Just released through Fat Ass Records is a great grindcore split featuring the Australian terrors of single pedal metal The Kill and New York's The Communion who on this release are having a crack at some sludge styled grindcore.
According to my source, The Kill's side of the split contains 5 tracks of extremely fast grind, and includes a cover of the Napalm Death song 'Dead'. The Communion's side has 2 tracks of sludgey grindcore that combines elements of EyeHateGod, Buzzoven, Assuck & Phobia.
A good mix, with a little of something for everybody.
You can purchase it now through Fat Ass Records for 8 Euros / $10 with postage worldwide.
If 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.
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.
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!
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
THE KILL: Melbourne's The Killcould be one of the most intense grindcore bands on earth (alongside the likes of Gridlink, Agents of Abhorrence, Discordance Axis, early Pig Destroyer and the like). They're about to release a live album they did for PBS Radio on No Escape Records. You can listen to two tracks Needs More Napalm and Fuck the Olympics on their MySpace page.
THE GUANTANAMO BAY CITY ROLLERS: There is a cool live clip up from the awesome South Australian grinding stoner/hardcore punk rock band The Guantanamo Bay City Rollers. It's one of those funky Facebook video things, but hopefully you can see it here (you may need to be logged in).
HELM: Queensland's Helmhave 4 of 5 new tracks off their upcoming album Volume 2... The Winter March - which is quite a lot when you consider their songs are all in the vicinity of 7+ minutes. Their new album is due out early 2010, and their debut album Keehaul... Volume 1 has been in almost constant rotation in my CD player since I purchased it. It is beyond highly recommend for fans of Cult of Luna, Isis and the like.
ALTARS: South Australian death metal band Altarshave a new song up, which will form part of their split with Tzun Tzu. I'm not a fan of too many death metal bands these days, but these guys seem to have the whole Morbid Angel vibe going with an evil-as-fuck atmosphere to accompany it. Sounds promising.
GENE POOL SHARKS: Sydney thrashing 90s hardcore punkers Gene Pool Sharks have two demo tracks up.
EYETOFUK: LSD-soaked rocking cyber-grind whack Lithuanian cunts Eyetofukare letting you download their Grindhead Records split with Putrid Whore for free.
PIRATE:Sydney prog wizards Pirate have some new songs off their latest release. I will go ahead and say these guys shit all over anything The Mars Volta could have hoped to achieve in the last few years.
With their new self-titled full length Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation has restored my faith in grindcore that does not rely on ridiculous complexity or excessive production values to create a listenable album. By the same token, FID are not a band who are stuck in one rigid subset of grindcore, and free themselves to incorporate an plethora of influences - and I'm not talking about obscenely electic jazz influences like Cephalic Carnage either. It's all fucking fast, filthy, furious fucking grindcore all the way; punctuated with savage blast beats and fucking intense vocals.
The album opens with a catchy burst of punk-influenced-grind a la Captain Cleanoff. From there I can pick out European style modern grooving breakdowns (Smudged), a slightly old school Bolt Thrower death metal influence in a slower tempo, tremolo-picked groove (Studeny Klih), some shamelessly catchy punk rock segments, a slamming brutal death metal moment (In The Sluge), an old school doom introduction (Unvoiced), a brief cock-rock moment (Into the Gray Room), an old-school chunky Obituary riff (Dusted Ratina), some very obvious throwbacks to Napalm Death (Into the Sluge) as well as spates of crusty powerviolence.
The production is reasonably solid all things considered; the guitar tone is slightly crusty but with enough clarity so that you can clearly make out each riff, and distorted enough to very happily fill out the sound with a slightly dirty bass chugging underneath. The vocals are a mix of slightly guttural bellows, distorted high pitched wails and almost black metal howls - a fairly dynamic mix for a grind band. What is even more impressive, is that all these tortuous sounds are the result of one tiny Japanese girls voicebox. Holy fucking shit.
This fucking great stuff, and very well worth fans of Insect Warfare, Phobia and the like to check out. If you need a second opinion, I will refer you to the original review of this album that successfully piqued my interest over at Teufel's Tomb (a review site I would definitely recommend you check out).
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.