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.

Sub-genre collaborators (+ child sub-genres):
  • Vim Fuego (leader)

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METH LEPPARD Woke

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Grindcore has become the new Comedy Central in the metal world because the core metal bands keep ramping up the hilarious factor several notches. Here’s a great one! Coming from Adelaide, Australia is the noisy as fuck duo of Cheese on vocals and guitar along with Kienen Murray on drums. Together they are METH LEPPARD and while this album may cause you some “hysteria” and drive you to commit “pyromania,” one thing is for sure, you will remain “high ’n’ dry’ because all that fucking METH keeps you from sleeping so you are sooooo WOKE!

This band has been around since 2015 and has released a bunch of splits but WOKE is the first official release that in grindcore tradition takes 16 short but highly bombastic tracks and keeps the album’s run at just over 17 minutes. This is metal at its most primeval anxiety release with extraordinary distorted guitar riffs chugging away and blastbeats fucking pummeling up a storm. Cheese sounds like an angry demon pissed off cuz hell was taken over by politicians and the rhythms are basically chugga chug and i love the alternating guitar effects.

It’s hard to take this too seriously as the tracks tend to sound similar but some of the titles are cool like “Kangaroo Court” and “Thrash Sucks!” This is definitely grindcore 101 since this is just pure spastic rage spewing out at a million miles per second with an incessant flow of gruntcore growling away! There is no bass! There are no keyboards! No sound effects! Just two guys, a guitar (or two) and some drums making as much noise as humanly possible as if there is some sort of deadline to crank these tracks out. OK, you’re certainly not going to play this at your wedding or your gramma’s funeral but WTF it’s a fun little romp into the mucky mocking world of METH LEPPARD where “Pour Some Sugar On Me” takes on a whole new meaning. G’day, mate!

BLOOD FREAK Live Fast, Die Young... And Leave a Flesh Eating Corpse!

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"Live Fast, Die Young... and Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse!" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US deathgrind act Blood Freak. The album was released through Razorback Records in May 2006. It´s the successor to "Sleaze Merchants" from 2003. Blood Freak is a one-man act consisting of "Maniac" Neil Smith, who performs all vocals and instruments on the album.

Stylistically the music on the album is goregrind with death, thrash, and doom metal elements. It´s old school to the bone and Smith even mentions that no drum triggers or drum sequencer were used for the recording of the album. So "Live Fast, Die Young... and Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse!" naturally features a raw and organic sounding production. It´s a professionally produced release though, and the sound is perfect for the material.

The album features 23 tracks and a full playing time og 67:30 minutes. "Right on!" which closes the album is 23:55 minutes long and consists mostly of silence, so ultimately the album is "only" about 43 minutes long if you disregard the silence. The remaining tracks on "Live Fast, Die Young... and Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse!" are all between 1 and 3 minutes long, except the 4:14 minutes long "The Nameless Stench of Forgotten Celluloid", which is the longest track featured on the album. So in that respect this is a pretty standard goregrind release.

"Live Fast, Die Young... and Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse!" is a bit different from your standard fare goregrind release though, because Smith so cleverly incorporates death, thrash, and doom metal elements to the (early) Carcass influenced goregrind that is the basis of the music, which means the tracks are often a bit more varied, catchy, and memorable than what is usual for the genre. The use of samples from horror movies also work really well. The samples are predominantly placed between tracks working as seques, but occasionally also appear within tracks. The vocals on the album vary between a phlegm induced guttural growling, and a higher pitched aggressive snarl. The Carcass influence is clearly audible there.

Upon conclusion "Live Fast, Die Young... and Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse!" is a high quality goregrind release and a great continuation of the musical direction which was initiated on the project´s debut full-length studio album "Sleaze Merchants (2003)". Lyrically (if you haven´t already guessed it from the album title) we´re dealing with gore/horror themes of the campy type. Song titles like "Gobble Up Your Guts Part 2: Revenge of the Turkey Monster", "Mucouspewing Lungslasher", and "The Screamatorium Drive-in", should give you a good idea of what to expect. A good combination of the vile and the hilariously funny. It´s all done with the right amount of authenticity and high quality songwriting skill, and all things considered a 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

COCK AND BALL TORTURE Sadochismo

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With a band name like Cock and Ball Torture, you know you’re not going to get high art, but you can reasonably expect something extreme and nasty. “Sadochismo” is extreme and nasty, but not how you’d normally expect.

The opening track is called “Where Girls Learn To Piss On Command”. Right, nasty enough sounding so far. The first riff has something of a steady groove, and feels like it’s preparing to burst into something heavier and faster. Waiting... there’s the cum-gargling vocals. Can’t understand a thing because they are pitch-shifted to monstrous levels. Waiting... yes, there’s the double time section, and here comes the blast beat... waiting... waiting... more double time, surely it’s time for the blast beat... waiting. And that’s the end of the song. What?

OK, second track “Heterosexual Testosterone Compressor”, here we go. Ominous riff, feels like it’s building to something. There’s the horny grumbling crocodile vocals again. Oh good, a double time section… and an impending bla... nope, slowed down again. Ooh, a massive breakdown. Surely it’s time for a blast beat. Waiting... OK, double time, yes, yes, yes... no, no, no... hmm... finished again without the orgasmic release of a blast beat.

In the world of modern home-made porn, this is known as edging, or prick teasing in the old days. The victim is aroused to the edge of climax, and then... stimulation is withdrawn and they deflate again, as it were. The delicious torment continues, building to a massive, gushing, shuddering release of pleasure and ecstasy... but it never arrives. Nope. This entire mostly mid-paced album is without blastbeats!

There are other sorts of extremity on show though. “Instant Onanizer” is the most unsettling track here. Have you ever seen a Japanese porno? If not, don’t go out searching for it online. Let’s just say that female participants do not enjoy these movies. So of course, these sickos have a sample from such a flick (no, it’s not a fucking snuff movie. Even perverts have standards!). Domination and humiliation are the main objective here. You’ll either be disgusted or aroused, or disgusted that you’re aroused. And then there’s a few seconds of music.

None of this album is a comfortable listen in any way, but at the same time is somewhat hypnotic. The three-piece band do hit massive grooves, and it’s speaker-wreckingly heavy at times. The song titles are amusingly filthy – “Kamikaze Incest”, “Aphrodisianus” or “Cellulite Convoy” anyone? And the lyrics are probably along a similar line, but who the fuck can tell? Pornogrind’s most extreme element is also it’s weakest – the vocals. Yes, the voice is another instrument, and is as distorted as the other instruments, but that also renders it a bit useless to convey anything other than sound shapes. This is the reason John Tardy originally didn’t have set lyrics to Obituary’s songs. He wanted to make the right noises for the songs, and the words didn’t matter. Unfortunately, Sascha’s sicko gurgling don’t compare to Tardy in the slightest. Oh well, at least it sounds extreme as fuck.

The other problem with playing heavy and extreme is that there’s little variety in the songs. True, it’s a pretty good initial sound, but there’s little to differentiate between “Enema Bulldozer” and “G-spot Gigolo” (couldn’t resist another couple of song titles!). There’s not even a lot of variation in tempo.

In the end, this album leaves you with a case of grindcore blue balls (or the equivalent organ, whatever your gender orientation). It teases, titillates, and tortures, but ultimately doesn’t deliver.

SLAUGHTERBOX The Ubiquity of Subjugation

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SLAUGHTERBOX is an extreme metal band that began in the year 2000 in Red Bluff, CA but has since relocated to the Sacramento area. Although the band has technically been together for 20 years it has so far only released one EP titled THE UBIQUITY OF SUBJUGATION which came out in 2011. The lineup on this monstrous burst of sonic chaos is only 19 minutes and 21 seconds with the lineup of Pete Chavez (drums, vocals), Matt Thompson (guitar), Hal Rotter (guitar) and Johnny Bourdon (bass, vocals).

This band plays an excessively brutal form of technical deathgrind with incessantly fast tempos and unrelenting bombastic pomp. The tracks are short and to the point with only one exceeding the three minute mark but in the fiery wake of one listen of this cacophonous din it is quite the enervating experience. SLAUGHTERBOX not only excels at delivering some of the most demanding brutality at breakneck speeds but also engages in some seriously technical workouts much like the mathcore giants Psyopus and Behold… The Arctopus although the music is more focused on following a deathgrind blueprint.

Despite the excessive angst with pig squeals and screaming at the top of the lungs vocal antics, there are occasional clean jazzy guitar segments that only last a short time but offer a surprisingly contrast but the technical wizardry of the album is of very high quality and the musicianship is really about as good as it gets as far as extreme technical wankery is involved. This is literally extreme on every level like a suffocating cloud of sarin gas thrown into a subway. There is no escape from the relentless banter except the few jagged jazzy interludes.

This stuff is as brutal, chaotic and crazy as it gets and considered some of the most technical wankery that can be found. This style of metal will only attract the most insane amongst us but if you’re into Brain Drill, Rings of Saturn, Viraemia or Cytotoxin then SLAUGHTERBOX is your demented deliciousness in full decibelage only this band adds a lot of progressive touches and jazz-metal underpinnings that many similar bands lack and to top it off plays at some of the most frenetic dizzying speeds humanly possible assuming of course these are mere humans playing this shit. Impressive to say the least.

CATTLE DECAPITATION Human Jerky

EP · 1999 · Grindcore
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"Human Jerky" is an EP release by US, San Diego, California based grindcore/death metal act Cattle Decapitation. The EP was released through Satan's Pimp/Three One G Records in 1999. The band released the "Ten Torments of the Damned" demo in 1997, but "Human Jerky" is their first label release, predating their 2000 debut full-length studio album "Homovore".

Stylistically the 18 tracks on the 18:49 minutes long EP are pretty raw and noisy grindcore with politically charged and gory animal rights/anti-human lyrics. The vocals are rather extreme though and often multible extreme vocal styles are utilized at the same time in a layered fashion, which makes the vocal department of the music even more unintelligible. The quality of the material is decent but it´s not the type of release where you´re able to remember much about the tracks after it has finished playing.

The sound production is raw and unpolished, but still clearly professional. The musicianship is solid too, and all in all "Human Jerky" is a decent first label release by Cattle Decapitation. Judging by this release I wouldn´t exactly have guessed future greatness, but it´s a relatively good quality release and a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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