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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ATROCITY Blue Blood

EP · 1989 · Deathgrind
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"Blue Blood" is an EP release by German music artist Atrocity. The EP was released through Nuclear Blast Records in October 1989. It´s the successor to the October 1988 "Instigators" demo and it displays a completely different musical direction from Atrocity. The EP was recorded at Masterplan Studio, Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany, and Atrocity have managed to produce a pretty well sounding release, although it´s of course both raw and savage sounding...just the way it´s suppossed to be.

Having played thrash metal/crossover thrash metal under the Instigator monicker since 1985, the band changed their name to Atrocity shortly before recording the "Instigators" demo, which felt like the death breath of the band´s crossover thrash metal period, because only a year down the line from the demo release Atrocity presents us with this three track, 10:47 minutes long "Blue Blood" EP, which features a brutal, fast-paced, and aggressive deathgrind style which is far removed from the crossover thrash metal style of the preceding demo.

The title track smashes the listener to bits and it´s an incredibly rewarding deathgrind song, but already this early on Atrocity showed that they weren´t content with being labelled just one thing and "When the Fire Burns over the Sea" is an odd experimental track which is closer in style to Swans than it is to contemporary releases by artists like Napalm Death and Terrorizer. "Humans Lost Humanity" opens as a doomy death metal track but about halfway into the track it turns into a hardcore influenced deathgrinding affair.

So over the course of three tracks and 10 minutes playing time Atrocity show the listener quite a few songwriting ideas and musical styles...warning shots fired in terms of the eclectic nature of the subsequent releases and the diverse discography of Atrocity. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Expositionsprophylaxe

Album · 1990 · Grindcore
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One of the early oddities in the world of nascent death metal, the members of Austria’s DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA couldn’t make up their minds if they wanted to form a death metal band or a grindcore one so in the true spirit of intrepid exploration, the original trio of guitarist / vocalist Patrick Kopf, drummer Martin Messer and guitarist Herald Bezdek did both and thus crafted a bizarre hybrid that featured the technical chops of death metal focused through a grindcore lens. With this lineup the band released a couple demos, two more EPs and then hit the road with Austria’s other early death metal noisemakers Pungeant Stench where they got noticed by Nuclear Blast Records. A record deal was scored.

By the time the band got around to its 1990 debut EXPOSITIONSPROPHYLAXE, Bezdek had been replaced by bassist Herwig Zamerik and the band had haunted their homeland with some of the most caustic expressions of grindcore meets death metal rawness that the world had seen up to that point. Also cited as an early example of technical death metal, EXPOSITIONSPROPHYLAXE featured 16 wildly unhinged tracks that was part Morbid Angel and part Napalm Death with guttural growls, guitar squeals and blastbeat frenzies pointing towards the former while pungent short blasts of skanky punk infused riffing kept the core elements in the forefront.

Adventurous theatrical embellishments such as the opening orchestral freakery “Introphylaxe” and the acoustic / synth touches that opened “Accelerated Evolution” showcase a trenchant avant-garde tendency, one that would permeate the band’s following releases. Strange bleed-ins of unrelated musical processions and other surprises pop up even on this more streamlined debut that is somewhat of an anomaly in the band’s original run from 1987-95. With weirdness at bay at least in the extremities found with the jazzier more Atheist inspired albums that followed, EXPOSITIONSPROPHYLAXE delivers a caustic no nonsense noise-fest that showcases a rhythmic raucousness that also offers a rather amusing propensity for surrealism and silliness as evidenced on track titles such as “Disappeared With Hermaphrodite Choirs” and “The Unequalled Visual Response Mechanism.”

As one of the pioneering forces of mutant metal DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA found few receptive ears who were only getting used to the world of extreme metal while these pioneering trailblazers were already taking things to the next level and beyond. While the band would find a more receptive audience with its following albums once the metal universe had inculcated a veritable pool of avant-garde excesses, this debut tends to get overlooked in favor of those more outlandish examples of experimental freakery. While not the band’s peak effort, EXPOSITIONSPROPHYLAXE delivers satisfying energetic death metal meets grindcore performances that offer a consistent flow of deathened distortion with a touch of atonality with technically infused chops along with the random decor of experimentalism.

Overall i find this to be in an interesting debut although perhaps not to the death metal standards that 1990 had to offer but then again this isn’t a purist’s death metal album at all but rather an experimental hybridization of two of metal’s most extreme art forms of the era. What makes this release unique are the uses of subtle syncopation and other time signature deviations from the more established death metal acts of the time. Just enough small weird quirks to suggest this band was all about tackling the strange and wildly unknown that it would fully embrace on its next two albums before disbanding. Although this could be rightfully tagged as deathcore, that style evolved in a completely different direction than what DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA presented on its debut EXPOSITIONSPROPHYLAXE. From what i’ve experienced, this one remains fairly unique and for that it holds a special charm.

LYSERGIC RITES OF SADOPRIEST Stains on the Breeding Altar: 2008​-​2021

Boxset / Compilation · 2022 · Goregrind
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"Stains on the Breeding Altar: 2008​-​2021" is a compilation release by US cyber goregrind act Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest. The compilation was released through Cat Basket Recordings in May 2022. It features the material from the 2009 "Ritually Abused Orifice" EP/demo, the 2010 "Mongoloid Messiah" EP/demo, the 2014 "Rotting Shroud" demo, the 2020 split with Girth, the 2021 split with Blue Holocaust, and the tracks "Phantasmal Piss Conjurations, Pt 1", "Phantasmal Piss Conjurations, Pt 2", and "Phantasmal Piss Conjurations, Pt 3", which to my knowledge are exclusive to this release.

The material from the 2009 "Ritually Abused Orifice" EP/demo and the 2010 "Mongoloid Messiah" EP/demo is pretty similar styled electronic/cyber goregrind. The later material is a bit more raw and noisy and although both the early and the later material are programmed (even the parts which sound like it´s guitars and bass playing) the material from 2014 onwards sounds less electronic/cyber tinged and more brutal and savage goregrind oriented. The many samples of people talking about ritual abuse, rape, and other nasty topics further enhances the feeling that Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest have become nastier and more filthy with the years...and it suits them. To my ears the first seventeen tracks which are culled from the "Ritually Abused Orifice" and the "Mongoloid Messiah" EPs/demos are decent, but the remaining sixteen songs are more intriguing and powerful.

"Stains on the Breeding Altar: 2008​-​2021" is a good quality cyber goregrind release, and a great way to get introduced to the world of Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest. Both their early electronic tinged period and the more brutal and filthy goregrind period which followed. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

LYSERGIC RITES OF SADOPRIEST Ritually Abused Orifice/ Mongoloid Messiah

Boxset / Compilation · 2010 · Grindcore
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"Ritually Abused Orifice/Mongoloid Messiah" is a compilation release by US cyber goregrind act Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest. The compilation was independently released in 2010. It compiles thee material from the 2009 "Ritually Abused Orifice" EP/demo and the 2010 "Mongoloid Messiah" EP/demo.

Seventeen tracks of filthy electronic cyber goregrind. Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest probably isn´t for everybody, but if you enjoy purely programmed goregrind with distorted and effect laden shouting/growling vocals there certainly is some decent music to be found on this compilation. But if you´re interested in listening to Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest I´d recommend purchasing the 2022 "Stains on the Breeding Altar: 2008​-​2021" instead, which features all material from this compilation plus everything else Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest recorded and released in the 2008-2021 period. A 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is warranted.

LYSERGIC RITES OF SADOPRIEST Mongoloid Messiah

EP · 2010 · Grindcore
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"Mongoloid Messiah" is an EP (maybe demo...it´s a bit unclear) release by US cyber goregrind act Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest. The EP/demo was independently released in 2010. It´s the successor to the "Ritually Abused Orifice" EP/demo from 2009. Like the predecessor "Mongoloid Messiah" was mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed...etc.).

Compared to the music style on "Ritually Abused Orifice", the material on "Mongoloid Messiah" have increased the electronic cyber element of Lysergic Rites of Sadopriest´s goregrind style. Everything is programmed (including what occasionally sounds like guitars and bass), and the vocals are distorted shouting/growling.

While this is obviously a one-man band effort created on a computer, there is still something interesting about it and the sound production is pretty decent for this type of release. I could maybe have wished for a more interesting drum programming, but other than that "Mongoloid Messiah" is a pretty interesting cyber goregrind release. A 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is warranted.

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