McNultyGrinder: Three Bands You Should Know

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One Baltimore detective’s entry points into the genre.

When I started my foray into heavy metal (as a sophomore in high school), I was exposed to gateway bands like Soulfly, Nine Inch Nails, and Korn. Being born in the miserable year of 1981, I didn’t have the advantage of metal parents who listened to bands like Thin Lizzy or Rush. My folks had records of bands like The Eagles, Tom Petty, and Diana Ross (hold on a second, kick-ass!). No, I went from nu-metal -> industrial -> Meshuggah -> to death metal and beyond. But whilst investigating new music on the Internet, I realized that I couldn’t stand music from bands that everyone raves about. I just couldn’t get into grind mainstays like Napalm Death, Mumakil, or Wormrot. I recognized that there were three main hurdles that grind presented that I needed to enjoy the music: decent production, discernible riffs, and songwriting. Fortunately, I found what I needed from these three bands.

1. Production (Gridlink)

This band should be no surprise to any readers of the toilet; their swansong Longhena made many a TovH top 10 list of 2014. I have a Google+ friend in Australia who claims that this band ISN’T grindcore and for that I can’t fault him, because the lines are in a comfortably grey zone; but this is certainly grindcore. The songs are very short and the riffs don’t last more than a few seconds. In my buddy’s defense, the production is so sterile that you could eat sushi off of it… but does this negate its categorization as grindcore? Only Tyree from Scab can tell. But until somebody chimes in, I say YES it is superb grindcore as the razor-sharp riffs will slice a malandro’s neck clean-through like a knife through chicken McNuggets. Take for example one of their best songs (and believe me several songs matched this criteria):

 

2. Discernible riffs (Squash Bowels)

Though I know it’s not their first album, my initial exposure to this band was their stellar 2013 release Grindcoholism: an album that held my hand and helped me get into heavier stuff because of the clearly audible and discern-able guitar riffs. I want to make one point especially clear: grindcore is definitely a sub-genre of metal focused on guitar riffs, similar to thrash; but to the untrained ear it might come across as noise (as it did me in my early years). I feel it’s my duty to help those who cannot yet hear those riffs by highlighting a band that places great importance on them. Let’s also discuss a young McNulty’s concern of the lack guitar solos in grind, so here we highlight how Squash Bowels didn’t abide by this generality! Check out the title track of Grindcoholism here:

3. Songwriting (Absvrdist)

This band released my favorite grindcore album of all time with 2012’s Illusory. One visit to the band’s Encylopedia Metallum entry and you’ll find ex-members of bands such as The Faceless, Erzebet, Crumbling Mirth, and In Asunder.

Absvrdist makes a definite point in each song to tell a story; yet the album viewed as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Half of the songs exceed the two-minute mark, and in doing so they are allowed a marginally longer time to expand upon the ideas presented. Most grindcore bands will have a set goal in mind and achieve it in a time-frame between 10 and 90 seconds; but Absvrdist gives just enough time for each song to breathe, maybe introduce a bridge mid-way through but return to the initial riff for the final movement of the song. I chose to include the one-two punch of “Amongst Humans”, which starts out slowly and builds up to speed, followed by the breakneck title track “Illusory”. These songs serve as the ultimate example of quality musical composition contained within the album, as there’s a good variety of different riffs but each track is still a vessel of self-contained ideas.

I hope I’ve granted you a few entry points into one of the more difficult genres of heavy metal to absorb.  Also please keep in mind these bands aren’t the only ones who meet the three qualifications I set forth, just great examples that worked for me. I want you to sound off in the comments section which bands eased you into Grindcore!  Or if you’re cooler than me* just go ahead and let us know your favorite grind bands that you liked right off the bat.

*Odds are in favor that you are.

Listen to Gridlink’s LonghennaSquash Bowel’s Grindcoholism, and finally Absvrdist’s Illusory at their respective Bandcamp pages.

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  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS
  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Gridlink is grindcore.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Just like Imperial Triumphant is black metal 😉

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        It’s not the same at all, lol

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Shh, no tears. Only dreams now.

          • Based Pingu

            You two are always fighting.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            haha

            Gridlink is a grindcore band though. I’ve seen some people call them technical grindcore, fine I guess, but they certainly aren’t anything else.

            Abyssal Gods isn’t really a black metal album. It’s flame, just not really black metal. Even “Krokodil”, the track everyone held up as proof they were still making or were ever making black metal, was only kinda black metal. Otherwise it was dissonant death. Shit, listen to “Dead Heaven”.

    • Vote for Jeb

      Man, I know y’all all liked Longhena, but for some reason it just never clicked with me.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Fair enough. I’m sure you’ve liked a couple records this year that didn’t register to me, but with me versus our group that’s been happening more and more lately. Records come out, and everyone is like oh my god this record, and I’m like meh. Not that they’re bad, just that often times they don’t click and I don’t care to keep following up with them.

        Exception: new Krallice. Ballin’

        • Not exactly new phenomenon. See: The Flush Prevails

        • Vote for Jeb

          Yup. It happens. See: my feelings on new Cattle Decap.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Shit, I need to listen to that again. Liked it after cursory listens but then I kept listening to Scar Sighted over and over, lol

            Need to revisit Deafheaven too. What are your thoughts on that? I was bored. Everyone said it was so different than Sunbather but by the end it felt the same to me.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Based on only one listen, it didn’t grip me the way Sunbather did. I wouldn’t say they sound the same; in fact I think the riffs are stronger on New Bermuda. However, there was an ethereal quality that made Sunbather more pleasing to my ears that, at least on first listen, seems missing from New Bermuda.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Sannhet’s Revisionist was pretty weak and everyone flipped for that. Known Flood was tight. I got a Sannhet tee before that album came out, and it was the best part of the album.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            By the end of New Bermuda it seemed like they were doing the alternating shimmering guitars with heavier music, plus it was very late at night. Lol

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    • Lacertilian

      Let it be known that I was not the Australian mentioned in the article.

  • Try a 10 minute grind song. I’d call this a grind masterpiece. Get past the 40 second zany intro and be annihilated for 10 minutes. This is a one man project hailing from Norway.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbUeyw1ig98

    • Vote for Jeb

      Dude, i remember talking this with you on MS back in the day. I think we were swapping weird grind bands.

      • Ha! I think I remember that dude. I can’t recommend this dudes band enough. Just realized he has a bandcamp page now too. All his releases are up.

        https://sodomi.bandcamp.com/

        • Count_Breznak

          I think I posted his other band’s 2015 release a couple of times, planetarisk sudoku, still on #1 of my list for this year so far.

  • Thanks for the band drop duder.

    S: Sloppy
    C: Crap
    A: At
    B: Best

    • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

      The drums are completely horrid especially.

        • Óðinn

          Is it really necessary to have pictures of nude men in the comments section? I’m at work. I don’t want people to think I ogle hairless men.

          • Valid point.

          • Óðinn

            Thanks Tyree. I’m just joking. I don’t actually care.

            Although, it is interesting to note that those ads are of a sexual nature. They are actually aimed at women, to get them to buy Old Spice products for their boyfriends and husbands. An interesting strategy, since any man younger than 60 would never buy Old Spice for himself.

          • BobLoblaw

            Im a faithful old spice buyer, maybe its nostalgia or maybe this got me.
            https://youtu.be/yZ15vCGuvH0

          • Óðinn

            Maybe Bob. My comment was a bit hyperbolic. But Old Spice did (or maybe still does) have the connotation as a brand for old men. Those shirtless men ads were specifically targeted to change that image and to get women to start buying Old Spice for their boyfriends and husbands. It looks like they’ve been successful.

          • BobLoblaw

            The inordinate amount of Terry Crewes commercials they did must have been targeted at the insane then.

          • Óðinn

            Perhaps. Maybe they are going after the muscular and institutionalized market. 😉

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I’m not sure who is less funny and tries harder now: Kevin Hart or Terry Crewes. Kevin was never funny imo where Terry was funny but is now way too over the top its no longer funny. They both try so hard its uncomfortable to watch…

          • BobLoblaw

            Hart was never funny. The old spice commercials are old and i was unaware Terry Crewes was ever trying to be a comedian.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Yea Terry has two shows on TV both comedy related. The cop show is funny because he cant go over the top….he hosted another show recently thats hard to watch he is so over the top.

          • BobLoblaw

            Seems like more of a qualm with the writers than the actor.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            valid point!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I’m also an Old Spice guy.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Saturday I like to splash on some spice after shaving the cranium. I now associate the smell with relaxation…

            o and I am an old (spice) man.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            sheeeeeet

        • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

          Old Spice: Now a GIF generator.

  • Based Pingu

    I think Brutal Truth was the first grind band I heard and the first one I got into. Their debut album fucking blew me back.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mUgrImxCtTs

    • xengineofdeathx

      Still my favorite grind band. Birth of ignorance fucking kills.

  • BobLoblaw
    • Óðinn

      Haha. I just noticed that your avatar is Chachi. Nice.

      • BobLoblaw

        No. Its Bob Loblaw. 🙂

        • Óðinn

          Okay.

          • BobLoblaw

            He played that character in Arrested Development. Wasnt being douchey.

          • Óðinn

            I see. I didn’t watch that show. Didn’t get the reference. My mistake.

          • Lacertilian

            Bob Loblaw: He lobs law bombs.

          • Óðinn

            I’m actually pretty sure the use of the name “Bob Loblaw” as a comedic device predates Arrested Development as well.

          • Lacertilian

            Wouldn’t surprise me really, some abstract form of onomatopoeia at play.

          • BobLoblaw

            Its sheer brilliance either way.

  • Vote for Jeb

    Pretty sure Prowler in the Yard was the first grind album I heard, and I was sold right away. If my memory is off, though, it was probably early Napalm Death.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decap, FTF, and newly Maruta are the only grnd bands that i ever got real down w

      • xengineofdeathx

        Can’t tecommend nasum-Helvete and the first brutal truth album enough if you haven’t spent time with those.

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          I honestly havent, and perhaps i will.

          Im used to be a big death guy, i evolved to a dragonfucker/treesnshit hipster

          • xengineofdeathx
          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Mmmmm, 5 seconds in and i want to turn it off

          • xengineofdeathx

            Guess you’re not a grind fan it’s cool

          • He likes power metal. Prob best to just ignore “those people”.

          • xengineofdeathx

            What else are you gonna wear spandex and eat turkey legs to?! Power metal is a’ight once in a while.

    • Man, that’s a tough one. I think I got into grind early in high school. I remember just going down the Relapse roster and going through bands like Regurgitate, Nasum, Hemdale, ect.

  • I’m one of the few lucky souls that grind clicked with right away. Scott Burns produced the classic Terrorizer album World Downfall. Highly recommend that.
    http://youtu.be/kR6kTPJ80jU

    • I can honestly say that Terrorizer is one of my favorite grind bands if not my favorite. The fact that this album was not as punk (And still is to this day) as other grind bands at the time is awesome. It’s so much more death metal sounding (Death-Grind). Scott Burns production only helps that too. Scott Burns does not do much for me when it comes to production but this album is an exception. Great album!!!

      • Burns didn’t set knobs to Florida Death Metal on this one. Sounds different than most of his other recordings.

        • It’s rawer too which is a big plus.

    • Organic drrums!

  • BobLoblaw

    Always been a favorite since i saw them at mdf.
    https://youtu.be/SXUBY64Kj1g

    • Vote for Jeb

      Ha, this album has P.I.M.P. on it.

  • Maik Beninton™

    My first experience with grind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIRUzqHTNh8

    • Have you checked their last one? It’s not grind, but it’s an interesting record.

      • Maik Beninton™

        I did, why is it not grind?

        • I don’t know, to me is more death metal. I don’t know how to explain it, it doesn’t move me in the way grind does.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Hard to say where I entered the grind and Grind entered me. I guess bands like Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Nasum and Brewtal Truf had songs and even albums (or EP’s) I dug but I don’t think grind as a whole clicked before Rotten Sound’s Exit. That album is, as they say, Siqqnasty.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Or Inalienable Dreamless. It was an album I had to force down my throat many times, but boy am I glad I did.

      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mINKK1Hpm3c

      • That album is a classic.

      • Dave Witte at his finest.

      • Mvthvr Shvbvbv 8

        THE FUCK IS THIS. WEEBGRIND?

        • Jon Chang is a total fucking weeb. I can’t deny that the dude has an ear for incredible grindcore though. Dude is just a total nerd when it comes to Japanese weeb.

          • Mvthvr Shvbvbv 8

            There’s being a total weeb, then’s there is liking a few Japanese bands/animes/mangas. As long as he isn’t running around with a body pillow yelling “DESU”, I can live with it. I think would regardless since, you know, the whole Discordance Axis thing. lol

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Yes. Gridlink too.

          • Based Pingu

            Weeblink.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            With songs that good they could all weeb and I wouldn’t care.

    • Trying to play fast blast beats well in high school and struggling big time with it. Listening to this and Muderworks made me want to kill my self.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I probably listen to the least grind of any extreme metal subgenres. For every band that thrill me with punk fury or arouse me with stench I seem to find a whole bunch of uninspiration. I’m really liking the sound of Gridlink though.

  • This is the first year in which I’m enjoying more some Grind, mostly on the crusty side, nomnomnom.

    Thanks for the recommendations, Macñulti. Today I’m up for some stuff like this.

  • First grind band I ever got super down on.
    (Shame on you, Jack Bauer)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MesXsD39b5E

    • Classic. I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a grind fan that said they hated this band/album.

      EDIT: They should stick their face in a pot of boiling oil if they do say it sucks though.

    • I didn’t like this initially but I’ve grown to love it.

      • I though I was going to have to boil some oil there for a bit.

        • Albums that grow on me end up being some of the best ones. This is one of those.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Jack Bauer, RIP

  • sweetooth0

    First “grind” album I heard was Inside the Torn Apart by Napalm Death, although frankly it isn’t grind at all other than maybe one track since that is when they were in their death metal phase. I think it was probably the old classic Earache roster that really got me into the style along with the Relapse roster with stuff like Nasum, Pig Destroyer and Regurgitate.

    • sweetooth0

      admittedly, it took me a while to really get into the old Napalm Stuff as I initially preferred the Barney albums.

    • I got into a lot more of the crustier and gorier grind shit.

      • sweetooth0

        yeah, once I started reading Braindead webzine it was pretty much straight filthy goregrind for me for a few years. Dead Infection, old Squash Bowels, Gut, Last Days of Humanity, Regurgitate, Lymphatic Phlegm, etc

  • BobLoblaw

    Gotta love Assuck.
    https://youtu.be/uG6e26u-xv0

    • YES!

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Quite surprisingly, this band does actually not suck ass.

    • BobLoblaw

      Even with an apparently (on my phone at least) broken link love is shown. Good stuff.

    • This live performance is rad.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-hbc0irbJM

      • BobLoblaw

        Absolutely.

      • Lacertilian

        I think you posted this a while back, clicked out of curiousity and ended up watching the whole thing. Glad people had handy-cams out in those days before mobile phones became a staple at shows.

        • Yeah, I did post this. So damn good.

          • Lacertilian

            Some crazy facial expressions throughout.

  • Check Priapus if you like the Absvrdist stuff. Sounds a lot like Pig Destroyer/Maruta and it’s rifftastic.
    http://youtu.be/dsbD8YC9YmY

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      I went to school with these guys

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General
    • Maik Beninton™

      You’ve been a lot like that.

      • Based Pingu

        KJM no longer goes into the bush, he has become the bush.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      I feel the same. lets burn one, kj

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        Way ahead of ya, just chillin’ and waiting for the weekend to get here so it can be Roxi time.

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          The old lady is currently expounding on my liquor consumption, not the time for another weekend bender in the mountains

  • Another fucking underrated grind album from Spain.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2shNVZYcuvQ

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      I liked the intro better than the song

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Killer stuff. First time hearing. Bass rumble is awesome.

  • CHECK OUT BRAINDEADZINE BLOG.

    If you want to do some digging for nasty grind this is the place to do so. There is some cool horror film shit on here too. Pierre de Palmas runs it and he is a total badass. SUPPORT THE MAN!

    http://braindeadzine.net/

  • BobLoblaw

    Cant say youre into grind if you dont know them.
    https://youtu.be/7brQTncVM6E

    • I first heard these guys on that Slimewave compilation years back.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk9oAOp9ZEg

      • BobLoblaw

        They have tons of material but same as !t.o.o.h! They arent as well known because the lyrics are in a native tongue. Two mind numbingly overlooked bands.

    • xengineofdeathx

      Holy shit this brings me back to higshcool.

  • Waynecro

    Awesome article, dude. Thanks! I think Nasum was probably the first grind band I got really into. I started getting into stuff like early Carcass, Regurgitate, Anal Cunt, Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed after that.

    • xengineofdeathx

      I was so bummed when Miezko died.

      • Waynecro

        That shit came out of nowhere, too. Truly a pity.

  • Macñulti listened to Soulfly huehuehuehuehue.

    • BobLoblaw

      Soulfly was the Carlos Santana of its genre.

    • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

      Have you seen the changes to last.fm elfbro?

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Fricken again!?

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Very poor move this time, beargod. My old lady swore it off

      • Maik Beninton™

        What did it change?

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Theres no more compatibility bar, ads, blah blah blah

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      #JumpDaFuckUp

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    On a serious note, i hope everyone of us along the eastern seaboard here are prepared. being in the mountains, were only in danger of flooding, but beware the hurricunt

    • BobLoblaw

      I work on a long distance train, im hoping our tracks are flooded out.

      • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

        They are saying >10 in of rain. Sry california

        • KJM, Doom Hunter General

          I know, right? Doesn’t seem like Boston will get hit that badly.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Its been raining for almost a week straight. Yeah we had a dry month, though 10in of rain in a weekend is going to wreck things. I probably wont get shit done at work because of this

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            We did get hit bad today, though. There were t-storms all morning.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            It has literally been raining since last thursday. We had a 7″ deficit that has been cut in half in 1 week. We dont need 10in more. It drowns crops, not keep them alive.

            It did the same last year and our winter snowfall was paltry.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Our rain shortage will be made up in about a week I’m guessing.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Nuff said, if you can pinpoint where i live

            http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/pcpn/us_precip.gif

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            As much as I can’t stand Winter, I don’t think I would enjoy living in the Southwest.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            I live in the little purple blue dot in the SE. We generally have a comparable climate to the pacific nw

  • xengineofdeathx

    Love me some gridlink. John Chang’s vocals… I would recommend engorged too, fun horror themed grind/thrash https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL61-LUkXR8pd0l1z4XWV6AKUiVTvpBwJ_&params=OAFIAVgC&v=3bgRegSxOLE&mode=NORMAL

    • These guys rule. Got to see them live this year to for the first time.

      • xengineofdeathx

        Didn’t know they were still together. That’s fucking great news man. Would love to see them.

        • They played at MDF.

        • sweetooth0

          MDF! Never ever thought I’d get to see them. Figured they went the way of all of the death/grind/thrash bands of that particular era of Razorback records, so I was super excited to see them and they didn’t disappoint. Now if we could get a reunion show for Lord Gore or Frightmare at a future fest we’d be cookin with gas!

          • Scrimm

            I would too. Especially Frightmare

          • sweetooth0
          • Scrimm

            They were supposed to play a fest out here in 06 I think it was but cancelled

          • Fuck yes, what happened to this band?

          • Scrimm

            Neil is an asshole(from what I’ve heard) and the fact that he’s about half the size he used to be and the way he acted when I saw lord gore lead me to believe there was probably heavy drug use. Last I heard Gurge(guitar and some vocals moved to Alaska.

          • sweetooth0

            I think basically all of the bands Maniac Neil used to be in sorta folded and he began exclusively focusing on Blood Freak. Could’ve been Razorback sorta pimped them as the ultimate of the Maniac Neil bands. Not too sure. I think guys in Frightmare were in Ghoul or Impaled also. I think Neil’s starting to do more bands again, he’s got a new one coming out called Smut, I think we exchanged some messages with them on facebook a while back. Filthy, Repulsion style death/gore/grind

      • Scrimm

        They were great when I saw them. One of the finniest things I’ve ever seen happen to a musician on stage.

    • Scrimm

      Fucking bastards still not releasing the new album theyve been promising for almost ten years.I loved Where Monsters Dwell.

  • Vote for Jeb

    Cretin probably dropped my favorite grind album last year.

  • ShootNationBB

    Gridlink is fucking amazing

  • xengineofdeathx

    Remember circle of dead children? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mjlW3xQaNbU

    • BobLoblaw

      That was my next post. Their drummer Matt was a beast.

      • xengineofdeathx

        Nasty vokills too.

        • BobLoblaw

          Didnt know he did vocals, played a show with him and some other dudes in Binghampton when he was drumming for Excoriation i think. Helped him not get hit by a hammer from some piece of shit after the show.

    • Ayyy, Pennsylvania death grinders.

      • Vote for Jeb

        I think i downloaded a few of their albums around the same time that I got Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire.

        • They are sort of similar so that makes sense. Both really downtuned crushing grind.

    • Poopypanty’s Hulk Poop Salsa

      I talked to the singer about an interview waaaaaaaaaay back when (around 2004 or so), but he was busy with trying to get his life back together. I gotta give their stuff another listen after all these years.

  • xengineofdeathx

    Early ion dissonance was crushing too https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t0VcEo3l9fI

  • xengineofdeathx
  • BobLoblaw
  • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

    Nine Inch Nails is great Jimmy. Don’t put them with Soulfly.

    • Based Pingu

      Nine Inch Nail is NOT great.

      • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

        W disagrees with you.

        • Based Pingu

          He’s wrong.

          • Vote for Jeb

            No I’m not.

  • sweetooth0

    One of the all time grindcore (goregrind) greats. A total classick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-3Cwj34jVE

  • Brouroboris

    I was dipping my toe in with napalm death and pig destroyer for ages but it was agoraphobic nosebleed that made grind finally click for me.

  • Poopypanty’s Hulk Poop Salsa

    Gah, I remember that Gridlink CD. Judging by the cover, I was expecting an electro-industrial CD, and instead got a very middle of the road grindcore CD (grindcore rarely tickles my jimmies in the first place).

  • Óðinn
  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    McNulty RULEZ!

  • Guppusmaximus

    Well, if you’re taking the actual Punk influence into account then the first part of your criteria is somewhat inaccurate. True “Punk” wasn’t necessarily concerned with production values as the community had a DIY mentality but if you were good at engineering audio and didn’t work for a major label then you were sought after. My point is, imho, that true Grindcore might not have to be poorly recorded but that the signature traits are those from Crust: Screeching vocals,d-beats, down-strokes with semi-distortion along with easily perceptible bass lines, however, with Grind adding heaviness, speed & distorted bass.To me, sterile production removes the signature sound and takes away the soul of grind. Just my .02

  • I have so much to say about grind and so many bands to suggest. I think i’ll write a grind song about it instead.

    annnnnd done