Deathgrind

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com

Deathgrind is a genre mixing Death Metal and Grindcore. Bands that play in this style typically are heavier sounding and more technical in playing and song structure than your average Grindcore band. Deathgrind is closely related to both Goregrind and Pornogrind stylistically. Notable Deathgrind bands include the United States' Brutal Truth formed in 1990, the United States Cephalic Carnage formed in 1992, the United Kingdom's Defecation formed in 1987, Germany's Blood formed in 1986, and the United States' Righteous Pigs formed in 1987. Bands that play Deathgrind can be found on MMA under both Grindcore and Death Metal, depending on where the emphasis lies.

Click for Full Sub-Genre Chart

deathgrind top albums

Showing only albums and EPs | Based on members ratings & MMA custom algorithm | 24 hours caching

TERRORIZER Caustic Attack Album Cover Caustic Attack
TERRORIZER
4.36 | 8 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
LOCK UP Necropolis Transparent Album Cover Necropolis Transparent
LOCK UP
4.42 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
LOCK UP Hate Breeds Suffering Album Cover Hate Breeds Suffering
LOCK UP
4.25 | 4 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
CEPHALIC CARNAGE Misled by Certainty Album Cover Misled by Certainty
CEPHALIC CARNAGE
3.97 | 7 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
BRUTAL TRUTH Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses Album Cover Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
BRUTAL TRUTH
3.87 | 17 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TERRORIZER Hordes of Zombies Album Cover Hordes of Zombies
TERRORIZER
3.79 | 11 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
This list is in progress since the site is new. We invite all logged in members to use the "quick rating" widget (stars bellow album covers) or post full reviews to increase the weight of your rating in the global average value (see FAQ for more details). Enjoy MMA!

deathgrind online videos

deathgrind New Releases

.. Album Cover
Metempiric
Album
KNOLL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
To the Dead
Album
EXHUMED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Social Tympanum
Album
PROUDHON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Blond Beast
Single
PROUDHON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Kali Yuga
Single
OLIGARCHICAL DESECRATION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hope For The Future
Demo
OLIGARCHICAL DESECRATION
Buy this album from MMA partners

deathgrind Music Reviews

CAULDRON OF SHIT Mysterious Fortress

EP · 2017 · Deathgrind
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
Having festered in the sewers of Perth, Australia, the self-penned progenitors of shitcore arose and named themselves CAULDRON OF SHIT. This extremely noisy outfit consists of the duo of Sam Ford (vocals, drums) and Drew Griffiths (guitar, drums) who together have so far only unleashed this terror-ific EP of a mere 13 minutes and 23 seconds but wow is it a nasty brutal beast of noise-fest that is guaranteed to make YOUR shit list!

While this EP is basically a hybrid of nerdy technical death metal mixed with the explosive brevity of grindcore, the Bandcamp page suggest a new term such as technical grindcore but also adds a bit of mathcore, deathgrind and speed metal to the mix. Honestly it’s almost impossible to detect strains of imposed nomenclature to these kinds of loud obnoxiously brutal albums so let’s just call it extreme grind-based noise metal. Deathgrind works too.

Like most “core” albums especially of a short length, this one is unapologetically loud, fast, brutal and as obnoxious as is possible. The guitars are primarily set to grindcore with tech death and mathcore moments thrown in for good measure. The vocals are primarily guttural growls with a few pig squeals thrown in here and there. These tracks are very short with the longest of the 17 tracks only hitting the one minute and nine second mark.

Think of this as a more techy version of Pig Destroyer and you’re on the right track. One of those releases that gets your juices flowing while you’re experiencing it’s uncompromising rampage but rather forgettable after all is said and done. These core hybrids have been circulating for some time now so the wow factor is missing and the technical playing while impressive isn’t anything new under the sun. A fun little romp through musical chaos but nothing to get overly excited about either. No shit!

TERRORIZER Darker Days Ahead

Album · 2006 · Deathgrind
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"Darker Days Ahead" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US grindcore/death metal act Terrorizer. The album was released through Century Media Records in August 2006. Terrorizer is a bit of a legendary act on the early grindcore/death metal scene as it featured members in the lineup who would later join high profile acts like Morbid Angel and Napalm Death. Terrorizer had actually split-up in 1988, but was given 8 hours of studio/mixing time in 1989 and recorded and mixed their debut album "World Downfall (1989)" with a quickly assembled lineup, who disbanded again immediately after the recording sessions. So it´s not surprising that only half of the lineup who recorded "World Downfall (1989)" return on this comeback album 17 years down the line. That´s drummer Pete Sandoval and guitarist Jesse Pintado, while Anthony Rezhawk has replaced Oscar Garcia on vocals and Tony Norman has replaced Dave Vincent on bass (Norman also plays guitars).

Stylistically "Darker Days Ahead" is a much more death metal oriented release than "World Downfall (1989)" was. It´s still fast, blasting, and aggressive deathgrind, but there are also heavier and more brutal sections here, which often are more death metal oriented than grindcore styled (an example is "Crematorium" but there are other examples of the heavier style throughout the album). Terrorizer are a well playing band, and Rezhawk has a raw voice and a brutal growling delivery which suits the instrumental part of the music well. The sound production is also fairly powerful and detailed, although nothing out of the ordinary for the style. I have to give a special mention to the drum sound though, which has been successfully mixed in a way so the listener is able to hear each and every snare hit clearly even during the most chaotic and furiously fast-paced blast beat sections.

When it comes to the musicianship it´s the drumming by Pete Sandoval which deserves a mention too, because once again it is made abundantly clear how well playing a drummer he is. Sandoval´s work with Morbid Angel is of course legendary and extremely influential, but his drumming here, although typically a bit more simple (well...relatively), is also of an incredibly high quality. Paired with the aggressive growling vocals, and the fast-paced riffs, it makes for a caustic sonic cocktail of raw and brutal deathgrind. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved and I may even be a bit cheap with the stars here.

BRUTAL TRUTH Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses

Album · 1992 · Deathgrind
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
SilentScream213
Yes! Finally! A band takes the potential of Grindcore and uses it right!

Brutal Truth’s debut is full of extreme high-energy tracks stock full of insane riffage! There is a huge Death/Thrash influence to this thing, and the riffs are super evil sounding despite the wholly political nature of the album. And thank goodness, for once a Grindcore vocalist enunciates, those politically charged lyrics are easy to follow. The vocals aren’t really special in themselves but they get credit for doing what 95% of Grindcore can’t by being god damn intelligible.

The real sauce here is the musicianship, and holy hell these guys can play. I mentioned the riffage earlier, and it is air-tight. Guitar and bass shred along at insane speeds, ripping off the best riffs I’ve heard in the genre yet. The drumming is inhuman, the blast-beats are probably the fastest I’ve heard yet, and actually manage to be on-time (if not incredibly precise). However, the drums are usually not so much sonic aggression as to drown out the tasty riffs, and the guy knows when to play extreme and when to serve the music. Huge plus!

Incredibly awesome Deathgrind and my personal favorite Grindcore album as of its release.

BRAVE THE COLD Scarcity

Album · 2020 · Deathgrind
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"Scarcity" is the debut full-length studio album by US deathgrind act Brave The Cold. The album was released through Mission Two Entertainment in October 2020. Brave The Cold was founded in 2018 by guitarist/bassist/lead vocalist Mitch Harris, and Belgian drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, Soilwork..etc.) was added to complete the two-piece lineup. "Scarcity" was released only a month after "Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (2020)" by Napalm Death. An album Harris also played on. Circumstances in Harris life meant he and his family moved back to Las Vegas after living almost two decades in the UK, and his position in Napalm Death is at this moment still undecided. Officially he is taking a break from the band and his touring duties are covered by session musicians. Although Harris hasn´t toured with Napalm Death for quite a few years, his career in music is far from over, and Brave The Cold is the project to prove that.

Stylistically the material on "Scarcity" is a relatively varied form of deathgrind. There are blastbeat parts here, but just as many heavy parts. The hardcore punk influence is strong and although "Scarcity" does not sound like Napalm Death there are still quite a few similarities in the riff department, which is of course only natural as Harris has co-written loads of Napalm Death songs throughout the years.

Harris vocals are aggressive, snarling, and raw, but he also sings clean vocals on the album. He is not the most unique sounding clean vocalist out there, but the clean vocal parts work well and provide the album with a melancholic atmosphere, which compliments the raw aggression of the most brutal deathgrind parts. The musicianship is not surprisingly on a high level given the two musicians featured in the lineup. Verbeuren´s drumming is technical but never in a forced way and he always seem to know exactly what a song needs. When a break or a tempo change is needed, or when to add a little more organic playing. He is just one hell of a drummer, and proves it once again here.

As mentioned above the material on "Scarcity" is relatively varied for the genre, and the tracks on the 11 track, 38:03 minutes long album are all memorable and surprisingly catchy. It´s not often you´ll find a deathgrind album with material as memorable as the case is on "Scarcity" and when it features a unique sound too, it´s hard not to say more than a few praising words about the album. The album features a raw, brutal, and powerful sonding production too, and upon conclusion it´s a high quality release in all departments. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

TERRORIZER World Downfall

Album · 1989 · Deathgrind
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
SilentScream213
World Downfall is by far my favorite Grindcore album of the 80’s. It’s become really clear to me why most Grindcore doesn’t do it for me while Terrorizer kicks ass.

1. I don’t like silly/humorous music, which a fair portion of Grindcore is. This means lyrically and sonically – Terrorizer is full of hardcore riffs and angry, pessimistic messages that mesh well with the chaotic, manic wall of aggression.

2. Unlike most Punk genres, if you want to play Grindcore, you have to know how to play your instruments… Doing everything as fast as physically possible without having some amazing technique and precision just sounds awful. Terrorizer is full of extreme talent and capability. They nail everything they aim for and always sound precise (save the vocalist… more on that later).

3. If you want to play Grindcore, you need decent production. If you’re just going hard on every instrument as aggressively as possible, and you don’t have some sort of production job that can individualize those instruments, it just sounds like noise. World Downfall has some very good production without compromising the grit or making it sound clean. There is no sheen to it; simply a very good job of making sure every awesome riff is still audible over those pounding drums, and the bass gets some great treatment too.

There is one huge weakness here, else it would be a near perfect grind record. The vocalist.

I know what people say, “you don’t listen to extreme music for the vocals! It’s for the riffs!” Never for a second have I felt that way, and never have I understood it. If vocals are present, they matter, and if lyrics are present, they matter. They are pieces of the art that forms the whole.

The vocalist here doesn’t have a bad sound, and the lyrics are fine. The written lyrics are fine. The words that come out of the vocalist’s mouth hit about 50% of what’s written, 40% of the time shout random words or syllables that are not understandable, and 10% of the time completely skips a verse or chorus and says absolutely nothing. There are no full sentences or lines, at best a few of the words are launched out, sometimes not even in order. It’s like the vocalist had never seen the lyrics before, they just gave him a paper while they jammed and he decided to wing it.

Imagine if any other band member did that with their instrument. The album would sound like absolute crap. Why do vocalists get a pass? Not from me. Really drags down an otherwise top-notch grind album.

deathgrind movie reviews

No deathgrind movie reviews posted yet.

Artists with Deathgrind release(s)

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Paranoid Heavy Metal
BLACK SABBATH
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
RUSH
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN
Buy this album from our partners
Rising Heavy Metal
RAINBOW
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Noctem Deathcore
BENEATH AN OBSIDIAN SKY
Buy this album from MMA partners
Gloom Crust Punk
GRIMER
Buy this album from MMA partners
You Will Never Go Back Sludge Metal
POTVOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Peak Of Feeling Blue Metalcore
ANEVERLOW.
Buy this album from MMA partners
Placer Inmundo Metalcore
ENAUSENCIA
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

Unspoken Words
MALUS DEXTRA
Bosh66· 21 hours ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us