated moment, melding incredible blues-baked stoner riffs and psychedelic grooves with erratic bursts of blast beats and Blood Duster's hilarious sense of humour.
Five Star Prison Cell - The Complete First Season (Faultline Records): An absolute oddity in the world of grind. These guys mix grindcore with The Dillinger Escape Plan-esque rapid-fire syncopations and complex Meshuggah-influenced polyrhythms with a vocalist that constantly conjures up references to Mike Patton's experimental approach to vocals. Incredibly awesome, complex and unique. You could argue this isn't strictly grindcore, but I don't care. It rules.
This weekend Ebolie and Kill A Celebrity triumpantly return to the stage at Bald Faced Stag. Be there.