Remain on the Pipeline with Goreshack’s Surf-infused Deathgrind

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In light of Joey’s plug for the excellent speed surf collab between Davie Allan & Joel Grind, I decided to write about this relatively unknown gem I found back in 2013. For fans of death metal, grindcore, surf and Troma films, I present Goreshack‘s Surf.Mosh.Kill.

Just a quick glance at the band’s bandcamp page and you realize this is an album that pays homage to a lot of classics, while having its own unique twist. Gory and cartoonish artwork? Check. Silly samples? Check. Classy song titles such as “Big Tits & Zombie Flicks” or “The Curse of Brosferatu”? Check. The twist in question is the surf, bro. Like, lots of it. From the theme to the guitar work, the surf is just everywhere.

A good thing, obviously, as it brings along with the sea breeze a sense of fun to the death and grind assault. The death side is primarily groovy and riff-based, while the grind part boasts a punk energy akin to the genre’s beginnings. This LP won’t change your life but it is still a joy to listen to. I find myself coming back to it a lot more than I anticipated.

If you like what you hear, be sure to check Goreshack’s previous release on Bandcamp and give them a like on Facebook. The band is releasing an EP soon, and are (maybe) still in need of someone to do their artwork.

With a few tweaks to production and growth in songwriting, great things can be done fusing deathgrind and surf rock. I look forward to their upcoming release. After pressing play, you will too.

 

  • This is pretty rad. Reminds me of Frightmare and early Ghoul and Exhumed. Symphonies of Sickness worship is always ok in my shit book. Hail Gore!

    http://i.giphy.com/YZ7DFlaVAUhP2.gif

    • Owlswald

      god damn you for that gif.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Symphonies of Sickness is such an underrated album. It’s a shame most ‘carcass fans’ do nothing but wank over the borefest that is heartwork.

      • Symphonies of Sickness and Reek are my favorites. Everything after has too much guitar wankery. Keep it gory, filthy, and grindy.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm
        • Dagon

          I really dig Necroticism though. As I do Heartwork and Surgical Steel. The first two albums have a special place because they were some of the first extreme music records I ever listened to.

          • Yup, never cared for Amott era Carcass.

          • Dagon

            I wonder how much of the melody was his responsibility or if it was something the other guys wanted to move towards to. There’s a big leap from Necroticism to Heartwork, maybe the fact he had been with them for a while had something to do with it.

          • He had to have had a major role in it. I can’t think of it any other way.

          • Max and I discussed that in my Mike Amott article, and another time, too.

            I think that Bill Steer was the mastermind behind Heartwork cleaner sound and more guitar oriented. And they all probably got engulfed in listening old hard rock and melodic metal at that point.

            I remember I read some old interviews with Steer and he was kinda delusioned that death metal was becoming stale with all the copycats, so they probably reacted against it. Jeff is another individual that is very picky with the press and reactions, so I think it was a combination of all, instead of how many melodic solos Amott played.

          • Dagon

            Bill Steer is a huge classic rock/blues guy, right? I’ve read about that.

          • Bill Steer is amazing. Such a massive guitar player in the merol genre.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxT-au33GmE

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            He was into blues big time while they were doing Heartwork. I for one really liked those bluesy licks he introduced into Heartwork.
            But I’m one of those metal fans who likes Symphonies AND Heartwork, who likes At The Gates’ TRITSIO AND SOTS…etc…

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I think every Carcass album from Symphonies to Heartwork is great at what it sets out to do. Necroticism is in my opinion their best composed album though. Reek is way too choppy for me.

          • Dagon

            Even Swansong? I know it’s cliché to hate on that album but the few times I’ve tried honestly I was just bored. It wasn’t that bad but really unremarkable which is not something that applies to their other LPs.

          • Hit-n-miss, but Swansong had some killer cuts for me.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChaB51vc65k

          • Dagon

            This bores me. 🙁

            I feel like this type of riffing should have much more rocking vocals. It’s me, not you, baby.

          • This probably was more a song recollection for Steer’s Firebird band rather than a Carcass album, jajaja.

            It’s more rock’n’roll. But I understand why everyone bashed it and some Old Gods like you didn’t clicked with it. No worries.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Sounds way too death ‘n’ roll for me. A bit like Entombed. I love Left Hand Path and Clandestine, but once they dropped Wolverine Blues I completely lost my interest in them. I tried to like that album, but I just couldn’t. That whole concept of “rock your socks off death metal” really isn’t something I can get myself behind.

          • Indeed, is that death’n’roll thingy.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Swansong came after Heartwork I think. I didn’t think that album was as bad as some people claim it to be, but I only listened to it once and never really had the temptation to listen to it again. Unlike Symphonies, Necroticism and Heartwork, Swansong isn’t in my rotation anymore. Must have its reasons…

          • Dagon

            Probably the same as mine. Just a plain album in the middle of a very strong discography.

          • Necroticism finds a good balance between the old and the new. too bad that album went largely unplayed last time i saw them (~2008)

          • There a few songs that I like on that album. Still a bust for me though.

          • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

            I did enjoy Necroticism for it’s technical flavor.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I like all Carcass a lot but Symphonies of Sickness may well be my favourite metal album outright

      • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

        Awww cmon dad Heartwork aint that bad.

    • Capra Hircus Hubertus

      I keep staring at this Gif, as if I’m enjoying it.

    • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

      Pretty sure you already know about these guys, but this would definitely be up your alley.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4y1sVsxdHs

      • I do, yes.

        • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

          I was about to get their debut CD years back, but that whole thing of the CD actually smelling like a corpse wouldn’t exactly bowl over when having guests over, and not thrilled about the idea of the neighbors thinking they’re living next door to Jeffrey Dahmer.

          • I don’t think it was that intense man. Anyways, I talked to Matt Widener about this band at MDF years back. Really nice guy, he was stunned that someone was actually was interested in his music. Very humble dude.

          • Matt Widener is in a lot of suh-weet bands! Cretin, Liberteer, CME…

          • Dubs

            I often forget about Liberteer, but that’s a rad band.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Sweet!

          • It was the same time that Dan Martinez was becoming Marissa Martinez. Matt was their playing with Cretin at the time so…

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Woah, didn’t know he became a she!

          • Really!?! I’m surprised by that. That was pretty big news a couple years back.

          • Hot Throbbin’ Bio Slime

            Only transition I’ve heard about in metal is Life Of Agony’s singer.

          • This was before that.

          • Dubs

            I think it’s cool that that transition went down without much fanfare or drama, as far as I can tell. Those who noticed were just kinda like, “Cool.” I guess that could partially be because punk/grind tends to be more progressive than metal.

          • I don’t see what there was to get worked up about anyways metal or punk.

          • Dubs

            I was just thinking about how much of a public issue it was with Life of Agony’s singer. Just be chill.

          • Hmm, well I’m not a fan of that band so I didn’t really follow. Didn’t know there was a big fuss.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Never noticed. The band sucks anyway.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Don’t buy that really. Heard about both at different times obviously and then brushed my teeth. Same with Halford being gay. Who cares?

          • Dubs

            I think that tends to be the more street-level reaction, but not necessarily the publicized one. I recall MS running a bunch of stuff about the Life of Agony story, and I’ve definitely seen a number of articles that feel the need to explicitly mention Halford’s orientation.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, that’s their issue and their need to “make” a story.

          • Dubs

            Right, that’s the point I’m making.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Gotcha.

          • Also, are you saying that people that are not into punk and grind would not agree with this? I mean, I listen to much more metal then I do punk and I don’t care if some dude wants to cut his dick off.

          • Dubs

            See my response to KSOFM.

          • Gottcha.

  • That image reminds me of the Trash Man from the second to last X-Files episode.

    http://img2.tvtome.com/i/u/809a94a8286a4645c65c7c529767ad9f.gif

  • Dubs

    Digging this.

  • This is fun! Great finding, Dagy.

    I suppose you found this while flirting with sirens on Rio de Janeiro, you bandit.

  • Boss the Ross

    DAGON!
    you delivered, this is brutally fun!

  • Dubs

    Hahaha Beercan. You have to pronounce it beerkin.

  • “we like big tits… and zombie flicks!”
    funny and gud.

  • I hear lots of Obituary and Macbre influence in this.

    • Dagon

      I hear a lot of Obit-like grooves in this.

  • Waynecro

    This is pretty cool. It kind of reminds me of old Abscess or something. Thanks, Dagon!

    • Abscess, wow! That’s a name I have not heard it a long time.

      • Waynecro

        I dig Abscess, man. Good stuff. Urine Junkies has a damn funny album cover.

        • That album fucking rules! So mean sounding.

          • Waynecro

            It really is. I often get “Freak Fuck Fest (Naked FreakShow II: Orgy of the Gaffed)” from Seminal Vampires and Maggot Men stuck in my head for days at a time.

          • Haha, beautiful! I should revisit some of my favorite over the top grind bands again. I have Putrefaction In Progress on vinyl. That one is always an endurance test to get through.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68VUrXL0uqs

          • Waynecro

            That’s awesome, man. That kind of grind totally motivates me when I’m lifting. It’s harder to jam when I’m working. It just makes me angrier.

          • Dagon

            I can’t lift to something that fast. It’s usually rap or some sludge when I used to lift.

            The pumpkin baby wrote a blurb about these dudes and I recommend it for lifting: https://cantharone.bandcamp.com/

          • Cardio is all I do, I have to listen to something fast. Lifting to this shit would give me a hemorrhoid.

          • Dagon

            I’m considering starting crossfit. Last year I did weights but barely any cardio, I should at least start doing HIIT. Not a big fan of endurance running… my patience is consumed by doom records.

          • Oh man. Running to doom would be such a drag. Hahaha!

          • Dagon

            Maybe good hiking music? YOB!

          • Waynecro

            It might be appropriate if you were running up hills in a weighted vest.

          • Oooof!!!!

          • Waynecro

            I used to run up stairs in a weighted vest, and I jammed some doomy, sludgy stuff a couple times.

          • Dagon

            You are hardcore, dude.

          • Waynecro

            I’ve determined that I have to be hard core to reach my health and fitness goals. I wish that weren’t the case, but I make zero progress unless I’m going all out.

          • you ain’t fooling anybody in here. once you reach those goals, you’ll set new ones.

          • Waynecro

            You’re probably right. WHAT HAVE I BECOME?

          • Dagon

            Need that insulin for gains too.

          • Waynecro

            It’s such a double-edged sword. Insulin can help with muscle growth, but it also makes me fat in no time. I could gain 5 pounds in a few days without even trying.

          • Dagon

            Gotta eat lean, man.

          • Waynecro

            Even if my diet is clean, one calorie too many and I’m on a bus to tubby town.

          • Goddamn Beast!

          • Waynecro

            That was actually my favorite cardio. If I still lived in a tall building, I’d probably still be doing it.

          • Dagon

            http://www.tpcoz.com/pics/forums/Random7/Ireesha_Jogging_Click.gif

            You can tell she was listening to Sunn O)))

          • Doubtful. Probably Hellyeah.

          • please do Crossfit. not because of the health benefits, but i want to see just how many articles you can write about Crossfit on here!

          • Dagon

            They’re the vegans of the fitness world. Although, I know a few (one) crossfitters who are pretty cool about it (SMOHLG).

          • agreed, SMOHLG is the best human being pretty cool about it

          • Dagon

            I could totally out-mustache him if I wanted though.

          • i could TRY. but with these genes i’d probably have to register myself shortly afterwards…

          • Stockhausen

            He doesn’t need to relentlessly tell you about Crossfit. His stunning physique simply punches you in the eyes about Crossfit.

          • Dagon

            A punch to the eyes
            A knee to the self esteem
            A big Christmas bonus to feelings of inadequacy

          • Waynecro

            Some Crossfit people are so fit that it’s ridiculous. Just try not to hurt yourself doing all those wacky exercises.

          • Waynecro

            I need fast jams for cardio. I hate cardio.

          • podcasts bro. the only thing that seems to help me forget about how fucking boring cardio is.

          • That’s why it’s best to have a TV on and Metal playing. I like to turn a horror movie on while on mute and play metal over top of it while I get my cardio in. Passes the time nicely.

            EDIT: During the winter that is.

          • Waynecro

            If you do HIIT instead of steady-state cardio, you don’t have any time to be bored. You’re too busy trying to catch your breath and not die vomiting between the intense parts.

          • Dagon

            I like it better that way. Less time at the gym, more time at the toilet (puking).

          • Waynecro

            Indeed! I usually only spend about 15 minutes per day on cardio. I keep a vomit bucket next to the treadmill.

          • Sodom is another good cardio band. That shit gets me going.

          • Waynecro

            I like lifting to slower, more chuggy, crunchy rhythmic stuff as well, but sometimes I need something zippy to fill up my rage meter.

          • Dagon

            I need bro-y chugs.

          • Count_Breznak

            When you are able to listen to that one 3 times back to back, you are ready for the Rest in Gore compilation.

  • Old Man Doom

    Fuck, this is rad. Thanks, Dagon. All hail surf grind.

  • Stockhausen

    Funny you should post this album, check out today’s to-do list.

    • Dagon

      Where?

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Sounds good. Plus I always got a kick out of Horshack!

  • David Vincent’s Spandex Shirt

    Tour with Ghoul! Tour with Ghoul!

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    This is good