Let There Be Grind: Bump n’ Grind, Vol. IV

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Twenty-six years ago, a prophet was born. Like many children, he emerged from the womb squealing. But there was something distinctly porcine to his squelching, and the doctors noted a bestial fury in his tiny eyes. The baby developed into a whirlwind of chaos as he aged, proving to his hapless parents than anything and everything could be used as a weapon of sound and violence. In a desperate bid to control the child’s unrestrained fury, they bought him a drum kit. The young man slavishly devoted himself to the art of pummeling his new percussion pieces, finding inspiration in slasher films and animal husbandry. As the boy grew, his feral side grew as well, and the young man channeled his primordial anger into his art. Inevitably, the young man withdrew from society, allowing his hair and beard to grow unkempt as he studied the cosmos in his rhythmic pummeling. However, the time is upon us for his reemergence. From the wilderness our prophet Tyree will come forth and lead the outcasts and dregs of society to the promised land. This is a tribute to our leader behind the skins. When he finally commands us to GRIND, we must all answer the call. Until then, keep your bestial senses sharp with this aromatic offering upon the grind altar.


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Truly, there is no greater praise for a grind band than the approval of the grindprophet Tyree. According to our fearless and peerless guide, Purge are like a “filthier and more pulverizing version of Today Is the Day.” Horrifying pitch-shifted vocals collide with quicksand riffs and torrential drums to create the soundtrack to a putrefying scene of multiple homicide in an offal-clogged drainage system. Sewage is a disgusting and harrowing exercise in grind nastiness, one best witnessed at peak volume and through the safety of a gas mask. You can stream the album over at bandcamp. Be sure to check out the Pennsylvania malcontents’ previous effort Always Faithful too.


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Radiation Vomit are contenders for the rawest and nastiest band on the list. Revolting vocals accentuate the loose, unpredictable song structure employed by these DIY grinders from California, and the whole ten-minute demo has an almost slipshod feel to it. I use the word almost because there’s definitely a lot of talent on display here, but the band play to their strengths and continually feel on the verge of losing control to the grind. This passionate, earnest approach is both endearing and a bit horrifying. Check out their demo on bandcamp and keep your eyes peeled for whatever they do next. Also, that might be the best artwork I’ve seen all year.


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If Purge are the rawest sounding band in this collection, Endless Swarm are definitely the ugliest. Lobotomy finds gratuitous chunks of noise grafted like an oily mechanical limb onto a swollen zombie’s corpse adorned with multiple heads, each belching a profane alien tongue like some demonic human hydra. Swaths of distortion and breakneck shifts in pace offer you no shelter, and by the time that Lobotomy ends, you’ll definitely be praying to be put in a catatonic state. You can pick up Lobotomy for any price over at bandcamp, so be sure to check out the band’s other releases.


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At some point in his sojourn into the wastes, the grindprophet Tyree spoke with the voice of thunder, and the subsequent lightning storm sundered the sky and split the earth. What arose from the shattered crust was a bile spewing wretch hellbent on laying waste to society in order to prepare the way for the grindprophet’s return. Beware the Fiend. Unleashing an unrelenting torrent of hatred and violence, Fiend continue to shake the firmament with their crusty D-beats and lightning blasts. Most surprising about the assault on Derailed, however, is how much groove there is amid the cacophony. If the Fiend isn’t bludgeoning your corpse with killer attack after killer attack, they’re stalking you with a slow, menacing glare. This is surely a frightening beast, so be sure to get on the band’s good side over at bandcamp.


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When the grindprophet returns, many will seek salvation with any panacea they can find. Some may turn to substances, but those who seek the herbs may not like what they find. Enter Connoisseur, a terrifying powerviolence monster housed on the always excellent Tankcrimes record label. Papa Joe and I both think this band brings a compelling blend of smoke and ash to their whirling, shifting assault. The band is both comfortable battering you and stepping back to deliver the “slowest powerviolence [attack] ever.” This is menacing stuff, and I hope your brain isn’t too clogged by resin to miss it. Check out Stoner Justice over on the Tankcrimes bandcamp page.


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As a final warning before the return of the grindprophet, I offer you Semtex Vest. Positive Energy Towards Negative Actions is actually a submission to our humble bowl, but I’m glad we could give these guys some coverage. Positive Energy is easily the most polished grind album featured here today, but it’s shiny in the way that a whirling morning star is shiny. When it hits, it’s still going to crush your skull. Fast, aggressive, crusty, headbanging, and ferocious, this is grind you can feel. The song-writing on display here is about as mature as you’ll find on a grind effort and definitely points to the ambitious and tangible talent this band possesses. For those of you who like your violent anthems to offer a bit more clarity and professionalism, don’t sleep on Semtex Vest. Get the album over at bandcamp.


I will leave you now with the grindprophet’s benediction. Prepare yourselves and…

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(Photo via one of my favorite places on the internet: r/birdswitharms)

  • STAY GRIND! (golden shower not included) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAXxkNaRkp8

  • Hail Tyree, the Prophet ov Grind and Stay and Beer!

  • Stockhausen

    YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE I WILL GRIND. YES TYREE, I WILL GRIND.

    • Stockhausen

      ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER.ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER.ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER.ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER.ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER. ALL CORE AND NO GRIND MAKES JACK A POSER.

      • MoshOff

        I read that as Al Core. Excelsior!!!

      • Except I love grind and don’t listen to core which makes Stockhausen an upvote whore. <3

        • Stockhausen

          Gotta pay the bills, babe.

  • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

    In a veritable onslaught of metaphors and descriptions that made me go “woah, god damn” this might be my favorite out of the bunch.

    “easily the most polished grind album featured here today, but it’s shiny in the way that a whirling morning star is shiny”.

    Will check out a few of these upon my return home from adulthood.

    • Tyree

      This is by far my favorite batch ov bands in the Bump n’ Grind series. Fucking steller!

      • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

        “woah, god damn”

        • Tyree

          That Fiend, Radiation Vomit, and Purge though. Phew! That’s some filthy and crushing greatness.

          • VV.

            The Grindprophet speaks!

          • Tyree

            That Fiend EP fell off my radar so thanks!

          • VV.

            Fiend might be my favorite on this roundup.

          • Tyree

            I think mine as well. Good grief is this EP cooking. That guitar tone is absolutely nasty heavy, the vocals are exactly how I like my vocals to be in grind, and the drumming is skull crushing madness.

          • VV.

            How do you feel about those vocals on Purge?

          • Tyree

            I really like them! They remind me ov Steve Austin’s from Today is the Day. Really harsh and aggressive sounding.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            So far I approve of Purge and Radiation Vomit, currently playing Radiation Vomit. Lol.

          • Tyree

            Radiation Vomit is killer! Good, straight forward raw old school grindcore.

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            Checking out grindcore is easy cause these songs are so short.

          • Tyree

            😉

          • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

            I can listen to three Fiend tracks in like two minutes.

          • Tyree

            Hahaha! Yeah, a punishing 2 minutes. Alright, I’m driving home Ed. Talk to later on brotha.

          • Stockhausen

            I love me some Fiend. I accidentally blasted about 10 seconds of their music in a coffee shop, thinking I was hearing it through my headphones.

          • I bet there were a lot of spilled psls

          • Stockhausen

            Oh, surely. Sensibilities were shattered that day.

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  • Tyree

    Oooooo, Semtex Vest reminds me ov early Rotten Sound. Yes!

    • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

      That name alone sold it! You’ve just resold it to me.

      • Tyree

        Sounds similar to Drain and Murderworks era Rotten Sound.

        • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

          My favorite era currently consists of the “verta ja suolenpätkiä” to “species at war”

          • Tyree

            The newer Rotten Sound is good but the production is way to much sometimes. Especially on Cycles!

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            I must regretfully agree. Ever seen ’em live?

          • Tyree

            I missed them at MDF one year and I torture my self for not seeing them. I could not get a ticket to the one stage that they were playing on.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            Wait what??? Different tickets to different stages?

          • Tyree

            Yeah! Fucking dumb! I had to buy 6 different tickets for next year. It’s ridiculous.

          • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

            I’ve honestly never heard of having to do that before.
            RS is really worth seeing, a beast they are

          • Saw them last year when they came through NYC. They brought da grind!

    • Ikillu

      Fuck yeah, man! Thanks for the good words! I play drums in that queefy band. Semtex Vest that is…

      • Tyree

        Haha! You are not a queefy band at all. Keep grinding man, your band is quality grind sir!

      • VV.

        Hey, thanks for making solid grind!

        • Ikillu

          My pleasure, man! It’s fun for us being a bunch of older fucks who’s musical glory days are far behind us. Touring sucks, record companies suck, we just want to grind!

  • Death

    Hey dudes, we’re not interested in more obscure bands! If they’d be good, they’d be number one on the charts!

    • Tyree

      • Xan

        Juggernaut/10.

      • Mloclam McCoy Nomdnih

        You made my jug jugs bounce. Check it out!

  • IronLawnmower

    I have puny ears. The only grind albums I own are Harmony Corruption and the insect warfare one. WHERE SHOULD I START ADJUSTING MY EARS TO THIS UNRELENTING NOISE?

    • Meehoineyhoin666Riot

      What about all the bands on this post?

      • IronLawnmower

        They make my baby ears hurt and scare me.

        • VV.

          Have you tried Napalm Death’s last album Utilitarian?

          • IronLawnmower

            I liked the song that goes like HEAAAADS TUUURRRN and has a really cool riff.

          • IronLawnmower

            But I’m really enjoying Stoner Justice.

        • Ikillu

          I’m surprised my band would be so abrasive to you. Out of all the bands featured in this article I would think we would be the most entry level.

          I have to say the other bands are a bit “crazier” than SEMTEX VEST and would take a bit to get into. It’s more of an “acquired taste” I’d say. But, for someone like me who’s been listening to grind since the early 90’s, the other featured acts are AWESOME!!! I want to track down some of these bands and share a stage. (We did play the “Dead Festival” with CONNOISSEUR in 2012.)

          ENDLESS SWARM and PURGE are good time grind. RADIATION VOMIT is rad! FIEND makes my fucking nipples so hard that they can cut glass!!! I want to sexually abuse my wife to their music!

    • Nails, son.

      • They are more hardcore, but I still second this.

    • gridlink’s longhena. it’s very grindy but the production is clean as a whistle. it’ll help train your ears.

      • IronLawnmower

        It’s not the production I listen to underground shit it’s just it’s a bit too heavy and aural assaulty for me.

      • Stockhausen

        I was about to suggest that. Excellent detective work, as always.

      • George Clarke

        GC approved

    • Tyree

      Discordance Axis, Wormrot, Rotten Sound, Phobia, Nasum, Gadget, Repulsion, Terrorizer, Brutal Truth, Assück, and Blockheads are just some bands off the top ov my head to start with.

    • You need the following:
      Phobia
      Terrorizer (World Downfall)
      Magrudergrind (S/T album)
      Nasum
      Kill The Client

      That should keep you busy

    • Count_Breznak

      Nasum, duh.

  • A lot to digest here but enjoyin the fuck outta most of this. Radioactive Vomit is impressive.

  • Cockypock Aioli

    Excellent new additions, as always. Well done sirs.

  • J.R.

    I am not big on grind, yet the writing on this site is so good that, for a few minutes, I am big on grind. Thanks Dubs.

    • VV.

      I’m big on you, J.R.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Come to think of it, Tyree does look like a prophet. I’m gonna start saying prayers everytime I’m about to get shitfaced drunk.

  • JamesGrimm
    • Call the Slambulance

      Fuck anyone who doesn’t like Berzerker.

    • VV.

      I freaking love the Berzerker. Wish they would get back together.

  • Call the Slambulance

    This is the best edition yet! Major props, Dubz. All of these bands are fucking monstrous.

    • VV.

      Thank you, sir!

  • Call the Slambulance

    Dumb and Dumber seems to be a really common movie to sample. I approve.

  • George Clarke

    yeeeeee