Grindhead Records have had a long history with Beyond Terror Beyond Grace. It was back in 2005 that we released the (then) young grind bands very promising 4 track demo Still Human, Still Humane?, followed by their impressive debut full length album Extinction | Salvation in 2008.
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace spend the majority of 2009 writing and recording their latest full length album Our Ashes Built Mountains. Clearly their work and dedication has paid off, as they have been picked up by the amazing Obscene Productions (for Europe) and Deepsend records (for USA).
I'd like the wish the guys congratulations and the full knowledge that they deserve this signing, having proven time and time again that they are without question one of the most dedicated and professional bands in the Australian extreme music scene. Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on a copy of the album in the near future for a review.
Machinoir is a Blue Mountains based Australian project featuring digitally processed analog works, consisting primarily of broken guitars, effects, concrete, foley and noise. Some of you might know machinoir from the recent work he did on Beyond Terror Beyond Grace's full length album Extinction | Salvation on Grindhead Records (the intro, outro and artwork).
This recording has only been released online through blogs, file sharing sites and social networking sites. Now you can download at the brilliant Internet Archive site.
Pretty interesting stuff and I really hope to hear more from machinoir in the near future. A previous release Painting on a Burnt Canvas can be heard at his MySpace page.
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace have carved out their own distinct brand of sonic terror on their first full length album, Salvation | Extinction.
Salvation | Extinction will engulf your senses with nineteen tracks of inhumanly dense and intense grindcore. The group fuse the grind stylings of old with a crushing hybrid of modern grind, crust and punk with a smattering of death metal. Taking the best parts of Napalm Death's raw, intense and wholly uncompromising political punk-influenced aural assault, Beyond Terror have reinvigorated the grindcore blueprint by incorporating elements of modern extreme groups such as Rotten Sound, Discordance Axis and Circle of Dead Children.
The end product is a skull-crushingly intense piece of Australian grindcore that has sealed Beyond Terror Beyond Grace's place amongst the nations top tier of extreme music - joining the likes of The Kill, Captain Cleanoff, Agents of Abhorrence and Fuck I'm Dead. This is an outstandingly powerful and intelligent release from one of the hardest working bands in the Australian music scene - and an absolute essential for any grindhead.
Available now within Australia for $15, or $10 USD internationally at Grindhead Records.
Alex, the bottom end of Beyond Terror Beyond Grace was recently interviewed by the great Penrith based CD store Repressed Records. Check it out:
1. The new cd is pretty relentless and a real leap forward. You must be happy with the way it came out? Bart's vocals have improved a heap.
Cheers dude - we are pretty proud of it, especially considering the circumstances. We had a really short amount of time to record so it was an endurance test for all of us. Chad and Erik (the guys who engineered it) fitted the recording session in around their hectic schedules, Chad is the house sound guy at the Manning bar amongst other things, so we had just a couple of days to bust all 23 songs out as best we could - 17 of which made the album.
The recording side of things was out of the way in the blink of an eye but it took most of this year to have it mixed and mastered. It worked out for the better in the end though because having the interim period between the recording and the actual release has allowed interest to grow a bit and we've now got the time to do some good shows in support of it.
2. Tell the people what you're about.. Some thought has obviously gone into your lyrics and you have something to say.
We put a fair bit of work into our lyrics, Bart and myself split it about 60/40. There's been a few songs which have been written really quickly musically whereas the right lyrics have taken months, and then even longer still just to find the right title haha. I think at the end of the day it just comes down to observing the bigger picture of whats going on around you and drawing inspiration from it. Like the political process, the environment, greed etc..and if by reading our lyric sheet someone realises 'hey maybe democracy IS fucking dead' and thinks about how that can be changed thats cool. Thats what we're about I guess.
3. Live, you guys come across really well. Steve your drummer is a machine and the intensity really comes across. How did the support with Black Dahlia murder go? Tell us about your shows coming up with Insect Warfare and the mighty Extortion too.
It was a real buzz just to be a part of it! We had a 20 minute set but we played it safe and played 16 minutes, no song explanations, no breaks - just grind. and it was fun as. And they came up to us after the show and gave us some advice which was cool too. It gets a bit weird sometimes like I was in a newsagent back here in the mountains the day afterwards and the Black Dahlia guys were on the front cover of Decibel magazine and its like 'hey i was just hanging out and playing with those guys'. Surreal.
The whole Extortion thing came out of left field a few months ago when we'd just got a mastered copy of the album we burnt up a CD-R and mailed it to Rohan (Extortion singer). I forgot all about it and then the other week we got emailed saying they'd asked for us to be on their show at Maggotville. They are an awesome band and heaps well respected so for them to request us personally was really cool.
We're looking forward to the Insect Warfare show too the whole bill is awesome. Ebolie and Agents of Abhorrence are on it as well. We've been wanting to play with AOA for awhile. Its a good gig to get '08 rolling.
4. For the beginner, they should start their grind collection with...
I can only speak for myself here but I would say Rotten Sound - Exit. Great riffs, lyrics, song structures, insane drumming but not in a wanky way, brutal vokills..A masterpiece really. Check it out if you haven't heard it.
Thanks a lot for the questions and interest!
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