FILTHY CHRISTIANS
Grindcore • Sweden

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Entombed were not the first Swedish band to be signed to Earache - that honour goes to Falun's first and indeed, finest, grindcore band- Filthy Christians. Formed in 1987 by noted tape trader and original hardcore scenester, Per Thunell, the band played with Heresy on their earliest Swedish dates and also shared the stage with Napalm Death many times on their first forays into Scandinavia. Per himself was instrumental in the birth of the grindcore scene as we know it -being previously the singer in the seminal "Protes Bengt" - a project formed with members of Mob 47. Their first release, the stunning 32 track 7" single "In Bengt We Trust" (ROJ records) is , along with D.R.I., Deep Wound and Siege, etc one of the most important records in the evolution of superfast hardcore into what became grindcore.

In 1989 the band signed to Earache and entered Musik Stugan
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Mean
Grindcore 1990

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Filthy Christians / G-Anx
Grindcore 1988
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Nailed
Grindcore 1994

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FILTHY CHRISTIANS Mean

Album · 1990 · Grindcore
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"Mean" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish grindcore act Filthy Christians. The album was released through Earache Records in April 1990. Filthy Christians were formed in 1987 by Per Thunell, who at the time was a prolific character on the Swedish hardcore/grindcore scene and an avid tape trader too. The band was the first Swedish act to be signed to Earache Records. "Mean" was recorded during April 1989. The album was considered rather controversial upon release. Not only because of the obviously controversial band name, but also because of the cover artwork, which shows a picture of the murdered Swedish prime minister Olof Palme lying in a pool of blood (Olof Palme was gunned down on open street in Stockholm, Sweden on February 28, 1986 by a still unknown assailant). As a consequence the British authorities confiscated several copies of the album upon release as they deemed the cover artwork obscene.

The album features 18 tracks distributed over a 35:54 minutes long playing time. The music style is grindcore with quite a few nods toward hardcore punk and some crossover thrash elements too. The most noisy and fast blasting parts somewhat remind me of early Napalm Death, but "Mean" is a much more varied release than any of the early albums by the Birmingham bunch. The rather silly humourous lyrics also point in a less "serious" direction. I guess song-titles like "Extremely Bad Breath", "If You're Hardcore...I'm Not!" and "Herring Attack" say more than words about the lyrical subject matter. The lyrics actually stand in stark contrast to the real life violence on the cover of the album and it´s definitely one of those cases where you can´t judge a book by it´s cover.

Silly/humourous lyrical content or not, the music is of high quality. The songwriting is relatively varied for the genre, the musicianship is strong (that drummer is on fire) and the sound production is great too. While it may be slightly thin sounding compared to more bass heavy releases, the sound on "Mean" allows you to hear all details in the music. "Mean" is in all respects a great album which has a lot to offer to those who like their grindcore varied (hell there´s even the odd swing part and a couple of melodic leads thrown in) and not relentlessly blasting all the time. A 3.5 - 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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