Stay Grind: Bump n’ Grind, Vol. III

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After a long day of riding in your armored caravan, you stumble upon the ramshackle ruins of another razed city. The hot, smog-shrouded sun overhead bakes the cracked soil and pavement beneath your feet, and the acrid stench of bloated corpses and drying blood wafts up to your nostrils. You pause next to a fallen column and survey the shattered landscape. Suddenly, an explosion knocks you to the parched earth, and your bleary vision swims in a sea of smoke and blinding flashes. You catch your breath and shake your head to regain focus. Suddenly, your enemy is upon you. Without mercy or hesitation you open fire, shredding his baleful body and freeing yourself for a moment’s reprieve to survey the field of battle. You fall into the fray, opening fire and trading bullet for bullet. Your comrades cheer and rally. Victory is within your grasp! But suddenly, a booming voice silences all opposition, and as you hear the whir of a mini-gun winding up, your resolve turns to liquid. With one commanding snarl, your courage, as well as your bowels, falters. “GRIND!” is the last word you hear before being granted passage from your mortal coil.

Howdy, grinders! As I’m wont to do from time to time, I’ve been slumming around in some of the weirder parts of the internet. One of my favorite seedy corners to frequent is the grindcore subreddit. You can find some hilarious, awful, and so awful it’s hilarious grind bands there, and I’ve got a special treat for you in the form of more hideous and malevolent audible hatred for your ear-holes. So gird your loins and grab your power tools. Let’s grind!


 

I’m going to start things off with something nasty. Amnesian are a vicious three-piece from British Columbia. At first glance, they may seem to write simplistic little hate tunes, but on the first half of Inhospitable, they make up for this in sheer aggression. Over the course of 7 short, violent bursts, this band assaults you with more d-beats, buzz-saw chords, and scathing shrieks than you can shake your severed hand at. Despite the more straight-forward approach, there are some nice moments where the band incorporates jarring tempo shifts or injects some space into the composition. Things get especially interesting on the last three tracks. “Symmetry Hymn” is a perfect example of the band’s ability to stick to the grind template while adding a pinch of flair. Inhospitable is a fantastic little flayer, so you should definitely pick it up for something over at Bandcamp.


 

Next up I’ve got Too Femme Too Furious by Pyka. This is another little scorcher that may be even nastier and more violent than Inhospitable. Waves of distortion crash against coruscating drum tattoos and accentuate the primal and animalistic barks. I’m not certain what Max is yelling about, but if I had to guess, I’d assume political ideals. I’ve previously mentioned that grindcore is the perfect platform for socio-political diatribes, and if I had to guess, I’d assume this band is waging a bloody, caustic war against sexism and rape culture. A noble effort, and I can’t imagine any opponent withstanding such a vitriolic assault for long. Too femme Too Furious is everything you could want in a violent little grind package. Check it out over at Bandcamp and help them fight the good fight.


 

For my third selection, I’ve got a demo tape by Nothing Clean. This is abrupt, juddering hardcore much more in the old-school punk leanings. I detect strains of Napalm Death’s body-strewn past and even hear bits of Agoraphobic Nosebleed in the sadistic interplay between the two vocalists. This demo is extremely short, even by grind standards, so you can easily press repeat and bang your head over and over again in an hour. Surrender to the furious distortion and rage within. Pick up the demo over at Bandcamp.


 

My penultimate offering today is the Dehumanizer tape by Archagathus. This is some disgusting, horrifying mincecore presented to you as two sides of a demon-possessed tape. Curious of what it sounds like? Imagine being trapped in that torture house in Saw 2 and being hunted down by dozens of the little Jigsaw mannequins all wielding angle grinders and hacksaws while some pustule-covered ebola zombie in the basement growls and vomits while dining on living victims. This is brutal, awful, and repulsive music, yet I’m strangely drawn to it. Neither side of the tape is overly long, nor is there a dearth of enough shifting dynamics and cascading blasts and buzzes to hold your attention. Prepare to be eviscerated in the most appalling and pleasing manner possible over at Bandcamp.


 

As the capstone on this wall of merciless sonic terror, I’ve selected something special. Many of you are constantly whining about a lack of diversity in grind or a lack of talent or some such nonsense. Well shut your pie-hole, because Of Men and Angel’s Flesh’s upcoming full-length Born in a World Where They Still Fear Gods is a brutal tour-de-force that crams a multitude of stylistic flourishes from all across the metal spectrum right up grindcore’s filthy rear. By toying with unconventional song structures, adopting elements from dissonant death metal (e.g. pinch harmonics and angular riffs), incorporating hard-rocking riffs and soulful solos, and even splashing in a touch of choral vocals, OMAAF manage to ascend to something far greater than a sum of their parts. Unconvinced? Submit your heretical mind to the violent majesty of “Jupiter’s Domain.” This monolithic declaration of purpose will pummel you into ebullient oblivion. Stream Born… over at Bandcamp and keep an eye out for the album to fully drop thisweek.

(Photos VIA, VIA, VIA, VIA, VIA, and VIA)

  • Gurp

    GRIND!

    • W.

      GRIND!

  • Gurp

    Wadge is also a grindcore band that’s free and stuff.

    http://grindcorekaraoke.com/album/grindcore-luau

    Hawaiian style.

  • Tyree

    Archagathus for the win! They never disappoint. PYKA go hard as a mothafuk though! Daaaaammmn!!! Nothing Clean rips hard too! Great finds Dubya!

  • Tyree

    Canadian Horse.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      This makes me laugh. It looks nothing like a grind album cover save for the band logo but that’s what makes me laugh.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    New Nifelheim. Fuck the world.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAn43a9aR2E

  • I know grind has never been the domain of great cover art (barring Tyree, of course) but wow, that Pyka is…something else.

  • Xan

    I love grindcore but it usually has to be something I’m in the mood for to listen to. Most of the grindcore I own is too intense to be listened to by a filthy casual.

  • Ooooh yeah! Nothing Clean gets my approval.
    http://www.x-entertainment.com/pics/kool1.jpg

  • Oh man, that Amnesian is DIRTY. Looking forward to filling my day with the rest of these bands!

  • W.

    FYI, we posted about 5 awesome grind bands at the same time that another certain blog posted about Periphery, so ToH >>>>>>>>>>

    • there are times when Periphery hits the spot oh so well.

      • W.

        On that, Jimmy, I’m going to disagree with you.

        • SHOULD I SHOW HIM MY STEEL!?

          • You might get put on some kind of list if you do.

          • W.

            Send it to him via Snapchat. There’s no way that could go wrong!

          • >Send him my steel
            >Get notification of screenshot
            >Go to jail.

      • I’ll stand by your side on this, brother.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I never like Periphery or djent. I have friends who love Periphery but I consider djent about as bad as the deathcore bands who play three notes in their songs.

        • Elite Extremophile

          I don’t like djent, it’s not my jam.
          I do not like it, Sam I am.

      • JJM,

        Do you like Vildhjarta?

        GL

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkJmzIvxjmY

        • not a lot. though that song was better than anything i heard off that full-length masstaden

          • I see. It seems like half their songs are bitching while the other half are… lacking? Their most recent ep was hit or miss too.

            GL

          • well, my problem with Vildhjarta is that the riffs are slow, solos are rare or non-existent, and there’s too much ambient sprinkled throughout. to me, Periphery does the djent thing perfectly. progressive song structures, ripping solos, and enough speed to keep me awake during a nighttime drive home.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Monuments, by one of the former members is alright as is Periphery. But all in all, I can’t usually listen an albums worth of strongly djentish material.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I would rather hear this Vildhjarta band than Periphery. I do not like Periphery or djent. I do like bands that are technical but djent is about as soulless as Lizard and Islands by King Crimson. I may love the Crim but after In The Wake of Poseidon they stopped caring about writing music with soul or emotion and tried to push every technical boundary. Red was an obvious exception to the rule as those songs have a sense of dread and fear. I love KC but quite a bit of their back catalog isn’t that good in my opinion.

          • ya RED is wonderful. and i’m with you, i’ve tried to listen to a lot of older stuff and i have trouble. Red and In the Court are just fantastic though…

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Lark’s Tongue is also really good. Basically the lineup that made Lark’s Tongue and Red is tied with the lineup who made In The Court as the best lineup of KC. Hell, I loved Starless and Bible Black but they have a lot of really mediocre albums like In The Wake of Poseidon.

          • W.

            I think the problem is lack of diversity in their sound. A few tracks are awesome, but you get bored over the course of a full-length.

          • nailed it.

        • I like Vildhjarta. Humanity’s Last Breath is very similar but heavy as fooooook.

    • Tyree

      This makes me so happy.

      • W.

        I’m grinding to bassfukk right now.

        • Tyree

          LOL! It’s such a fun mess.

          • W.

            More like a hot mess.

    • Grindcore beats that tired genre any day of the week. I had no idea it was still a “thing”.

    • George Clarke

      great post here friend

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    I like all of these. All of these are good. Everybody gets a cookie and a gold star today.

    • W.

      And 1 gold star for you, nipple.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Yay!

  • That header image.
    “GRIND.”

    • W.

      GRIND!

  • Tyree
    • Tyree to W: Stay the hell off my turf, punk.

    • Nasum’s Helvete was my first grind album that I liked. I love them so much

      • Tyree

        Mine too! Scoop was the first song that I heard from them. I worked my way backwards from there.

        • DUDE, ME TOO, except I just listened to Helvete for forever, then listened to the Grind Finale

          • Tyree

            That break down in Scoop is so fucking heavy!!!

    • I’m all about Grind Finale Disc 2. 60+ tracks of great grind.

      • Tyree

        All of Grind Finale is great!

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple
  • Mother Shabubu III
    • W.

      Wow, that is gnarly. I wouldn’t have guessed this was grind from the cover.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Shane Embury FTW

        • W.

          Is he in anything that isn’t awesome?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            ‘Tis impossible.

            Although I can’t be sure as it’s harder to find a band he hasn’t played with (Aerosmith, I’m pretty sure hasn’t yet employed him) than one he has played with.

          • W.

            He’s sort of like Kevin Talley in that regard.

    • I enjoyed this!

  • Been looking forward to OMAAF for ages.

  • Diggin Amnesian, shit sounds proper.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    10 seconds into Amnesian and I’m sold, this riff is tasty as all hell

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Thoughts after finishing the Amnesian release: grindcore is fun and should be played at recess