For the most part, I don't like writing negative reviews. I seems a waste of my time and effort to go out of my way to write negatively about something. I would much rather spend my time building up bands and releases I truly believe are worthwhile and deserve all the support and attention they can get.
This is going to be one an exception to the rule.
Magrudergrind are a modern grindcore group from Washington D.C. who have built up something of a cult following over the years, and have been lucky enough to land the release of their debut full length album on the very well respected Willowtip Records. I had been meaning to check out this album for a long time; it was jotted down on my ridiculously huge 'to do' list as soon as they album was released.
I've spun the album three times this morning, and you know what? Fuck this album and fuck this band. This is nothing more than a blatant worship of the more prominent European modern grind bands. Aside from the mildly amusing hip-hop track, Magrudergrind do fucking nothing other than directly rip off Rotten Sound one track, then Nasum the next. They're not even clever about it; everything from the guitar tone to the production on the vocals is directly lifted from the modern grind style of Nasum.
Don't get me wrong; the song's aren't BAD - how could they be? Nasum and Rotten Sound can write a pretty good grind tune. I'm actually pretty certain that plenty of grindheads will love - or at the very least like this album, which is fine. It's not offensively bad; it's just offensively STOLEN MUSIC. Don't believe me? Listen to the third track Rejecting The Militant Promise. Poor Mieszko.
Personally I see no value in this band or this album. It is a waste of time, and will probably only be appreciated by those absolutely dying for a hit of modern grindcore. Please stop stealing music - or at least be clever about it.
Those Washington DC grinding powerviolence nuts Magrudergrind have release their new self-titled EP today, and it sounds fucking awesome. We're talking old-school Napalm Style grind filled with catchy groove driven sections and relentless mid-paced blasts mixed with vocals that range from high pitched shrieks, powerviolence ranting and hardcore bellows.
You can get it for $10 USD from the Magrudergrind online store. It also comes with a 24" x 24" poster.
Fans of Insect Warfare, Agents of Abhorrence and Mumakil would do well to get their shit into gear and check it out. They've got three tracks for you to listen to up on their MySpace; Lyrical Ammunition for Scene Warfare, The Price of Living by Delinquent Ideals and Excommunicated.
Just what I was in the mood for. Fucking killer! The lucky assholes are currently on a U.S. tour with Phobia and Unholy Grave. Life is hard.
Magrudergrind - Burden
Relapse 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.
Well, I really can't be fucked tracking down some kind of cool download for today, so instead I'm going to feed through links of some of the past downloads we've featured. If you'd like your band featured for a download, just hit me up at criticalzombieholocaust (att) gmail (dott) com
Agents of Abhorrence - Live at the Pony: two piece violent grind from Melbourne
Anal Discharge - Swallow or Die Bootleg: maniacal booze fulled punk chaos from Newcastle
Crab Smasher - The Picky Eater: Newcastle noise
Dot Dot Dot - Fits of Nothing: Sydney grinding powerviolence
Grindhead Records Release Sampler: 10 free tracks from 10 releases off Grindhead Records
Kill A Celebrity - Grindslaughter: Sydney caustic grind three piece
McClane - Push Start: killer energetic punk/hardcore from Canberra
Mother Eel - A Slut Is Not A Bad Thing: heavy mental grind and metal from the Blue Moutains
ROFL / Frank Rizzo - The Crash That Ended In E: An awesome out of print split from two Sydney punk/powerviolence bands
Fantomas / Melt Bannana - Split Single
John Zorn / Napalm Death - Split: Chaotic avant-garde jazz meets grind!
Magrudergrind - 62 Trax of Thrash
Naked City - Radio: Ultra fucked up genre skipping jazz grind!!!
Nasum / Agathocles - Split
Various - Anti Nazi Compilation
Various - Spains Early Noise/Grind History
Virulence - A Conflict Scenario: Incredible jazz powerviolence grind (think Dillinger but more violent... and more jazzy)
Dont say I dont do nothing for yah.
Crust grindcore from Washington DC. This band is pretty self explanatory... awesome.
01 A Reaction With A Steak Knife
02 Casablanca Detonation
03 The 2nd Wave
04 Fascist Found Hung
05 End of Season Sale At Cerebral Department
06 I'd Like A Refund Or Expect Arson Against Your Place Of Business
07 Mr. Arnold Palmer? Nice Meal For Jeffrey Dahmer
08 My Inner Self Is Telling Me That Something In This Room Is At Its Unintelligent High Point..
09 Spicy Delight
10 Anti Scenester Motivation
11 Spock Cut Depletion
12 Esteem On The Floor
13 Inventory Of Flesh
14 Thresh Strike On #63
15 Circle Pit Casserole
16 My Lai Massacre
17 Letter Bomb To Real Estate Company Is Less Sign Distribution, But More Economic Value For Me
18 The Symptom Undiagnosed
19 Terror Through Exile
20 Power Client Power Washing
21 Workers Pride To Die
22 Thrash Unit Three Five Five
24 The Stench Of My Cat's Shit Is Equivalent To Your $50 Perfume
25 Culture Of Violence
26 Blood Not Milk
27 In My Quest For The Forsaken Necro Remote, I Stumbled Across Your Mother's Lifeless Corpse Eating A Shit Burrito
28 Inhalation White Powder Substance Self-Extermination
29 Not A Happy Meal For a 13 Year Old Girl Who Found Razor Blades In Her French Fries
30 Trophy Case Full Of Decapitated Human Corpses Won At Last Year's YMCA Youth Dismemberment/Suicide Day Event
32 Reversal Am Funeral
33 Pieces Of Glass Stuck In Your Bloody Knuckles
34 The Plastic Cancer
35 Served Chunky Blood Instead of Marinara Sauce
36 Slave Labor in a Cup
37 MyLeftHand (Japanese)
38 Spitting Up Sin
39 Stop Drop Sweatshop
40 Religious Baffle
41 The Fast One
42 Vomit Soup
43 MyLeftHand (English)
44 War For Oil, Spill More Blood For Soil
45 Gangrene On Your feet
46 Agnostic Technology
47 Army Of None
48 Hitler Only Had One Testicle Pt. 1
49 Humanity Aid
50 Kill To Thrash
51 Song Seven
52 Suburban Bloodshed
53 Elitists Have No Place In Hardcore
54 Hitler Only Had One Testicle Pt. 2
55 Ballad Of Christ
56 The Prick Has Made Its Name
57 America On Alert
58 Grind / Jazz Fusion
59 3:28 AM
60 Fuck Your Protein Source
61 Blood Covered Hands
62 Housewife Plague