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16Aug/11Off

REVIEW: The Kill – Shower of Bricks

Posted by Lachlan

The Kill - Shower of Bricks MCD (Blastasfuk)The Kill put together Shower of Bricks for their recent USA tour. Featuring 6 tracks from their upcoming split 7 inch EP with none other than Captain Cleanoff, this MCD acts as some sort of cruel grinding cocktease for what is undoubtably going to be an incredible release.

If you know these guys there are no surprises here. For me, The Kill have always the pinnicle of pure, unabated grindcore. You won't find them mindless sitting on a two-chord punk riff for 30 seconds - and you definitely aren't about to be violated by a mid-song chugging breakdown. The Kill are all about speed, intensity and aggression. They strip grindcore down to its pure essentials,  then proceed to beat you over the heard with them in a blood-drunk brainsnap that is as maniac as it is brutal.

Shower of Bricks unequivocally delivers everything there is to love above the band -- Jay's punchy blastbeats hit with seemingly unwavering, inhumane power; Rob's tight shredding guitar work and Nik's ear-shredding, distorted mid-high screams, lyrics mixed with his style of benign humour:

What was that object that just hit my leg / first band of the gig and some bloke hits the deck / didn't see Insect Warfare from his hospital bed. (Passed Out)

The Kill - Shower of Bricks MCD (Blastasfuk)With this MCD The Kill have reminded us once again that they are pound-for-pound the most intense band on earth.

If you enjoy the likes of Insect Warfare, Gridlink, old Pig Destroyer or early Napalm Death and you haven't heard these guys; correct this disgression now.  Go buy this disc (and Hate Sessions and Blast Beat'n The Shit Outta PBS) from Blastasfuk and await their split with Captain Cleanoff with an appropriately hushed awe.

Listen to a song here.

Buy the album here (you might have to email old mate direct).

And come to Sydney again soon you jerks.

2Aug/11Off

REVIEW: Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt – Counter/Transference

Posted by Lachlan

Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt - Counter/TransferenceI would argue that a lot of the 'staple'/well-established grind bands in Australia are in a period of stagnation. Nobody is doing much. Sure, Fuck I'm Dead and Blood Duster might get together for the occasional show, but those bands pretty much in a period of sterility, playing old songs they've played a thousand times before. Who is breaking new ground and injecting new energy into the Australian grind scene? Who is touring relentlessly? Who is turning heads whenever they go?

Well one such band is Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt; an energetic, frenetic and chaotic mathy/grindy three piece from the coast of New South Wales. I've kept a keen eye on the band since their live debut in early 2011. Since then they have quite easily become my new favourite Australian grind group.

Their style combines angular, dissonant guitar chords with sharp, clinically precise, jazz-influenced drumming and scorching mid-range vocals. They bring to mind the intensity of Discordance Axis and Agents of Abhorrence, the sporadicness of Calculating-era Dillinger Escape Plan, the rawness of early Converge and Pig Destroyer and the technical absurdity of Cephalic Carnage.

In a word; Counter/Transference represents everything I want out of a grind album; it's fast, frenetic, chaotic and dissonant. For a three-piece (guitars, drums, vocals) the sound is thick, natural and full. The drum sound is open and organic. There is certainly no need for overcompensation via compression and beat-replacement here.

The lyrics are also another highlight. The vocalist (unnamed it would seem on this release) earns his keep as a psychologist. With his lyrics each song providse a fantastic snapshot of emotional wreckage, confusion and mental struggle. The lyrics on Counter/Transference represent a real, actual exorcism of emotion rather than your average garbed gore/horror fucking nonsense gimmick --- real and honest catharsis as opposed to the absurd, insulting caricature offered up by your favourite death metal group. The vocals themselves are delivered with intensity to match that emotion; offering some bizarre mix of Dimitri Minakakis, J.R. Hayes and some unnamed hardcore bloker. Neither the lyrics nor the deliver ring hollow.

Let's review; Awesome sporadic, chaotic and intense songwriting? Check. Incredible drumming? Check. Dissonant, inventive guitar work? Check. Cool vocals? Check. Intense lyrics? Check. Excellent production? Check (and I would expect nothing less from the inimitable Tim Carr of 301 Studios). Great packaging and artwork? Check. Price tag? A steal at $10.

Well, welcome to my most enjoyed grind-related in a long, long time. Fucking buy it. This totally eclipses Gridlink's latest offering, and I don't see this one being topped anytime soon; not by The Kill and not by Agents of Abhorrence. Spend all the time you want pining for your favourite renown grind hobbyist group to get its shit together for an annual gig so that you can hang out with the boys like the old days - but these guys are touring constantly, writing new grind tunes and absolutely shredding anything else I've heard from even the international grindcore scene in recent years.

Dillinger? Watered down. Gridlink? Rehash. In 2011 the Fatwolf is where it's at.

7Mar/11Off

Gridlink Karaoke Competition Entry #1 Machinoir

Posted by Matt

The Blue Mountain's own Machinoir is the first person game enough to enter the Gridlink video karaoke competition. Props for taking some time out of his day to post this brutal video, singing along to the newest Gridlink single from their soon to be released album "Orphan". I think this has motivated me to give it a shot.

Machinoir Singing Gridlink

Enter the comp

25Feb/11Off

Grindcore karaoke thanks to Gridlink

Posted by Matt

The grindcore powerhouse known as Gridlink have their newest album "Orphan" set to drop at the end of March. As a bit of promotion they group is holding a competition to win a test press of the album (sweat hard). All you gotta do is record yourself performing vocals to the title track "Orphan" as indicated by Jon Chang.

Shred your vocals at home and win some of the sickest new grind to hit 2011. So far it looks like no one has been game enough to post themselves doing it, but surely there has gotta be some big enough of a sweater to upload a video of themselves and their shitty vocals over the top of what sounds set to be such an epic song.

Think you can win the test press? Word is Mat of thedowngoing and Ben of Battle Pope are going to give it a shot.

More Information

Orphan - Karaoke Style

15Feb/11Off

Pre-order Gridlink’s ‘Orphan’ right now

Posted by Lachlan

Gridlink fucking ruleIf you are a self-respecting grindhead then you are already aware that Gridlink are essentially the great grind band to emerge in recent history. As such you will have already gone and pre-ordered their 2nd album Orphan from the Hydra Head Online Shop - in which case this notification is completely useless.

The CD version is $14 USD and the LP version $24 USD. There's also a new shirt too. Go get it fools. There is a few tracks up on their MySpace.

For the uninitiated; Gridlink have members of Discordance Axis, Kill the Client, Human Remains, Burnt By The Sun, Phobia, Noisear and they fucking rule. Their debut Amber Gray made about 700 grind bands across the world simply give up after hearing it. Get into it.

Gridlink on MySpace
Gridlink on Facebook
The Hydra Head Shop

From the first album:

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


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