Making their Australian debut, Finnish Grind legends Rotten Sound will be touching down in Sydney for a mid-week show to coincide with their 20th anniversary tour and new “Species at War” EP release.
Having built up a reputation as one of the most intense live bands within their genre, make sure you're there for Finland's finest and some of Sydney's grind offerings!
ROTTEN SOUND (Finland)
With Special Guests:
The Holiday Project
Tickets $24.50 + b.f., or $27 Door. Get tickets here.
Thanks Coffins Slave! (by the way, Coffins Slave are having a 25% off closing sale at the moment)
For those not in Sydney, there's always Obscene Extreme. More on that soon (as if you don't know, I mean, c'mon, really...)
Pretty stoked this has happened. Grindcore legends Nasum are coming to Australia! Keijo Niinimaa of Rotten Sound will be performing vocal duties (which ain't a bad deal in lieu of Mr. Talarczyk). Nice one Heathen Skulls.
And the main supports are Psycroptic! Wait, what?
Wednesday 15th Aug - Amplifier, Perth www.amplifiercapitol.com.au
Thursday 16th Aug - Fowlers Live, Adelaide www.fowlerslive.com.au
Friday 17th Aug - Hi Fi, Brisbane www.thehifi.com.au
Saturday 18th Aug - Hi Fi, Sydney www.thehifi.com.au
Sunday 19th Aug - Hi Fi, Melbourne www.thehifi.com.au
Tuesday 21st Aug - The Kings Arms, Auckland www.kingsarms.co.nz
Tickets on sale Monday 21st May, see venues for details. Facebook event here.
Who else do you want to see on the bill?
As you may be aware, Rotten Sound have recently joined the ranks of Relapse Records. Their first release for the label seems to be the unashamedly entitled "Napalm" - an EP featuring three new Rotten Sound originals and three Napalm Death cover songs. But the real clincher here is the bonus DVD which features a full Rotten Sound live set from the Obscene Extreme Festival.
The EP was released yesterday (March 30), so go pick it up at the Relapse store.
Personally I could not give a fuck about this. Rotten Sound seem so stuck in their ways. They are boring and uninspired and seem totally afraid to progress anywhere. I've heard every single riff, blast, breakdown and vocal pattern in a Rotten Sound song before it. Snore. You guys are boring as batshit. Either take a risk and write something different or just fuck off. What is the point just rehashing shit?
Don't get me wrong - I really, really dug Exit when it was released in 2005, but we are now in 2010 and you are boring me shitless. Vocalist Keijo Niinimaa's comments on the 3 new tracks was basically that "they're faster". FUCKING WOW. WHERE DID YOU GUYS GET THE IDEA TO PLAY FASTER?!??!?! YOU ARE SoOoOoOo fucking innovative!!!! I CAN BARELY KEEP UP!!!!!!!!!!! They've got 1 cover and 1 new original up on their MySpace if you're interested.
Has anyone heard any GOOD AND NON-GENERIC grind lately?? If so, please fill me in, because this shit is getting old.
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.
Grindhead Records have just announced the release of the Plague Rages / Disturbance Project split CD entitled The Screaming Nightmare Continues. It is available from their website or MySpace for $12 AUD or $10 USD.
The utterly intense barrage of merciless grindcore that is Spain's Disturbance Project have teamed up with the raw and immensely abrasive South American Plague Rages to create a monumental cranium exploding grind masterpiece!
For fan's of old Napalm Death, Rot, Warsore and Rotten Sound.
Sweden's The Arson Project have long been on my list to keep an eye out for since the band sent me a copy of their impressive demo 'Good Morning Vietnam' back in 2005. Their demo debuted a fast paced, frenetic grinding style that was topped off with scorching vocals that made me envisage scenes of mass-destruction brought about by widespread napalm bombing in Vietnam. Their name fit the aural intensity perfectly which is a rare thing is seems these days.
'Blood and Locusts' offered a similarly caustic experience; while the music is definitely more mature and developed, I was again met with an absolutely crushing wall of powerful blast beats from the second I pressed play, backed by those familiar raspy, scorching mid-range vocals and devastating guitars underscored by an appropriately thick distorted bass.
The Arson Project clearly owe a lot to the Nasum school of grindcore. I'm sure the band have a hard time avoiding such a comparison to their iconic countrymen. The main difference between Nasum and The Arson Project though are the song structures; The Arson Project are not content to let grooves settle, refusing to let listeners gain a sense of comfort. Their jagged song structures are aimed wholly at creating a volatile atmosphere of chaos and unpredictability. Listening to these short and potent grind tracks played at breakneck speeds with multiple tempo changes throughout is a thoroughly disorientating experience.
This is the style of modern grindcore I really enjoy; while the songs are short (I'd say the average clocks in at around 1:20) they don't fall victim to lazy songwriting. Each song is structured in isolation without reverting to irritating and predictable punk beat-blastbeat verse-choruses - and each song borrows from a wide range of extreme genres from grind, various schools of death metal (old school, melodic, progressive), hardcore punk, and crust. The track 'Mentalt Avrättad' even has a slight doom and melodic post-metal meditation as both Nasum and Rotten Sound have had a tendancies to do.
While this MCD is sure to have old school grind fans in a huff (and seriously who gives a fuck about them anyway? Boo hoo it doesn't perfectly rehash your favourite sloppy, poorly recorded nostalgic grind release - what a travesty) fans of modern grindcore should waste no time in getting. If you're into Afgrund, Rotten Sound, Sayyadina or Gadget then grab this album as soon as possible, because I believe it just might top any of the past offerings from either band.
This is crushing, violent, high-intensity grindcore done right. The songs are poweful and potent; crafted for maximum impact. Congratulations guys. This is definitely going to be one of my premier grind releases for 2009.