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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).

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.


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:


Shitloads of grind news from Circle of Dead Children, Captain Cleanoff, Kill The Client, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and loads more

Posted by Lachlan

Things happen. It's a scientific fact. Here are a collection of things that have allegedly happened (to be proven or disproven at a future point of time).

  • Circle of Dead Children recorded their new full-length Psalm of the Grand Destroyer back in November 2008. Vocals were finally laid down last week; now the recording is to be mastered by Scott Hull, then released by Willowip Records.
  • Beyond Terror Beyond Grace are finishing up recording vocals with Tim Carr at Studio 301 next week. Artwork is being worked on by someone called Rainsong, who has worked on designs for Nevermore, Jeff Loomis, All Shall Perish, Whitechapel, Aborted, Strapping Young Lad and The End. Not cheap I'm guessing. Apparently we can expect the album title and perhaps a tracklisting to soon follow.
  • 4 Dead have a new album coming up. FUCK YES! They record late October it would seem.
  • Portal have a new track online for download through Profound Lore Records. Download it.
  • Frank Rizzo are finally back in action with a new live track and rough demo track up on their MySpace.

Grind and/or die.


REVIEW: Death-Cult Jock – West End Blast

Posted by Lachlan

Death-Cult Jock are a new South Australian grind band that - in typically incestuous Adelaidian fashion - features members of other noteworthy groups of various styles including; God God Dammit Dammit, Space Bong, Robotosaurus and The Rivalry. If you're familiar with any of the aforementioned bands, then you should already know this is going to be some serious grinding business.

Death-Cult Jock play a stripped back distillation of early punk-influenced Napalm Death and slightly more death metal influenced Terrorizer. Jock's appropriately metallic, crusty bass crackles underneath the mix of frenzied, blasting drums and tremolo picked, distorted guitars. Kegan's vocals are a combination of extremely harsh mids and low belows, appropriately tinged with a misanthropic gain-ridden crust/black metal edge that remind me ever so slightly of Tomas Lindberg's work in Lock Up, with the occasional Mitch Harris-esque high shriek.

Of the twelve songs that appear on the album, seven clock in at less than a minute. Infact, four songs only hit the 10 second mark, including the tracks Christian Punks Fuck Off, Uni Wankers Fuck Off and Death-Cult Jock Fuck Off. The group also expand the sound with a few brief nods towards old school doom - and let me clarify; we're not talking about the more modern European grind bands trendy penchant for a slowed down hardcore riff passed off as doom; I mean the REAL doom. The final track Numb ends with an absolute monster of a riff that would be appreciated by fans of Celtic Frost. An absolutely crushing way to end a relentless grind album (and the bands live set).

Death-Cult Jock's West End Blast is a solid piece of unabated aural aggressiveness; 17 minutes of channeled anger and brutality that comes highly recommended for fans of old school acts like early Napalm Death, Terrorizer, early Brutal Truth and Repulsion as well as more modern groups throwing back to the original premises of grind such as Lock Up, Captain Cleanoff, Insect Warfare and Kill the Client. There's also enough of a crust/punk element to interest fans of Phobia, Discharge and Unholy Grave.

Let's be thankful that in this era marked by the saturation and infilitration of Metalcore groups and Indie pop rockers in the local music scene there are still strong grindcore groups forming over Australia.


Relapse Records to issue 7″ Box Set of This Comp Kill Fascists

Posted by Lachlan

This Comp Kills FascistsRelapse Records have announced that they will be releasing a 7" Box Set of The Comp Kill Fascists, fittingly to commemorate the last day of the "worst president in U.S. history": George W. Bush.

I love the idea. This limited edition box set features a load of killer grindcore, hardcore and powerviolence bands including Brutal Truth, Magrudergrind, Insect Warfare, Maruta, Agents of Satan, Weekend Nachos, Shitstorm (members of Torche), Main Will Destroy Himself, Total Fucking Destruction, Chainsaw to the Face, Kill the Client, ASRA, Wasteoid and Spoonful of Vocodin.

The box set also features a 7x21" poster, and seven 7" housed in a box featuring the incendiary Bush "Cockstika" cover art that was turned away by all but one printing company. All pre-orders will also include a limited-run t-shirt featuring the same artwork. The compilation was originally pieced together by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and touted as one of the best releases of 2008 by Decibel and Revolver.

I tell you what, I think I just gained a little more respect for Relapse Records. Available for $35 USD plus postage. I'm considering grabbing it.


REVIEW: Napalm Death – Time Waits for No Slave

Posted by Lachlan

Napalm Death Time Waits for No SlaveTime Waits for No Slave. Napalm Death's 13th studio album in their 28 years of existence. Holy shit. That is definitely something to grasp.

My first thoughts? The production is beefy as all hell. By this time in their careers, Napalm Death really have perfected a totally crushing style of production which I really enjoy; the guitars are all mids and highs with that signature Napalm crunch that gives room for Shane's crusty bass and and Raymond's totally fucking beat replaced kicks (really, this barely sounds like a fucking drum kit anymore - the dude is a fraud). It's a nice balance that's punctuated further by Shane's throaty yells and Mitch's killer distorted ear-piecing back-up screams.

Really at the end of the day, this is a by-the-numbers Napalm Death album. Napalm Death have become something of an institution. They have their style which they do very well, so if you expect too many suprises then you're an idiot. I think the best way to look at this album is in the context of their last two releases - Smear Campaign (2006) and The Code is Red (2005). I'd like to avoid all the erroneous arguments about the band as much as possible because I simply do not care.

I'm of the opinion that The Code is Red... Long Live the Code is the best album that Napalm Death have ever recorded. Period. The production is impactful, the song-writing is mature and intelligent and there is enough experimentation to illustrate that a lot of time and effort clearly went into the writing and production of that album. Now maybe you don't like the 'new Napalm Death style' - and that's fine - but in terms of their newer material that album is further developed than anything else that came before it. It successfully mixes elements of their sound from the last 20+ years without sounding derivative and stale.

Smear Campaign however seems like a much lazier album - maybe even a rushed album. Now some might argue that they've tried to capture a bit more of their 'raw, old sound', but to me it just sounds less involved and under-developed. Again, if you prefer that style, then good for you. I don't. This is not an issue of what style is better, I'm simply pointing out the difference between the two and their various predecessors. Smear Campaign seemed to have a few cool songs near the beginning of their album, then a whole lot of nothing that failed to stand out from track to track. I find that one of the most important facets of a good grind album - having identifiable and memorable songs, which is definitely fucking easier said than done.

People who still worship Scum are not going to be won over by this album. People who hate The Code Is Red aren't going to enjoy this album. However, if you're like me, and was profoundly impressed that guys playing this style of extreme music for so long were able to pull off such an impassioned album while demonstrating a clear progression and evolution in their sound, then you'll enjoy Time Waits For No Slave. It is another very solid Napalm Death album that might land near the top of the list and is definitely worth your attention.

And for the record, no this will not be in my CD player on regular rotation. The Code Is Red certainly isn't. I'd say some of the only grind albums on regular rotation for me at the moment include releases by Gridlink, The Dillinger Escape Plan ("they're not grind wah wah wah boo hoo"), Captain Cleanoff, Kill the Client, The Kill and Agents of Abhorrence.

Oh and their full album is available for streaming on their MySpace. Nice move guys. I endorse it.

EDIT: I have no fucking idea why I called 'Smear Campaign' 'Wage Slave' originally.

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