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20Jul/12Off

thedowngoing’s ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS is out today

Posted by Lachlan

thedowngoing - ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESSHate polished, over-produced grindcore? Well then thedowngoing might just be your band.

Their new album ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS is out today. It's 10 minutes of intense noisegrindhell for fans of Insect Warfare, The Kill, Pig Destroyer, Discordance Axis and psychosis.

Your grindlord commands you to:

I'll be writing a review sometime soon. This has to be one of the best pieces of Australian grind to come out in recent memory. So intense.

10Jul/12Off

News that is awesome: Pig Destroyer recording new album

Posted by Lachlan

Pig Destroyer - new album coming fall 2012When I was an obsessive grind-head with little or few tastes outside harsh grind, Pig Destroyer were one of my favourite bands. I still throw on Prowler In The Yard and Terrifyer with far more regularity than most grind albums of yesteryear. The Sydney leg of their Australian tour back in 2008 was outrageous, drunken, grind fun -- topped perhaps only by seeing Insect Warfare and Agents of Abhorrence in Maggotsville warehouse earlier that year.

It is therefore with great joy that I learn Pig Destroyer are back in the studio for the first time in 5 years! From Relapse Records:

The extreme music world is about to get a much needed cinderblock to the face as the mighty PIG DESTROYER has entered the studio to record their highly anticipated 5th full-length record and first album in over five years! The band is self-producing and recording the new album at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios in Alexandria, VA. The as-of-yet-titled album is a return to a raw, primitive sound and will feature 19 songs of their signature misanthropic grind. A late 2012 release is expected via Relapse Records.

This time around, PIG DESTROYER have enlisted the help of Adam Jarvis (MISERY INDEX) to lend inhuman drumming skills to the aural hatred. Now a full time member, Scott Hull commented on the addition of Adam:

“Tracking the drums happened this week and I'm honestly amazed at how Adam stepped up to the task of learning some challenging shit outside of his standard comfort zone. He came into the studio ready to destroy and destroy he did. And in the haze of long studio hours he never settled for a bad take. He's a real soldier. Adam has helped breathe new life into the band and we feel like we are starting fresh. Everyone here is excited for people to check out the new jams.”

Additionally, PIG DESTROYER has been confirmed for the UK’s prestigious Damnation Festival this November with numerous other dates and festivals to be announced shortly.

Can't wait!

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.

5Jul/11Off

The visuals behind Australian grind: Glenno launches his new site

Posted by Lachlan

Municipal Waste design by Glenno / Glenn SmithIf there is one single visual artist that has been most strongly associated with the Australian grindcore scene above all others,  that would have to be "Glenno" (Glenn Smith).

Glenno has been creating brilliant illustrations for the Australian underground music scene for countless years. I can remember when I joined on to Grindhead Records back in 2005, Glenno was always our go-to man for incredible artwork at an obscenely reasonable cost.

This man has the utmost respect of the Australian underground for good reason, having worked with the likes of Captain Cleanoff, Blood Duster, Agents of Abhorrence, Ebolie, Grindhead Records, 4 Dead, Pisschrist, Volatile, Pure Evil Trio, the Sydney underground zine staple Unbelievably Bad, Obscene Extreme festival, Slaughterfest, East/West Death Grind fest, Monster Sessions, Hard-ons, Meatlocker, Insect Warfare, Electric Wizard, Pod People, Municipal Waste, Willie Nelson, Black Sabbath and countless others.

In any case, old mate has a brand spankin' new website up, so go check it out, admire his work and commission him for all your grind-art needs! Oh, and be sure to like him on Facebook.

Keep up the great work pal! Love from your AusGrind pals.

http://www.glennoart.com/

30May/11Off

Taking over FBI Radio – Monday 23rd May

Posted by Matt

Lachlan and myself jumped at the opportunity to spin some grindcore in the name of AusGrind late one night on FBI Radio, Sydney's best radio station by miles (for example, album of the week this week is the new Battles album, holy shit so happy). So anyway we set out to inform the general Sydney public of the awesomeness of grindcore, and although my mum still hates it we had a ball.

With Scott Fitzsimons manning the buttons we played a nice cross section of grind with a few other random gems thrown in for good measure and plenty of shameless self promotion. You can now stream the full two hour show below (language warning).

Tracklist
Segression - Never Dead
Death-Cult Jock - War Through Other Means
Captain Cleanoff - Chemical Imbalance
Pig Destroyer - Cheerleader Corpses
Gronibard - March of The Gronibard
thedowngoing - Bad Machette
Ether Rag - V
Battle Pope - Cocaine Yeeha Motherfucker Yeah
Ebolie - 1800 Fashioncore Kids Helpline
Michael Crafter - On Tour A Job Is Called A Gig
Family Man - Left For Dead
Naked City - Skatekey
Blood Duster - Instrumental
Nowyourefucked - Gary Coleman
Agents Of Abhorrence - Agents Of The Sun
Orlacs Hande - ?
Kill the Client - Moneywhore
Genghis Tron - Rock Candy
Acid Tiger - Feel It
White Male Dumbinance - Forced Vengeance
Discordance Axis - Castration Rite
thedowngoing - Iambecome
Hailstones Kill 200 - I Am Not Afraid
Log - Dirt House Boogie
Comadre - Sabado Gigante!
Fuck... I'm Dead - Barefoot And Shitfaced
Aborted - Surprise! You're Dead (Faith No More cover)
Reuben Ingall - Flight Of The Basement Bee
Halo of Knives - Watch The Red Devil Burn
Insect Warfare - Mind Ripper
Ironhide - Doom
Dillinger Escape Plan - Mullet Burden
Damaged - Nails
Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
Naked City - Batman
Michael Crafter - Drum Circle
Throwdown - Sure Hope It Feels Good
Mindsnare - Bulldozed
Agents Of Abhorrence - Sentimentality & Nostalgia
The Atomic Bitchwax - The Local Fuzz

Full info on the Dead Air website or you can stream the whole program below.

10May/11Off

June 25 & 26: Captain Cleanoff return to Sydney with Death-Cult Jock!

Posted by Lachlan

Captain Cleanoff - grindcoreCaptain Cleanoff and Death-Cult Jock return to Sydney this June in a caustic grind double-header!

AusGrind and 65 Degrees Music Café are proud to announce that tri-state grinders Captain Cleanoff will return to Sydney for the first time since December 2009. They are joined by Adeladian blast-beat addicts Death-Cult Jock for a duo of caustic double-headers of debauched aural extremity.

Saturday 25 June 2011 at Black Wire Records:

- Captain Cleanoff (VIC/NSW/SA)
- Burning Servant
- Death-Cult Jock (SA)
- Battle Pope
- Michael Crafter

From 7pm. All ages. BYO. Entry $12.

Sunday 26 June 2011 at The Sandringham Hotel:

- Captain Cleanoff (VIC/NSW/SA)
- Roadside Burial
- Death-Cult Jock (SA)
- Serious Beak
- Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt

From 6pm. 18+. Entry $12

Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/fpwkfR

Long a staple of the now legendary and defunct Metal for the Brain festival, Captain Cleanoff have enjoyed a long run as one of Australia’s most-loved grindcore bands – instigating wild moshes and obscene dance-moves wherever they go. For many Aussie grinders, their combination of blast-beat infused punk and an indelible sense of groove is just too infectious to deny.

Now the name Death-Cult Jock may not ring a bell, but its members are definitely no newcomers to the Australian underground music scene. Having played in groups like Space Bong, Meat Wallet, God God Dammit Dammit, The Rivalry, Night Hag and many more, this group plays frenzied, crust-laden grindcore at breakneck speed, calling to mind the likes of Insect Warfare and early Napalm Death.

The tour supports are mix of old and new, featuring;

  • thrash punk favourites Burning Servant.
  • death/grind veterans Roadside Burial.
  • the powerviolence punk duo of Michael Crafter.
  • the dissonant and angular jazz/grind of newcomers Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt.
  • the hyper-sexualised pious swing/grind of Battle Pope.
  • old mates from Ebolie playing in their new frenetic grinding-tech-polyrhythmic-latin-jazz-grind outfit Serious Beak.

Captain Cleanoff and Death-Cult Jock Sydney tour June 2011