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12 March: Ulcerate at A Million Dead Birds Laughing at the Bald Faced Stag

Posted by Lachlan

Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds LaughingCatch NZ dissonant death metallers Ulcerate (NZ) and Melbourne death/grind band A Million Dead Birds Laughing (VIC) this Saturday at the Bald Faced Stag. This tour was arranged by Evolutionary Touring (run by my pal Ben Terror of old Beyond Terror Beyond Grace fame) and also features Dining in Tuscany, Ignite the Ibex and FGWMWS.

Here's the Facebook event - and here's the accompanying press release:

New Zealand’s leading extreme metal export, ULCERATE, are a band that is driven to create a sonic assault of sound focused on bleak and extreme atmospheres. The 2009 release of their album ‘Everything Is Fire’ resulted in rave reviews, tours to Europe with Nile, to Australia & more, and saw their brand of dissonant metal take hold with many an extreme metal fan worldwide.

January 25, 2011 will see the release of Ulcerate’s third full-length album The Destroyers of All through Willowtip Records. Ambitious, oppressive and expansive, with a strict adherence to the tradition of total bleakness the band is becoming known for, The Destroyers of All presents the most atmospheric and challenging listen from the band to date.

I'd really like to check out Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds - and Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt are fucking ace - but I've got a wedding to go to. I would highly recommend you guys make it down! Really solid line-up for the night.


A Million Dead Birds Laughing at the Sonic Forge Festival 2010

Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds Laughing


REVIEW: Magrudergrind – Magrudergrind

Posted by Lachlan

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.


Shitloads of grind news from Circle of Dead Children, Captain Cleanoff, Kill The Client, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and loads more

Posted by Lachlan

Things happen. It's a scientific fact. Here are a collection of things that have allegedly happened (to be proven or disproven at a future point of time).

  • Circle of Dead Children recorded their new full-length Psalm of the Grand Destroyer back in November 2008. Vocals were finally laid down last week; now the recording is to be mastered by Scott Hull, then released by Willowip Records.
  • Beyond Terror Beyond Grace are finishing up recording vocals with Tim Carr at Studio 301 next week. Artwork is being worked on by someone called Rainsong, who has worked on designs for Nevermore, Jeff Loomis, All Shall Perish, Whitechapel, Aborted, Strapping Young Lad and The End. Not cheap I'm guessing. Apparently we can expect the album title and perhaps a tracklisting to soon follow.
  • 4 Dead have a new album coming up. FUCK YES! They record late October it would seem.
  • Portal have a new track online for download through Profound Lore Records. Download it.
  • Frank Rizzo are finally back in action with a new live track and rough demo track up on their MySpace.

Grind and/or die.


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