The Slow March to Annihilation

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Anger is a lot like alcohol. If you quickly slam a shot of it, you’re going to feel a rush. Your fingers are going to tingle. Your pulse is going to accelerate. Blinding, undiluted rage saturates your veins, stirring you into a state of hyper-aggressive action. Pity the fools who stand in the way of your fury. Grindcore, the various off-shoots of death metal, and crust punk afford listeners a similar experience. Adrenaline and unfocused fury are the name of the game. For a brief, gratuitous strike of wrath, these genres should be your drink of choice.

But sometimes you desire to nurse your rage while you lick your wounds in the dark. White-hot fury is supplanted by bitterness as your anger creeps and crawls its way from burning the back of your neck to slowly sinking its fangs into heart. Feeling and desire give way to unrepentant hatred and unmitigated lust for vengeance. Your patience lengthens as you plot and fester and slowly transform into the object of your fury. Doom is the embodiment of such sustained negativity. Like a fine bourbon or an aged scotch, it should be imbibed slowly, carefully, calculatingly. This is not a draught you drain in one gulp but rather one to which you dedicate yourself, building a tolerance for hate and a lust for prolonged agony.

Interestingly, the loathing can become even more potent when a punk-influenced band decides to seal its indignation away into a cask, where it will age and grow and reform into an even more stout and vitriolic strain. When a band that typically plays fast embraces the gnawing anger within and succumbs to the wroth primal urges, something awful and ugly can happen. This is an examination of the ruination and detritus left in the wake when stampeding bands slow down the pace and take the time to burn and pillage the remains of their rampages.


Pig Destroyer

I’ve mentioned before that Pig Destroyer are a good grind band, but I think something very special occurs when the band decides to slow things down. The recent “Mass and Volume” release shows the band’s ability to stop stampeding and start plodding, crushing everything in its path with its hulking bulk. Perhaps even more interesting, however, is the unsettling and brooding horror of “Natasha,” a harrowing bonus track from the Terrifyer DVD that tells the tragic tale of murder and unending hatred that lingersĀ after death. It presents a tense experiment in tension and atmosphere used to convey terror, but more importantly, it features one of the most evil riffs ever recorded. Submit to Hayes’ madness as your hands move slowly to destroy what you love.


Brutal Truth

Brutal Truth said goodbye to the grindcore scene with the monolithic farewell of End Time. Stuffed to the gills with violent and visceral grind, the band interestingly decided to bookend their career with a jarring display of sustained rage in the 15-minute “Control Room.” It’s hard to find a discernible beat or riff to which you can anchor yourself, rendering your senses vulnerable to the slow and brutal torture of squealing noise and unrepentant chaos. This isn’t grind, but rather discord personified. “Control Room” is Brutal Truth’s Room 101, and the band has ensured that you will meet your end within.


Weekend Nachos

Weekend Nachos have always brought a dissonant ire to the powerviolence game, bludgeoning you with unrelenting assault after assault. However, the heft of this band’s anger becomes even more palpable when they slow things down to slowly plow over you. “Future” is the audible equivalent of that guy getting bulldozed in the First Austin Powers movie; the whole thing might be comical if it wasn’t so dark and out of place. “Future” ends Worthless on a definitively more macabre note than expected.


Bastard Feast

As mentioned in our interview with Bastard Feast, Osculum Infame is the shameful kiss of hellish vengeance unleashed this year by Bastard Feast. Applying a scorched earth policy to crust punk, the band is like a serial arsonist setting the metal landscape ablaze. However, at the end of Osculum Infame, the band takes a surprising turn, and, rather than dropping a napalm bomb on your ravaged body and pissing on your desiccated corpse, they instead pour gasoline all over your pets and set them ablaze, letting the frightened animals run around your apartment and set things on fire. Strange? Yes, but equally malicious. Bastard Feast are just as spiteful whether they are blasting at full-speeding or tearing your life apart with a claw hammer.


Blockheads

Last year, Blockheads unleashed a primal concrete slab of unadulterated hatred in the form of This World Is Dead. “Trail of the Dead” continues the trend here of grind bands ending their albums on a slow note, and the technique is put to absolute effectiveness on this album. This track is the prolonged, agonizing end of a snuff film. You’ve seen the hapless victim get slashed and sliced, but the final blow, delivered with cruel, painstaking deliberation, is all the more visceral due to the suffering that has preceded it. The plodding drums and reverb-drenched notes of “Trail of the Dead” are the noose that will enable you to finally exit, stage left.


Gaza

Unfortunately, Gaza are no longer a band. However, the band was kind enough to leave us with “Routine and then Death,” a long-form expression of the ugliness they saw in the world around them. The juddering drums and off-kilter, carefully-planned notes are the ultimate expression of the misery this band dedicated their career to reflecting. What a fitting end.


Xibalba

“Lujura,” the penultimate track from Xibalba’s Hasta La Muerte, is a funereal march into the terrifying depths of the Mayan underworld. The battering drums that provide a counter-point to the down-tuned, lugubrious riffs fill your frame with dread as you complete your katabasis. Even the dire pleas to “bring the rain” cannot wash away your sins. Eternal punishment and torment await you for your multitude of transgressions. There is no freedom from your fate. There is no void to provide deliverance. Embrace the cruel end.


The Acacia Strain

The Acacia Strain may seem like an odd finale to this infernal voyage, but the 27-minute “Observer” is a grueling, exhausting last rite. The enigmatic narrative is revealed through “True Detective” samples and poignant cries of pain and fear. Time will not heal the wounds inflicted by bitterness. There is no forgiveness here, only the smoldering, agonizingly slow death of poison spreading through your veins. All has been lost; love, fame, wealth, joy, status. All is corruptible and doomed for destruction in the engines of hatred. The observer, fueled by the sustained blight of bitter malice, will destroy all that you love, even your precious dreams and memories. When all that you hold dear has been consumed by flames, the observer will cast your nameless body into an unmarked grave. Hate for hate. This is the slow march to annihilation.

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  • Tyree
    • Finally watched this last night….it was OK
      Would’ve been better with an R rating and sticking to the over-the-top violence of the original 1 & 2.

      • Tyree

        Wait, what?

        • your .gif is from 2014’s Robocop?

          • Tyree

            It’s from the new Birdman movie.

          • Mixed up my Micheal Keaton appearances…well now you know how i feel about the new Robocop šŸ˜€

          • W.

            You nailed my feelings on the new Robocop. Cool modernization, but there needed to be moar violence. I thought the new Judge Dredd was good.

          • Dredd >>>>>>>>
            I even bought that motherfucker on BluRay hoping it would contribute to getting a sequel made. I own one BluRay now.

          • God

            I was pleasantly surprised with how good Dredd was. I enjoyed it so much I watched it again immediately after it ended. It was fun, had a great story, and never took itself too seriously, just serious enough.

          • W.

            My wife doesn’t usually like gratuitous violence, but she actually liked Dredd.

          • God

            See I don’t normally enjoy gratuitous violence in film unless it’s necessary and had a point. In Dredd all the violence seemed right at home and I loved every moment of it.

          • Gurp

            I take it you didn’t like Django Unchained, then.

          • God

            It was alright. I wasnt blown away like most people but it was a cool movie.

          • Gurp

            There certainly were a lot of people that were blown away.
            http://media.giphy.com/media/TYVMvAqAhusH6/giphy.gif

          • W.

            That scene was great, especially with Tupac playing in the background.

          • Gurp

            Oh shit, it was? I totally missed that. I remember laughing really, uh, gleefully the whole time.

          • W.

            I loved Django!

          • Gurp

            WHOO! YEAH!
            I honestly went into that movie expecting it to suck (I didn’t really like Inglorious Basterds much), but I was beyond pleasantly surprised.

          • probably for that dream boat Karl Urban

          • W.

            Haha.

          • Tyree

            Karl Urban is going to steal your wife.

          • W.

            He’s no George Clarke.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt

            There can be only one George Clarke.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            That’s the most common problem with newer action flicks, either not serious enough not to be a comedy or just way too serious.

            So I’m going to see Dredd now.

          • God

            You won’t be disappointed. Let us know what you think!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I will

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Dredd was delightfully much more what I wanted it to be tham the Stallone one. It’s a really undermentioned movie, as it turned out to be very enjoyable.

          • God

            Its definitely one of my favorites. Much better than you thought huh? That’s something I hear from most people who watch it.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I think most -like me- go in without much expectations so the movie being good comes as a surprise.
            A nice one.

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Simon Phoenix

            And when you’re done with that, please watch The Raid 2. If you even remotely like action movies, you owe it to yourself to see it.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Maybe I’ll see it on the morrow.

          • Gurp

            The Raid: Redemption is fucking great, too. Still haven’t seen The Raid 2, though.

          • W.

            I haven’t seen those movies yet, but I need to do so.

          • Gurp

            Aw, dude, Dubya, ya gotta do that. The first one is like Die Hard + Ong Bak, with the kind of gritty atmosphere that Dredd had.

          • Simon Phoenix

            Pls do. The Raid: Redemption was great, but part 2 blows it out of the water. It has considerably more emphasis on story, but the fights are ridiculously awesome.

          • Gurp

            Oh yeah? They set a pretty high bar in kickassitude with the first movie.

          • and………… dat 3D

          • W.

            I think I have like two blu-rays. My laptop plays them, but it’s no fun trying to watch movies on a laptop.

          • ya it was the rocket. i bought a few blu-rays as well, i need that sequel DAMMIT!

          • Edward

            I heard it was tight, but is it worth owning a collection of one BluRay tight?

            My tattoo artist said it was helpful he was stoned.

          • W.

            I liked it sober.

          • Edward

            I should watch that shizz.

          • Simon Phoenix

            Judge Dredd.

            Now there’s a dude I would not fuck with. John Spartan is a threat? PLEASE!!! How do you tangle with a motherfucker who literally calls himself the law and NEVER SHOWS HIS FACE?

          • Karl Urban’s Dredd>>>>Stallone’s Dredd

            Absolutely agree. I really hope there’s a sequel and they keep they same cast and crew. They did such a great job with creating what i always envisioned MegaCity 1 looking like.

            Stallone’s Dredd just made everything feel campy, like the Schumacher Batmans.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Dredd was far cooler than it had any right to be. Really hope they make a sequel.

            *stays Dredd*

          • Simon Phoenix

            I love both Dredds equally for different reasons. While the newer one is a better adaptation of the original comics, if you take away the name, the Stallone one is still a fun goofy sci-fi action film.

            Of course, it doesn’t compare to my starring film

          • W.

            That last sentence is right on the money.

      • the original 1 & 2 Birdman movies?

        • sry, i thought gif was from new Robocop movie, but Birdman looks pretty cool. wish it was based on the Harvey Birdman: Attourney at Law cartoon.

          • W.

            You get that thing I sent ya?

          • Tyree

            That poor hippo.

          • whoa… trying to keep the streets clean around here mang

          • i LOVE the new RoboCop film. i realize i’m in the minority here

          • Simon Phoenix

            I fully expected to hate RebootCop. But while it’s nowhere near the greatness of the original, it was a lot better than I expected.

            I especially like Sam Jackson’s obvious Bill O’Reily expy character.

          • you gonna do the action movie review thingy? if so, i request to do a guest spot with RebootCop!

          • Simon Phoenix

            Yeah. It’s just going to come a little further down the line as I’m working on something else. But I’m totes down for a Rebootcop collab.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            That was criminally underwatched, love that show.

            https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7g23nkXuf1rofxqqo1_400.gif

          • FULL BRAZILIAN!!

          • Tyree
          • CyberneticOrganism

            Act 3: Act Four

    • Rebecca Blvck

      “fun Fun Fun Fun FUN”

    • Rebecca Blvck
      • Rebecca pls

        • Rebecca Blvck

          Rebvcca*

          • Tyree
          • Rebecca Blvck

            I couldn’t be more smashed than I was last Friday! Am I rite?
            Lol!

            -GL

          • Cute!

            GL

          • hey George, i’m still happy that you picked that Van Halen song for 1995 ROTW! what’s your take on Aftershock, from the same album? LOVE that one!!!

            JJM

          • Scrimm

            Wasn’t as good as my pick for the last whiff.

          • yeah i thought about that today at work, “every van halen song” on one youtube video. i chuckled aloud!!

          • Scrimm

            The credit for that goes to W. I just made the pick.

          • W.

            We tag-teamed em, bro!

          • Scrimm

            Hi-five, bro!

          • Aftershock is great man. I love all Van Halen. Even with Gary Cherone (well it has its moments !). Although, I refused to listen to this latest with Diamond Dave.

            GL

          • it’s actually not bad. at all. the single “Tattoo” was easily the worst track on it, not sure why it was picked!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Ha ha ha fucking perfect

  • Tyree

    This was a fun as hell article Dubya. Well fucking done!

    • W.

      Thanks, duder!

    • Rebecca Blvck

      Thanks!

      lolbuttz

    • Lacertilian

      I agree, I had forgotten all about Gaza.
      They were on Black Market Activities right?
      That label had some gold in there, shame Guy Kozowyk is a cop now.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    That title image is siqq. What is that from?

    • W.

      I found it on google images. I included a link to the creator’s deviantart page.

  • “Observer is a grueling, exhausting last rite”

    GRUELING BECAUSE IT SUCKS, AM I RIGHT GUYS?

  • Dude. This article is fantastic! Great furkin jerb, Derbyer!

    • W.

      Thanks! It got uglier the more I wrote, haha.

      • Tyree

        I could tell! Hahaha! This line for the win right here:

        “Dropping a napalm bomb on your ravaged body and pissing on your desiccated corpse, they instead pour gasoline all over your pets and set them ablaze, letting the frightened animals run around your apartment and set things on fire.”

        • W.

          It was fun searching for these longer songs. I knew about several of them, but shoutout to Joe for helping me find a few more!

          • Tyree

            “Trail of the Dead” is so goddamn great!

      • though i do not like it when fast bands go slow, the writing is fan-flippin-tastic. my upcoming article is gonna look like something Axl wrote

        • W.

          Awww. I’m sure yours is good!

        • Guacamole Jim
        • Did you rip a massive bowl and spend all of two minutes working on it? If not, it’s probably way better than Axl’s writing.

        • Death

          There’s no way it will be worse or equal to what Axl “writes.”

          • W.

            I’m glad you used the word “writes” loosely.

  • God

    Mass and volume. Also known as the only pig destroyer album I like.

    • W.

      Have you listened to Natasha?

      • God

        I have not, should have said “only pig destroyer album I’ve liked so far. Purely because of this article I’ll go home and give Natasha a spin.

        • W.

          You really should. It’s designed to be played in surround sound too, so try that if you can.

          • God

            Great write up by that way! It seemed to get a lot darker toward the end.

          • W.

            I noticed that. Not sure how that happened, haha.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Mass & Volume<<<<<<

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    This is my kinda article, loving it all. Disturbingly good writing, especially towards the end.

    • W.

      Much appreciated!

    • Rebecca Blvck

      Thanks!

      M. Shadows!

  • Holy shit…love all the bands in this article…W, it feels like you wrote this just for me.

  • Rebecca Blvck

    It’s almost Thursday! Do you know what’s after Thursday?

    • DoYouThinkHeSaurus

      John, the kind of control you’re attempting simply is… it’s not possible. If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh… well, there it is.

    • W.

      Oh hey, M. Shadows.

      • Rebecca Blvck

        Buy Significant Other! Out Friday on mediaskare records! MATT DAMON!

        lolbuttz

    • Tyree

      Fvcking death and satanic upheaval! BURN BABY BURN!

      • CyberneticOrganism

        ALL HAIL SAMHAIN

    • CyberneticOrganism

      THE VOID

  • Tyree

    Here is another slow dreadful finisher.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5asybgBIxVk

  • Something about sludge and grind, and how they compliment each other soo well. ermahgerd!!!

    • W.

      Sometimes I listen to grind albums and wonder, “How could this get heavier?” Then I get to one of these slow concluding tracks and die.

      • Cephalic Carnage would fit in this article quite nicely, possibly some Primate as well.

        • W.

          You’re totally right. Maybe I’ll have to write a Slow March II: The Trudge Through Hell

          • I 100% endorse this.

          • Cock ov Steele

            What’s funny is as I was reading this article I was listening to that Eyehategod single “New Orleans is the New Vietnam” It added to the “life is shit, we all die one day” vibe.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I’m still on the first pig destroyer song. This is really good. I’m pumped to keep making my way down through the list. Excellent write-up as well, W.!

    • W.

      Thank you, my friendly dip!

  • How fucking badass is Xibalba!

    http://youtu.be/XI5wWiv2A9o

    • W.

      Thier split this year was killer, but man, that full-length…

      • Oh yea, that split they did with Suburban Scum is great, and Hasta La Muerte is insane. Come to think of it, I need to get a copy of that. Looking forward to some new stuff.

    • Tyree

      Xibalba are kind of heavy.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Anyone else remember this little number? Whatever happened to these guys?

    http://youtu.be/474WPGzD4Zw

  • Beunhaas
  • Has the Mass&Volume reissue already come out? If so, then I’ve been slipping.

  • NefariousDude

    I would love to see xibalba live but I’m scared I will get stabbed to death

    • W.

      Maybe then you’ll be granted passage to the real Xibalba.

  • Stockhausen

    Excellent writing, and stuff. Best stuff all day.

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    I tried making something slow and doomy and elephants marching once. https://irrakur.bandcamp.com/track/the-end

    • W.

      Whoah, I’m definitely checking this out when I get a moment.

    • W.

      That was spooky. I dug it.

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        Sweet, thanks.

        • W.

          Welcome. If I do a 2nd post like this, I might give you a shoutout.

  • Renan Ribeiro
    • W.

      I’m going to peep this when I get a chance!

    • W.

      Oh yah, this definitely fits, as does some Celtic Frost.