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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.


The Kill / Doubled Over: The Dirty Filthy Yank Perspective by Gingerbelly

Posted by Matt

The Kill in the USASomewhere on Park Street in Montclair, New Jersey, wedged modestly between two upscale restaurants, sits a simple and inconspicuous-looking door. Behind that door is a stairwell that descends and expands into a cavernous basement area. Nearly every inch of it is covered in graffiti and stickers, the side walls support rows of beaten couches and seats torn out of old cars, and an elevated section at the far end serves as a makeshift stage. For years, this basement has been referred to as The Meatlocker, and on the night of Friday, May 20th, it was home to an unrelenting maelstrom of grinding noise.

The Meatlocker was just one stop along the US East Coast tour of The Kill before their major event at Maryland Deathfest IX in Baltimore the following week. Joined by partners in grind Doubled Over, the two bands comprise a lethal duo, paragons of Aussie grindcore excellence. This night’s portion of the tour featured a stellar cast of supporting bands, all in top brutal form. Up-and-coming grindcore act Nemesis Complex took the stage first, ensuring that the audience’s ears would be properly broken in for all the following bands with a wall of harsh, blasting noise. Picking up swiftly afterwards was the two-man cannibalistic squad Rogyapa, satisfying any lingering cravings for more grind. Following was a violent thrashing from Amputee, featuring members of New Jersey grind act Chainsaw to the Face. The Communion from New York was up next, lashing out a slew of chilling riffs and dynamic vocals. Also churning through the stage amps was a storm of thick and fuzzy sludge grooves laid down by local band Dutchguts.

Doubled Over in the USABy 1:00 AM, as Doubled Over was setting up, many in the crowd had either caught their second wind or reached a suitably drunken state—just in the nick of time. A two-piece for this show, they wasted no time in sending the audience into submission: careening through sharp tempo changes, throttling into high-velocity, slashing blasts only to yank it suddenly down to a painful, doomy trudge, all before rocketing back up to speed again. A powerfully driving snare pulled many into the pit with ease, backed by solid guitarsmanship and guttural growls to complete the sound. Doubled Over delivered on both intensity and the ability to transfer its unyielding energy directly into the crowd. At the end of the set, they were joined by The Kill’s vocalist to punctuate with a cover of the legendary Excruciating Terror. Even if some audience members may be unfamiliar with Doubled Over, their stage magic compels all in the vicinity to thrash without compromise.

With both bands playing on rental instruments that they only received after arriving in the US, The Kill shared the same drum kit and likewise decimated it with the same breed of fury from down under. It seemed apparent that rental or not, no instrument would be unfamiliar enough to prevent itself from being shredded as they started their set. With the shout of a song title, followed by a swift dive into the first track, the grind was soon underway. The line between the stage and the pit blurred to the point where not even the band was safe from the rumpus of the hordes. High-pitched, serrated screams cut their way to the surface of waves of thrashing bodies as the vocalist was pulled into the crowd. It seemed that the final reserves of utter insanity were stored up over the course of the show for this moment, as thunderous blast beats pummeled skulls left and right, and searing guitar riffs needled flesh with little to no regard for mercy. The Kill opened up a cataclysmic can of grindcore that washed over the entire Meatlocker with incendiary force. The setlist unloaded like fully automatic rounds and concluded the night with proper devastation.

I type this now with a face that is still half-melted after the experience, flecks of skin dripping down onto my keyboard. New Jersey is quite often considered the “armpit” of the United States, and if the arrival of these bands on the night of May 20th was intended to be a tactical strike to wipe us off the map, then I would not be surprised—we were obliterated in the best way possible.

Thank you, our Australian friends, the rest of the bands, and everyone who came out, for reminding us what it means to fucking grind.

"Gingerbelly is the current bassist and noise-shitter for Nemesis Complex. He doesn’t usually write blog articles, but may consider doing it more often in the future for cash to help pay for his facial reconstruction surgery. He also (quite shamelessly) suggests that you should check out the Nemesis Complex blog for a free download of the band’s new album, “Enemy.” And he’s not even done with the self-whoring yet, because he also notes that you can find plenty more cool stuff at the NxCx YouTube channel. If you found all of this to be a vile and offensive load of tripe, you can send him hate mail (nemesiscomplexnj[at]gmail(dot)com) and personally call him an insufferable prick."


Gordy calling Mindsnare quits

Posted by Lachlan

Gordy of MindsnareSome sad news came in over the weekend. It looks like Gordy is going to call Mindsnare quits. Anyone who's followed Mindsnare over the years knows that he is a fucking unbelievable drummer and will be sorely missed.

Whats more is the band are going to re-evaluate their future plans. They are currently undecided whether they are going to break up, keep moving on or forming another band.

Here's the word from Mindsnare's MySpace:

Gordy has decided that after 8 years in Mindsnare that it is time for him to leave the band. He has been playing live and touring the world in bands for over 15 years and with the arrival of his son last year he has taken stock and chosen to put music aside for the time being. Any band that has been around for almost a decade with the same lineup is bound to have someone bow out and we have been lucky to have him in the band all these years. The plan is for him to play the Meatlocker shows in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Bunbury. We may add Sydney and Newcastle if we can get the venues. After this we will be deciding what to do with the band - whether it will be to go on with someone else or, if it's time, call it quits.

Mindsnare liveCrappy news. Hanged, Choked and Wrist Slit and The Death are fucking awesome albums - some of the best hardcore albums on earth in fact. For so many years Mindsnare have effectively led the Aussie hardcore scene with their intense live shows. I've been of the opinion for the last 5 years that they are deservedly one of the greatest hardcore bands in the international scene. If they call it quits there will be a huge void in the Australian hardcore scene.

And no, a new Crafter project cannot fill that void. Please leave.


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