Grindcore

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Grindcore is an extreme metal genre formed in the mid 1980's from a marriage of Hardcore Punk, Crust Punk, Thrashcore and the then embryonic Death Metal genre.

Grindcore took Hardcore and Crust Punk's drive for blistering speed and short song format and Death Metal's meatier and heavier sound, as well as taking some influence from Industrial and Noise. A typical Grindcore song on average is about 30 seconds to two minutes long, and usually features downtuned and overdriven guitars and bass with fairly simple punk styled riffs alternating between lightning fast and slower groovier passages. Grindcore drumming usually consists of inhumanly fast blast beating and sometimes slower d-beats. Vocals range from Death Metal growls and grunts to high pitched shrieks, with some bands employing a more Hardcore style of shouted vocals.

Lyrically Grindcore bands usually fall into two camps, ones with political lyrics and messages of many Hardcore bands and the Gore obsessed bands that permeate Death Metal.

The first bands that usually take credit with creating the typical Grindcore sound are the United Kingdom's Napalm Death, formed in 1982, and first releasing the From Enslavement To Obliteration demo in 1986, and the full studio album Scum in 1987, the American band Regurgitation formed in 1986, and releasing the Organic Backwash demo in 1986, before changing their name to O.L.D. and recording the Old Lady Drivers album in 1988, and the United States' Genocide formed in 1985, who would record three demos in 1986, before changing their name to Repulsion and recording the Horrified studio album, which wouldn't be released until 1989 after the group had split up for the first time. Other notable early Grindcore acts include the United Kingdom's Extreme Noise Terror formed in 1985 (though they consider themselves as Hardcore punk), the United States' Terrorizer formed in 1987 featuring many members who would go on to be in other well-known and influential acts, Belgium's Agathocles formed in 1985 who dub their style of Grindcore 'Mincecore', United Kingdom's Unseen Terror formed in 1986 featuring members of Napalm Death, Italy's Cripple Bastards formed originally under the name of Grimcorpses before changing sound and name, Japan's legendary group S.O.B. formed in 1983, and others.

Some bands that must be mentioned for being highly influential to the development of Grindcore, include the Hardcore Punk of Siege, Deep Wound, Discharge, GISM, Amebix, Larm, Asocial, as well as Industrial/No Wave group Swans, and the Industrial group Throbbing Gristle.

Grindcore has also spawned many sub genres.

• Deathgrind.

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.

• Goregrind.

Goregrind is a genre mixing Death Metal and Grindcore. Bands playing in this style feature extremely violent or medical terminology for lyrics, extreme, and for artwork (often times very real pictures), a deviation from the political messages of most Hardcore bands, and many bands make use of pitch shifted or extremely low guttural vocals. The credit for the first Goregrind band goes the United Kingdom's Carcass, formed in 1985 who's debut Reek Of Putrefaction became a favourite of DJ John Peel. Other notable early Goregrind acts include Sweden's General Surgery formed in 1988, United States' Impetigo formed in 1987, and the Netherland's Last Days Of Humanity formed in 1989.

• Pornogrind.

Pornogrind is a genre mixing Death Metal and Grindcore. Bands playing in this style feature the use of porn obsessed imagery and lyrics, extremely distorted and pitch shifted vocals, and often times incorporate much slower and groovy sections within songs. Notable Pornogrind bands include the United States' Meat Shits formed in 1989, and Germany's Gut formed in 1991.

• Cybergrind.

Cybergrind is a genre mixing Electronic and Grindcore. Bands that play this style make use of synths, computers, and drum machines in addition to the usual guitars and bass, while some bands use synths, MIDI files, and drum machines exclusively. Many Cybergrind bands tend to have little to no influence or relation to metal. Japan's Catasexual Urge Motivation formed in 1992 is generally considered the first Cybergrind group with a drum machine nicknamed Cyber E.M.F. Other notable Cybergrind bands include the United States Agoraphobic Nosebleed formed in 1994, and Australia's The Berzerker formed in 1995.

• Noisecore.

Noisecore is a genre mixing Hardcore, Noise Rock, and early Grindcore. Bands that play this style of Hardcore/Grindcore usually eschew any form of song structure, in favour of rapid blast beats or fast random playing with riff-less guitar and bass noise, and indecipherable vocal growls and shrieks. Many Noisecore songs don't even hit the 30 second mark, being short blasts and explosions of chaotic sound. Notable Noisecore bands include Australia's Seven Minutes Of Nausea formed in 1985, United States Anal Cunt formed in 1988, United Kingdom's Sore Throat formed in 1987, Switzerland's Fear Of God formed in 1988, and Japan's The Gerogerigegege formed in 1985. Bands that play Noisecore can be found on MMA under both Grindcore and Hardcore, depending on which style is ascendant.

• Fastcore/Thrashcore.

Thrashcore is a genre of Hardcore and early Grindcore. Bands that play in this style of Hardcore/Grindcore are discernible for making use of shorter song structures, faster tempos, and blast beating, more than regular Hardcore bands, and for this Thrashcore can be considered a forerunner to Grindcore and Powerviolence, As many early Grindcore bands took influence from early D.R.I., Deep Wound, and Septic Death. While many Thrashcore artists are labelled as Hardcore here on MMA, some can be considered closer to Grindcore, these bands include Japan's S.O.B. formed in 1983, and the United States' Siege formed in 1981, and Britain's Atavistic formed in 1985. Bands that play Thrashcore can be found on MMA under both Grindcore and Hardcore, depending on where the emphasis rests.

• Powerviolence.

Powerviolence is a genre of Hardcore and early Grindcore. Bands that play in this style are distinguishable from Grindcore and Hardcore for extremely short song lengths with often and sudden tempo changes, and shouted Hardcore vocals. Powerviolence bands draw on early Thrashcore, Hardcore, and Grindcore for inspiration, such as Scum era Napalm Death, Siege, Deep Wound, Cryptic Slaughter, and early D.R.I. Notable Powerviolence bands include the United States' Infest formed in 1986, the United States' Plutocracy formed in 1988, the United States' Hellnation formed in 1988, the United States' Capitalist Casualties formed in 1987, Germany's Yacopsae formed in 1990, and the United States' Man Is The Bastard formed in 1990. Bands that play Powerviolence can be found on MMA under both Grindcore and Hardcore, depending on which is closer to the band's sound.

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CAULDRON OF SHIT Mysterious Fortress

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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!

O.L.D. Old Lady Drivers

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While most grindcore that emerged in the 80s was steeped in gore, horror and bad taste, the New Jersey act O.L.D, short for OLD LADY DRIVERS took a completely different approach with its fast-paced din-fest. This band that featured vocalist Alan Dubin and guitarist James Plotkin who together would go on to spawn the killer avant-metal band Khanate began their career as a comedic grindcore band that was designed to parody the early antics of guitarist James Plotkin’s early grindcore / deathcore band Regurgitation and on this debut simply titled OLD LADY DRIVERS, which also included drummer Ralph Pimentel, delivered those very goods before moving on to become one of metal’s strangest psychedelic avant-artists of the 90s.

While O.L.D. wasn’t the only grindcore parody band on the scene (Sore Throat released its D-beat / core hybrid with humorous overtones debut “Unhindered by Talent in 1988), OLD LADY DRIVERS had a deeper sense of sustainability throughout the decades as old school metal has fallen out of favor and bands that were thinking outside of the box and unhindered by commercial aspirations have finally come of age. In many ways O.L.D. was a typical grindcore band of yore with short lightning fast tracks that exhibited unruly distortion and angry anarchic vocal contributions. This album is nothing like the band’s later efforts and features a rather immature but effective take on grindcore though a completely different lens than gory bands such as Carcass.

In a year when bands like Motley Crue, Cinderella, Poison, Ratt and Metallica were ruling the mainstream metal scene, bands like O.L.D. were stirring shit up in the underground and offering gems for future generations (and those hip enough to get this at the time.) The OLD LADY DRIVERS debut by nature exudes a nonchalant fuck it all attitude about the emerging world of extreme metal with ridiculous song titles such as “Total Hag,” “Lepers With Feet,” “Colostomy Grab-Bag” and “Die In Your Beauty Sleep.” While the main sound of this album is totally in the grindcore genre with lightning fast heavily distorted guitar riffing frenzies, the album does throw out a few curve balls such as the JJ. Cale turned Eric Clapton hit remake of the classic rock track “Cocaine.”

This album features 15 tracks with only one track (“Wisdom Lost”) over 4 minutes and most under 2. Heavily distorted and fucking obnoxious as hell, OLD LADY DRIVERS delivered a competent grindcore album in its own right only irreverent from the getgo with non-grind sounds such as acoustic guitar bits, pop-shlop accouterments and ridiculous subject matter. The result is an interesting but eclipsed debut album only because this band managed to craft some extraordinary psychedelic avant-metal albums that followed. This is by no means a throwaway debut unless extreme metal is not your thing. Comedy comes in many flavors and colors and O.L.D. delivered an unexpected example this far on in an extreme metal subgenre not known for its funny bone.

Ounce for ounce, this debut titled OLD LADY DRIVERS delivers that rare opportunity where lovers of extreme metal and comedy can co-exist side by side for slightly over a half hour’s length. Like most grindcore, the lyrics are unintelligible but even the musical nonchalance and deviations from the norm provide enough comedic departure for the staunchest metalheads out there. Granted this is not this band’s finest moment but for a debut release it’s quite interesting and from a retrospect approach probably even innovative for the year it was released. Energetic and ferocious as any hardcore metal band at the time, this band saw the humor that oozed from such extremism and ran with it. There is also a pre-grunge sound here that places this band in the same ballpark as Green River, The Fluid and Skin Yard but in a more extreme way.

WORMROT Hiss

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Like them or not, you have to give Wormrot props for the way they approach a creatively stubborn genre like grindcore. With every release, they expand their sound little-by-little while staying true to their roots, giving them a degree of stylistic freedom while managing not to alienate their core fanbase. However, the opening moments of Hiss were enough to tell me that they were going to take their sound to even darker, stranger places. Instead of storming the gates with fire and brimstone, “The Darkest Burden” introduces the album with murky ambient effects. It sounds as though you’ve been dragged into a deep, damp cave, with the constant fear that something or someone will attack you out of nowhere. It’s as if to say “get comfy", because you’ll be taken to some disturbing, unsettling locales for the next 32 minutes.

As one would expect, the aforementioned “attack out of nowhere” does come, in the form of the rest of the song. Vocalist Arif – who unfortunately departed the band before the album’s release – screams at the top of his lungs, as a barrage of double bass drumming and vicious guitar work helps to set the scene. This pretty much forms the stylistic thesis statement of the record; however, as I stated earlier, there are some interesting tweaks this time around. Of course, as far as experimentation goes, most people’s attention will be focused on the violin parts found on songs such as “Grieve” and the sprawling closer “Glass Shards” – for good reason too, as it’s not often that you hear an instrument like that in grindcore. However, what fascinated me more were the odd bits in which melody would take centerstage. “Your Dystopian Hell” may just be the best example, the combination of frantic blastbeats and melancholic guitar chords being highly reminiscent of All We Love We Leave Behind-era Converge. “Sea of Disease” takes things in an even more jarring direction, adopting a much slower pace and really letting those plaintive guitar lines ring out.

However, this isn’t to say that the band have compromised their trademark sound in the slightest. This shit is absolutely brutal, managing to be just as aggressive and bloodthirsty as the band’s previous efforts. While guitarist Rasyid and drummer Vijesh are excellent at their respective instruments, it’s Arif who steals the show here. The guy can do just about everything you’d hope for from an extreme metal vocalist: the piercing black metal shrieks? Check. Shouting and barking in the vein of traditional hardcore? Check. Stygian gutturals that sound like they came from the pits of hell? Check. I often find that his most effective moments vocally are the ones in which he doubles his highs and lows, such as on “Vicious Circle” and “Spiral Eyes”. Obviously a lot of death metal and deathcore vocalists double up their parts like that, but Arif just makes them sound utterly disgusting. However, as stated earlier, the other guys are no slouch either. Vijesh deserves a special mention, particularly for just how damn fast his drum work is; he might not necessarily be up there with Nile’s George Kolias or Cryptopsy’s Flo Mounier on that front, but damn if he doesn’t come close at times.

If there’s anything about Hiss that does come closer to traditional grindcore, it’s the short-track, short-runtime approach typical of the genre. Most of the songs get in and get out in a minute or two, which is especially effective in regards to the more experimental tracks. You get a nice smorgasbord of sorts: give the listener something cool and unique for a brief snippet, and then move on to the next cool idea. Unfortunately, with the departure of Arif, it seems as though the group’s future is now in the air. Will they continue to push boundaries, or will they revert back to a more straightforward take on their grindcore sound? I suppose only time will tell, but all I know is this: Hiss was one hell of a swansong for Arif to go out on with his time in Wormrot. These guys created a bold, experimental, and inventive record that takes a stagnant genre and turns it on its head, all while never forgetting where they came from in the first place.

PLUTOCRACY Dankstahz

Album · 1994 · Grindcore
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While the San Francisco Bay Area was more famous for its rich thrash metal scene of the 1980s and 90s, the area yielded a great deal of other heavy hitters ranging from the AOR / hard rockers Night Ranger to the Santa Rosa US power metal champs Vicious Rumors however there was a darker underbelly lurking in the shadows as well. While Carcass, Napalm Death, Terrorizer and Repulsion dominated the early years of grindcore, the Bay Area band PLUTOCRACY was more than worthy of cranking out the sickest and filthiest expressions of depravity.

This band was something of a fusion band having tapped not only the primeval stench of grindcore metal but also the powerviolence sector of the punk world. The band only existed from 1988-1993 but later reformed in 1998. The band’s style has been affectionately called “dankcore” which was a mix of grindcore, powerviolence punk, heavy distortion, movie samples, gangsta rap samples and several screaming vocalists shouting tales of everything from police violence to drug references and other crazy shit.

The band actually formed in the wealthy city of Atherton which is considered one of THEEE most expensive places to live in the entire USA so what we have here is a strange brew of brutal suburbia punkcore that will surely please all the grindcore / powerviolence addicts. Like most of this type of bands, PLUTOCRACY released a crapload of EPs and only two albums which were fairly short as full albums go. This debut “full-length” DANKSTAHZ which came out in 1992 was only slightly over 24 minutes long but in its wake leaves a sonic pile of destruction like a nuclear bomb detonated at peak traffic rush hour.

This is metal / punk hybridization at its most raw and giving zero fucks about anything really. Sizzling speedy tempos combined with screaming sessions that surely resulted in puked up esophaguses, PLUTOCRACY mastered the art of combining the most brutal elements of crust punk and nascent grindcore with all those tricks and trinkets that Pig Destroyer would adopt, namely movie samples and other non-metal accoutrements. This is a no fucks left to give sorta release that delivers explosive energetic performances and adds enough extra elements to keep me entertained while the one trick pony show of screaming meets guitar distortion registers on the richter scale. Perhaps not as famous as Metallica but a nice Bay Area accent band fo sho!

BRUTAL TRUTH Need to Control

Album · 1994 · Grindcore
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After the fantastic debut, Brutal Truth return with a follow up that is much less one dimensional, but also less consistent. In opposition to the near constant pure Deathgrind pummeling on the debut, Need to Control features some slower songs, some straight Grindcore, and a decent amount of Noise influence on a few tracks, with some being pure Industrial/Noise.

The opening track is a pretty big surprise from the band, being akin to a Death Doom sound and really slowing down their formula, but it pulls this off rather well. The album continues to flow between their signature Deathgrind and the other influences I mentioned above. One huge issue with this album is that most of the experimentation is not as great as the Deathgrind, and the Deathgrind on this one just doesn’t match up to their debut.

Ultimately, there’s nothing on this I’d rather hear than the debut. The inclusion of other sounds and experimentation might pay off as growth later, but here it’s not fully realized, leaving the album inconsistent.

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