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14May/09Off

REVIEW: Super Fun Happy Slide – The Undislodgable Nugget Scenario

Posted by Lachlan

Super Fun Happy SlideSuper Fun Happy Slide are one of the cooler new grindspawn of the healthy Melbourne grindcore scene. Having caught their intense live shows a few times in their hometown, I'd been waiting for their Bizarre Leprous debut ever since the group announced they had finished up recording (the first time around). To say this album is belated would be an understatement; Super Fun Happy Slide somehow actually managed to lose their entire first recording only to have to start it all again, opting for a much more lo-fi approach the second time around.

There are two reasons why I dig Super Fun Happy Slide; first of all they have a sense of humour, which I find essential when you're playing metal's retarded epileptic cousin (grindcore). Any band that takes their sloppy blastbeats, thirty-second songs and shoddy rehashed punk riffing too seriously sickens me. Secondly, these guys are not afraid to mix things up. For the mostpart Super Fun Happy Slide play an amalgamation of raw, old school grindcore, crusty powerviolence and filthy gore/grind with a few hardcore, punk, thrash and rock elements thrown in for good measure. In their debut album The Undislodgable Nugget Scenario (we've all been there man) you'll hear everything from old school Napalm Death punk riffing, rockin' The Day Everything Became Nothing gore grooves, a few Gronibard shrieks, some 80's divebombs, some left over Slayer riffs and smatterings of L.D.O.H. gorefilth.

Nik of Super Fun Happy SlideSimply put; these guys mix up some of the best forms of extreme music to stave off monotony. Now, I don't mind myself a little bit of Insect Warfare, but to call those guys dynamic or varied is a fucking joke. They have their one style and they stick to it. Super Fun Happy Slide at least aren't afraid to throw a cheesy rock riff into a song or blatantly send up The Day Everything Became Nothing. The variation is quite refreshing; and what really comes across in listening to this album is that these guys are having a shitload of fun playing their music.

What really stood out about these guys live is the multi-faceted vocal style; vocalist Nik (who has since succeeded Tony of Blood Duster and Neil of Undinism in the incredible grind three-piece The Kill) holds two mics live - one running through a pitch-shifter and the other a dry mic. Nik provides the band with solid gore/grind bellows (a vocal style I'm usually fairly indifferent to), high-pitched shrieks and throaty hardcore yells. Their hyper-active drummer Brad doesn't seem content with trying to dismantled his drumkit and pushing his body to it's physical limit - opting to provide powerviolence-esque back-up vocals. Ever seen a dude push himself as hard as possible into a blast beat while simeltaniously screaming his head off? One serious customer.

Super Fun Happy Slide: the serious tech businessThe Undislodgable Nugget Scenario features 19 bursts of thrashing, grinding, rockin' power-violence gore with each track clocking in at an average of 75 seconds. The mix of styles makes this album instantly lovable - but it will have one major drawback for some: it is recorded like shit. Now the dudes insist they went for a 'raw, live feel' for the album, and the production is definitely not without it's charm, but it's no doubt going to piss a few people off. I'm still a little bit on the fence about the production; a times I love the stripped back feel and the fact that the drummer doesnt have to hide behind a shitty, beat-replaced drumkit. It's purely a matter of taste; if you prefer the ultra-fake Rotten Sound beat-replaced drums backed by 35 guitar tracks then maybe you'll have a problem with this album. If you're not a production snob and enjoy the raw, crusty punk, powerviolence and grind albums of yesteryear then chances are you're going to love it.

If you dig the likes of early Napalm Death, Regurgitate, Captain Cleanoff or any number of grinding powerviolence bands, get your shit together and grab this. It's a guaranteed shortlist for one of the years best grind albums. Word on the street is the band is already sorting out their next recording; a split 7" with Tasmanian band Now You're Fucked.

http://www.myspace.com/superfunhappyslide

Super Fun Happy Slide

5May/09Off

Lachlan’s Top 5 Australian grind albums

Posted by Lachlan

It's been a slow news week and I can't find shit to post, so here are my Top 5 Australian grind albums I recently had to compile for a magazine interview with some additional explainatory bullshit attached. Why not list your favourite 5 Australian grind albums too so we all feed like one big warm, happy eFamily (or is that iFamily?)?

In no particular order;

Captain Cleanoff DiscographyCaptain Cleanoff - Discography (No Escape Records): Insanely catchy punk-influenced grindcore; the perfect distillation of Napalm Death style grind coupled with truly infectious grooves. The original pressing of Captain Cleanoff's self-titled was one of my first ever encounters with grindcore, and still remains one of my favourite grind albums of all time. Grindhead sells it.

The Kill Hate SessionsThe Kill - Hate Sessions (No Escape Records): Blisteringly intense, caustic and relentless single-pedal grindcore which has featured at various times members of Fuck... I'm Dead, Blood Duster, Undinism and Super Fun Happy Slide. This three-piece are up there with Gridlink, Pig Destroyer, Discordance Axis and Insect Warfare in their ability in creating fast, violent and stripped-back grindcore. Grindhead sells it.

Agents of Abhorrnece Earth.Water.SunAgents of Abhorrence - Earth.Water.Sun (Numerical Thief): Frantic Discordance Axis-styled discordant guitar riffing fused with chaotic song structures and delivered with absolutely crushing intensity. To be completely honest, these guys even showed up Insect Warfare when they supported them in Sydney. A wall of chaotic grinding noise.

Blood Duster str8outtanorthcoteBlood Duster - Str8outtanorthcote (Relapse Records): This is THE Blood Duster album to own. It captures the band at their most stoner-rock orientated moment, melding incredible blues-baked stoner riffs and psychedelic grooves with erratic bursts of blast beats and Blood Duster's hilarious sense of humour.

Five Star Prison Cell The Complete First SeasonFive Star Prison Cell - The Complete First Season (Faultline Records): An absolute oddity in the world of grind. These guys mix grindcore with The Dillinger Escape Plan-esque rapid-fire syncopations and complex Meshuggah-influenced polyrhythms with a vocalist that constantly conjures up references to Mike Patton's experimental approach to vocals. Incredibly awesome, complex and unique. You could argue this isn't strictly grindcore, but I don't care. It rules.

This weekend Ebolie and Kill A Celebrity triumpantly return to the stage at Bald Faced Stag. Be there.

17Jan/09Off

DOWNLOAD: 32 MP3 Downloads from Grindhead Records

Posted by Lachlan

Grindhead recordsGrindhead Records have released a series of 32 FREE MP3 Downloads from their catalog of 27 death, gore and grindcore releases. For more information on any release be sure to visit www.grindheadrecords.com - Grindhead releases are priced from $8 to $12 AUD within Australia or $6 to $10 USD worldwide with shipping inclusive.

Code of Lies - Swarm of Vultures: Modern groove-laden, hybrid technical death/grind hailing from Orange, NSW, Australia.

Gruesome Stuff Relish - Broken Gravestones: The quintessential Spanish gore band for any horror metal freak.

Subterranean Fecal Root - Digging a 40 Mile Hole To Live In: Ultra-offensive grinding metalin the vein of Anal Cunt, Undinism, Macabre and Gronibard from Waco, Texas.

Pathology - Defiled Autopsy Remnants: Superb Californian brutal death/grind from members of Cattle Decapitation, Disgorge, The Locust and Being Killed. For fans of Goratory.

Beyond Terror Beyond Grace - Recycled Carnage: From the debut full-length from the most intense of the new wave of Australian grindcore for fans of Rotten Sound, Discordance Axis, Circle of Dead Children and Captain Cleanoff.

Long Pig - Leaving Barrel Influence: Incredibly battering, thick, raw grindcore infused with downtuned sludge, death and stoner metal from Hungary.

Sound of Detestation - Voided and Blind: Blistering modern Swedish grindcore with hardcore and death metal elements with stunning production values courtesy of William Blackmon (Gadget). For fans of Gadget, Rotten Sound, Nasum and Skitsystem.

Eyetofuk - Unifuk Zombie: A severely warped, hallucinogen-induced and LSD soaked alien nightmare of electro cyber porno gore/grind for fans of Gigantic Brain.

Putrid Whore - XXX: The Number of the Bitch: Punishing downtuned Italian gore/grind for fans of Gruesome Stuff Relish and Mortician.

Maximum Perversion - Snowdropper: Fun, porn-obsessed and grooving Australian death/grind with flavours of Macabre and Carcass.

Ebolie - 1800 Fashioncore Kids Helpline: Mind-melting, cranium-crushing, alcohol-fuelled and slightly quirky modern Australian grindcore drawing from Cephalic Carnage, Napalm Death and Nasum.

Guild of Destruction - Kill! Kill! Kill!: Old-school all-blasting, no-frills, thrashing intense death metal from the bowels of Melbourne Australia. Ripping heavy riffs and screaming solos make this essential for any 1990s death metal fan!

Malignant Germ Infestation - Zombie Outbreak: Complex yet sickening bile-drench brutal gore/grind with electronic elements.

Mangled Whore Flesh - Labia Jerky: Grooving, thrashing raw death/grind in the vein of Intestinal Disgorge.

Embalming Theatre - He Raped His Dying Daughter: The infamous Switz grinders Embaling Theatre return with another intense slab of crusty, raw and violent Switz grind.

Hacksaw Surgery - Severed and Eaten: Tongue-in-cheek Australian brutal death/grind with elements of Dismember and Incarnated.

Gutted With Broken Glass - Headfuck: Absolutely traumatic, hyper-violent brutal cyber-death/grind, taking the music of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Fuck I'm Dead to chaotic new extremes.

Roadside Burial - Vengence is Mine: Beer and meat fuelled no-bullshit grooving gore/grind brutality from Australia.

Exhibit A - Urination Contest Disorder: Fast, crusty punk-influenced ear-bleeding Australian grindcore.

Devoured Flesh Regurgitation - Bones, Flesh n' Partysnacks: Depraved catchy punk and gore influenced Dutch grindcore, complete with the neck-snapping groove of Regurgitate to the tune of Napalm Death and L.D.O.H.

Roncsipar - Kibera: A viscious hybrid of experimental influences from stoner rock to industrial metal. A unque and obscure listening experience from Hungary with dark and droning textures offset by haunting ambient undertones. For fans of Neurosis, Godflesh, Ministry and Scorn.

Aeturnus Dominion - Traumatic Amputation: Heavy metal from Australia.

Roadside Burial - This Hammer has a Date with Your Forehead: Beer and meat fuelled no-bullshit grooving gore/grind brutality from Australia.

Corpsickle - Zombie Flesh Eaters: The Australian undead desecrators of death metal rise from their fetid tomb to unleash their plague!

Sordid - Mix 106.Fuck You: Crustier than a pregnant crack-whore with a yeast infection. A whirlwind of filthy grind infused crust in the vein of Phobia, Infest and Unholy Grave from Australia.

Halo of Knives - Watch the Red Devils Burn: Battering, violent, extreme Australian grindcore of absolutely ear-splitting intensity. Think Napalm Death with the intensity and chaos turned up to eleven. Features members of the almighty Extortion.

Silovanje - I Raped A Rapist: A brutal brand of depraved and sadistic cyber-gore/grind influenced by Fuck I'm Dead, Mortician, Gut, Disgorge, Beheaded and Abuse. Features members of Captain Cleanoff.

Aeturnus Dominion - Meathook: Heavy metal from Australia.

Beyond Terror Beyond Grace - Murderer: From the debut MCD of this young grind act that are fast becoming one of Australia's most talked about grindcore band! See where it all began. A mix of Rotten Sound, old Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Circle of Dead Children, Discordance Axis and Discharge.

Hailstones Kill 200 - I Am Not Afraid: Total and utter chaos. This Australian band has all the ferocity and intensity of deadly jagged sheets of ice raining from the sky. Ultra-violent power-violence/grind beyond all reasonable level. Comparisons can be made to Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and The Locust infused with the pace of extreme grindcore. Features members of the almighty Extortion.

Ebolie - Blood Tapped Skull: Ebolie combine the humour of Blood Duster and Gronibard with the intensity and groove of Napalm Death and the intensity of Nasum and Fuck I'm Dead with sporadic flirtations with jazz and funk. Killer Australian death/grind.

Ebolie - Rape of Sanity

Grindhead records

http://www.grindheadrecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/grindhead

4Jun/08Off

Subterranean Fecal Root – Anthems of the Antisocial Underground Released

Posted by Lachlan

So Grindhead Records have just released the new album by a Texas band called Subterranean Fecal Root. They play pretty intense, offensive, fun and catchy metal that reminds me of Agoraphobic Nosebleed crossed with Macabre and Anal Cunt. There's an MP3 from the bottom, or just check out a track on Grindhead Records' MySpace page fool.

Subterranean Fecal Root's Anthems of the Antisocial UndergroundExploding out of the seedy alcohol-soaked underbelly of Waco, Texas in a defeacting clusterbomb of mercilessly degrading detestation comes Subterranean Fecal Root's 'Anthems of the Antisocial Underground'.

Subterranean Fecal Root come heavily armed with 37 face-pounding tracks specifically designed to absolutely repulse and disgust all sectors of this so called 'civilised society', excreting shockwaves of destructive oral and aural obscenity via the insanely harsh yet coherent spazzed out shrieking vocals, reminiscent of Macabre and Gronibard and backed by savagely sharp and abrasive riffs spliced with bowel stomping grooves and drum programming that is likely to induce an instant prolapse!

Deliberately ignorant and proud of it, these pissed off abhorrent rednecks are on a mission to completely derail and eradicate all foolish, misguided and imprudent humans by smearing vile, steaming shitlogs in the faces of Christians, yuppies, conversatives, scenestars, pseudo-grinders, feminists and any other deluded tool that is completely devoid of any rational grounding in reality.

Subterranean Fecal Root secure their conviction through such subtle abominations like "Beat the fuck out of Jesus", "Hate is a wonderful thing" and "Farting a spinich loaf on your face". If you cant get enough of Anal Cunt, Meatshits and Undinism then this nasty piece of debauchery is a must have!

Available now from Grindhead Records for $15 AUD or $10 USD.

Download a free MP3 of Digging A 40 Mile Hole To Live In.

http://www.grindheadrecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/grindhead
http://www.myspace.com/subterraneanfecalroot

   

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