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21Oct/14Off

Black Jesus: Everything Black, Everything Dead

Posted by mothereel
What did Samboy do?

The return of Black Jesus

The rotten-hearted men of Grindhead Records sacrificed themselves so that you might hear this chillingly morbid yet cacophanously brutal and relentlessly aggressive album of scrap metal by Black Jesus.

"Everything Black... Everything Dead" will mark a sign on thousands of maniacs by grinding out evil powerchords that move blazingly fast as the drums blast away into one's brain. The album fuses something already angst-driven like hardcore punk and thrash metal with all the brilliance of the left hand path followers of death metal.

For fans of Autopsy, Brutal Truth, Entombed, Morbid Angel, Possessed, Repulsion, Terrorizer

Deluxe Double Sided Embossed Digipak limited to 500 copies!

Download the track: Born In A Tomb

www.grindheadrecords.com
http://grindheadrecords.bandcamp.com/

24Jul/12Off

DOWNLOAD: Wretch – The Senseless Violence EP

Posted by Lachlan

Wretch - The Senseless Violence EPOh yeah! It's time for some new Australian grindcore. Introducing Wretch - The Senseless Violence EP.

Wretch are reppin' catchy rockin' death/grind out of Canberra.

The band lists their influences as Napalm Death, Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer - but I can certainly here a bit of modern death metal in the mix, too. Like Pig Destroyer, they try and mix up every song and never overstay their welcome. There are plenty of grooves and hooks admidst the violence.

Looking at the list of Australian metal alumni, I shouldn't be too surprised at the quality. They boast members from Psychrist, Futility, Infinitum and a bunch more (which also explains the cool death metal influence).

The dudes are aiming to have a full length out in early 2013, so watch this space.

Hooray for motivated and competent new Australian grind bands!

Go and download the EP for free.

 

10Mar/10Off

DOWNLOAD: Thematics Radio 21st Century Grind special

Posted by Lachlan

Get some 21st century grindcore at yo head. Some killer stuff here from the likes of Fuck the Facts, Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Iron Lung, Shitstorm, Insect Warfare, Phobia, Brutal Truth, Gridlink, East/West Blast Test, Fuck... I'm Dead, The Kill, Captain Cleanoff, Agents of Abhorrence, Hailstones Kill 200, Halo of Knives, Napalm Death, Blood Duster, Regurgitate, Nasum, Afgrund and LOADS more!

All thanks to Thematics Radio.

DOWNLOAD THE SHOW! LETS BLASTBEAT!

PLAYLIST - 27th February 2010
Malefaction - Topic of the Day
Fuck the Facts - La Tete hors de L’eau
Catheter - Nothing
Cephalic Carnage - Kill for Weed
Pig Destroyer - Immune to Life
Pig Destroyer - Task Master
Pig Destroyer - Black Centipede
Pig Destroyer - Fuck You Up and Get High
Iron Lung - Liars
Magrudergrind - Elitist Have No Place in Hardcore
Shitstorm - Hide Behind the Screen
Insect Warfare - Internet Era Alienation
Insect Warfare - Evolved into Obliteration
Pretty Little Flower - Shrapnel Decimation
Phobia - Nihilistic Grindcore
Phobia - Eyes of a Citizen
Pathology - Creation of Mass Destruction
Foetopsy - Everything’s a Song Title
Foetopsy - Ear to Go
Mortician - Bloodsoaked Carnage
Brutal Truth - Sugardaddy
Total Fucking Destruction - Metal Emergency
Gridlink - Burning Tiamat
Discordance Axis - Compiling Autumn
East/West Blast Test - Wigwam
In the Shit - Hey Gurl, You Wanna Turn Up Dead in Dorchester Bay?
In the Shit - Die Alone or You’re a Pussy
In the Shit - Full Blown Piece of Shit
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Honky Dong
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Famous Last Words
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Osaka Milk Bar
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Drive By Blowjob on a Bicycle
Fuck…I’m Dead - Shotgun Facelift
Fuck…I’m Dead - Barefoot and Shitfaced
The Day Everything Became Nothing - 7 off “Brutal”
Blood Duster - We are the Word Police
The Kill - This One Hurts
The Kill - The Kill
The Kill - Tracksuit Pants are Thrash
Captain Cleanoff - Hardcore Fashion Parade
Agents of Abhorrence - Hungry Ghosts
Warsore - Choking on Stress
Hailstones Kill 200 - Stand in Line
Hailstones Kill 200 - Power of the Stranger
Hailstones Kill 200 - I’m Not Afraid
Hailstones Kill 200 - Needle or the Box
Hailstones Kill 200 - Everything For Nothing
Halo of Knives - All Too Human
Encryptor - The Cause in 200 Words or Less…
Sanity’s Dawn - Act Like Me or Die
Y - Bananas for the Punx
Napalm Death - A No-Sided Argument
Infected Disarray - To the Sorrow Filled Eyes and Pallid Bloated Corpulence of my Drowned Children
Inhume - Grind Culture
Cliteater - Obese Obsession
Rompeprop - Coughin Coffin
Jesus Crost - Zeitgeist
Jesus Crost - Verbanned
Jesus Crost - Milevski
Antigama - Imperfection
Dead Infection - No Smoking
Cause For Effect - Proto Calculator
Pigsty - Fly’s Last Minute
Attack of Rage - Grindpeace
Goresoerd - Circle of Masturbators
Agathocles - Pricks at Gigs
Embalming Theatre - Penis in the Toilet
Regurgitate - Cloudy Grayish Vomitus
Regurgitate - Fleshmangler
Sewn Shut - Charred Remains
Sewn Shut - Fall to Extinction
Birdflesh - Nightgrinder
Nasum - Slaves to the Grind
Splitter - Fladd Pa Sjalvkansta
Lock Up - The Jesus Virus
Afgrund - I Diket Jag Legat
Cripple Bastards - When Immunities Fall
Flesh Grinder - Aroma of an Open Gall-Bladder
Wormrot - Fuck…I’m Drunk
324 - Rebelgrind
Unholy Grave - Why Terror Again
Deathstorm - II

31Dec/09Off

Lachlan’s top 6 albums of 2009

Posted by Lachlan

Alright! Today is New Years Eve and I'm at fucking work. How sad is that? In any case it has given me a quick chance to do my Top 6 Albums of 2009. Why my Top 6? Well, because I got to the 6th album I had selected and then grew bored.

Don't get too hung up on ranks and the like. What this list is meant to do is hopefully pique your interest in some music you havent heard before - so you can go check it out.

Overall I wasn't very impressed with the grindcore offerings of 2009. We had new albums from Napalm Death, Magrudergrind, Brutal Truth and Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation which were all reasonable, but hardly groundbreaking or worth of intense praise. I think I'm at the stage where I really need to hear something different in a band, rather than a rehash of old genre cliches. The Kill's new live album was pretty fucking cool, but really most of those songs were quite old.

I'm definitely struggling to find grindcore that meets any of this criteria (and if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear it!). As for metal - well I'm fairly disillusioned and above all TOTALLY FUCKING BORED of death metal and most extreme genres. They are all too static.

In any case, here are my favourite albums of 2009!

1. Mastodon - Crack the Skye: You read correctly. I have dug Mastodon since Remission; and loved the heavy, sludge-ridden style they demonstrated on their first 3 releases. When Mastodon changed their tune in Blood Mountain, I no longer found the major identifiable elements that had let me previously enjoy the band. The production was comparitively thin, the clean sung vocals seems quite poor and inadequate, and that unabated crushing heaviness that I had come to associate with the band was no where to be found.

Then came Crack the Skye. I can only assume this is the album the guys WISHED they made the first time around. It is a fucking masterpiece of catchy vocal hooks (albiet slightly over-produced and clearly run through many filters), complex King Crimson-esque progressive passages, absolutely blistering guitar leads and wonderfully constructed songs. While Mastodon are definitely a band who people either seem to love or hate (infact my old man recently told me that he thought their album was terrible and was 'as bad as the stadium rock bands you used to listen to when you were 16') I definitely stand in the love camp. This album is a masterpiece, and it's ability to retain memorability and accessability while still being an absolute progressive rape is what it's all about for me.

http://www.myspace.com/mastodon

2. Zu - Carboniferous: Apparently Zu have made 14 records since 1999 - so why the fuck hadn't I heard of them before? I only got this album a few weeks back, but it is fucking amazing. This Italian trio (drums, baritone sax and bassist) pulls out massive Meshuggah-styled rotating polyrhythms - but somehow they make it fucking dancable and catchy. How can a trio with no guitar be as heavy as Meshuggah? How can a seemingly endless supply of awkwardly ear-pleasing opposing rhythms and syncopations be so fun? I have absolutely no idea - but hark, it is so.

This is an obscene mix of metal, jazz, punk, noise and more. A huge warm fuzzed-out bass fits perfectly with a prominent live drum kit sound and the heaviness of baritone sax. A mix of The Melvins, Meshuggah, Hella (pfft) and John Zorn. Totally fucking crushing. Get into it.

http://www.myspace.com/zuband

3. Helm - Keelhaul… Volume 1: Alright so this album was technically released in the last few weeks of 2008, but I don't care. Helm hail from Queensland, Australia and play music stylistically similar to Cult of Luna, Isis, Jakob, Mogwai and all the rest. Listening to this band it is abundantely clear that Helm are not another derivative Cult of Luna band - how could they be? The average age of the band members is far above that of the bands they are so often compared to. By pulling in such a wealth of exprience and knowledge of music, Helm have provided is a refreshingly unique take on a genre that so often falls victim to rehashed Isis-worship.

They take their vocal and guitar melodies far beyond that of the aforementioned, and the fact that they are Australian - and can replicate their intricate melodies and dynamic shifts live just makes things even better.

http://www.myspace.com/ghostatthehelm

4. Brian Campeau - Mostly Winter Sometimes Spring: Brian Campeau is the first Sydney local in this list. Born in Canada, Brian eventually moved to Australia. He is an absolutely incredible singer songwriter, with a voice that I would not hesitate to call beautiful or angelic. His music brings to mind the works of Thom Yorke or Bjork; incredibly emotive and usually vocal-driven. His tunes are marked by a meloncholy which stands in stark contrast to his amazing voice.

Brian is also an incredibly talented studio engineer - and it shows. He has moved far beyond being 'just another acoustic guitarist singer/songwriter' and flourished into an extremely complete musician with an amazing ear for sound textures and soundscapes. Mostly Winter Sometimes Spring acts as a concept album and takes the listener through a range of emotional highs and lows - but it is the completeness of this journey which really struck me. The entire album retains an intense emotional power - you can literally feel songs like 'Denial', 'Anger', 'Throwing Blame', 'Depression', 'Reinventing Myself', 'Acceptance' and 'Thankyou'.

To surmise; here you have a man with a voice so beautiful it should be illegal. His acoustic guitar playing (though sparse on the album) is truly unique and creative, and unlike anything I have ever heard. He has a very strong knack for setting mood through production techiques and soundscapes; not to mention his voice and lyrics. This album also features a wide range of guest musicians to provide double pass, saxaphone, brushes and other various touches. The music is seemingly stripped back, but holds a very distilled emotional power. Needless to say, I am floored.

http://www.myspace.com/briancampeau

5. Propagandhi - Supporting Caste: This was my first official taste of Propagandhi - and now I can really see what all the fuss is about. Furious ideallic punk rock tunes played at a frantic pace, but supported by very strong musicianship and incredibly articulate and intelligent lyrics. Over the years these guys have moulded into an incredible tight-knit unit, and coupled with their obvious intelligence and talent for lyric writing this launches them up into one of the best albums of the year.

http://www.myspace.com/propagandhi

6. Heroin and Your Veins - Nausea: I've been dabbling around with groups who play atmospheric, dark and doomy jazz. Bohren & Der Club of Gore's Black Earth was my first taste of the genre. The down-tempo jazz/doom on that album is far, far more crushing than the majority of "doom metal" I have heard. From there came an obsession with The Necks, and a taste of more atmospheric and cinematic approach from The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I listened to this album from Heroin and Your Veins - the band's name definitely sounded like it would be a generic doom/drone band, so I was delighted when what greeted my ears was a cinematic spin on dark atmospheric doom/jazz, painting extremely moody aural portraits that combines the dark jazz of Bohren & Der Club of Gore with the spaghetti-western Morricone-esque touches of later Earth albums.

http://www.myspace.com/heroinandyourveins

Worthy mentions:

Baroness - Blue Record
Converge - Axe To Fall
Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Kylesa - Static Tensions
Om - God Is Good
Shrinebuilder - Shrinebuilder

And for the record the new Mars Volta was fucking TERRIBLE.

21Dec/09Off

Rich Hoak from Brutal Truth Sydney solo show!!!

Posted by Matt

PeacemakerLast minute secret show for Rich Hoak from Brutal Truth's solo project called Peacemaker. If you plan on going to Brutal Truth tonight head round the corner to catch this show as well, should be ripping.

THE TEA ROOM
10 Shepherd St Chippendale
7pm
PEACEMAKER (USA)
JOHN HUNTER
NONE MUSIC
ANON
ORODRUIN
MACHINOIR

MONDAY 21ST DEC

http://www.myspace.com/peaceisthevictory

15Dec/09Off

4 good reasons to catch Slaughterfest this Saturday

Posted by Lachlan

I thought I'd do up a quick article with a few reasons why you shouldn't miss out on saucy Sydney's Slaughterfest III this Saturday at the somewhat seedy Sandringham Hotel (Alliteration. I'm clever.) - other than the obvious - that there are a whole score of kick-arse bands, and you can enjoy 12 hours of Australian grind, death, stoner and doom for a mere $20.

Captain Cleanoff: One of Australia's most renown grind bands. These guys deliver a slew of old school punk-influenced grind tunes in the style of Napalm Death. Their toe-tapping tunes recently took them over to Europe to play Obscene Extreme 2009. They also supported the awesome Brutal Truth while they were at it.

Captain Cleanoff - Hardcore Fashion Parade

The Kill: If Captain Cleanoff are one of our more renown grind bands, then The Kill are definitely our most violent; channeling the sheer unabated blasting aggression of Discordance Axis and Gridlink. Unpretentious caustic grindcore. This will be their first Sydney show in a long, long time (that is, if they ever even played in Sydney when Neil was singing for them...).

The Kill - Axe Attack / We Want Blood

Looking Glass: Fuck Wolfmother. These guys are hands down, without a doubt the best stoner rock band currently active in Australia. Fusing the nightmarish intensity of Jimi Hendrix psychedelia with baked Black Sabbath riffing and the sludged out heaviness of Kyuss, these guys will fucking blow you away - guaranteed. They have an incredible energy live. Don't miss this one.

Looking Glass - Acid Tongue

Ebolie: Sydney's booze-fueled metallic grinders with a penchant for bad jokes, drunken intensity, and dropping 16th notes without anyone particularly noticing. A combination of Nasum, Botch, Cephalic Carnage and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Get loose. Between you and me this might be one the last times you catch these guys. They're also supporting Brutal Truth the following Monday.

Ebolie - Cronullafornia

For the record, Pod People don't seem to have a fucking thing up on YouTube. Bastards.

Catch you all there Saturday. Things kick off at midday and the show may sell out - so get there early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.myspace.com/slaughterfestaustralia
http://www.myspace.com/captaincleanoff

http://www.myspace.com/thekillgrind
http://www.myspace.com/lookingglassoz
http://www.myspace.com/ebolie