Posts Tagged ‘grindcore’

discharge_end-of-daysReview by Jeff Maki
Several months ago, I finally purchased Discharge’s classic album Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing on vinyl. I had been a fan of the U.K. hardcore band for years, but I had never owned the album in physical form. I listened to it over the next few days and thought to myself that my record collection is coming into form as I continue to fill in the punk and metal classics. Then only a few days later, Discharge announced it had signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast and was releasing a new studio album called End of Days. After an advance listen, I won’t be waiting nearly as long to pick this one up. (more…)

UK Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death continue to promote their 15th and much praised studio album release Apex Predator – Easy Meat and today they debut the album’s second video clip, for the track “How The Years Condemn.” Check out the enthralling effort above, composed by live footage shot in North America by
Doug Brown and enhanced by animation courtesy of Costin Chioreanu / Twilight Media. (more…)


Cattle Decapitation

Cattle Decapitation’s seventh album, The Anthropocene Extinction (review), is its own grindcore version of Roots, a turning point for the band and possibly one for the entire subgenre. This is grind like you’ve never heard it before. Among the blastbeats, the rhythm section divvies out multiple tempo changes, making for surprises around every bend. Songs flawlessly go from grind to thrash to black metal to even a hardcore tempo. Adding to the variety and depth are a range of guest musicians, along with a newer vocal style by frontman Travis Ryan. Providing the riffs is Josh Elmore, the band’s guitarist since 2001, ranging from harsh and pummeling to sad and epic.

The band already has begun the touring cycle for the new album by taking part in this year’s installment of the Summer Slaughter Tour (view tour dates here), headlined by Arch Enemy and also featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, After the Burial and Beyond Creation. A week into the tour, which included stops in the Midwest, we talked with Elmore about the new release, the tour and selling T-shirts. (more…)

CD-anthropocene-coverReview by Jeff Maki
The Anthropocene Extinction is a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onward), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment. Given the band’s strong stance on the environment and animal cruelty, the album title and concept should come as no surprise to existing fans, and for newcomers, the name Cattle Decapitation is not what it seems. (more…)

In 2012, Cattle Decapitation shocked the metal world with what was revered by fans and haters alike as their best album to date, Monolith Of Inhumanity (review). Here we are, three years later, Cattle Decapitation and Metal Blade Records are pleased to unveil to the world the band’s magnum opus with The Anthropocene Extinction, set for world wide release August 7th, 2015. View album info and tracklisting inside. (more…)

Birmingham-based extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, Anaal Nathrakh, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length on October 28, 2014 (U.S.). Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas (review) was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts eleven emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, sonic deviance embodying the crux of pure evil. Click inside for full album info and artwork and stream the brand new track, “Idol” now! (more…)

Everyone’s favorite extreme metal duo, Anaal Nathrakh have been busy to start 2014. In January and February, they’e been keeping fans posted about a new album with short updates via their Facebook page. According to the band, Mick Kenney (guitars, bass, drums, drum programming) finished tracking guitars for the new Anaal Nathrakh record on Jan.29th and then flew to England where he recorded vocals with V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Dave Hunt). They had hoped to have the record done by the end of February and from their recent photo it looks like their deadline was met. (more…)

Cd-monolithI think I may be getting old. You see, my 36th birthday just passed, and more often than not, I’m finding it harder and harder to listen to a band like Cattle Decapitation. Yeah, I know, I’m a wuss, right? But apparently, I’m not the only one. When I interviewed vocalist Travis Ryan in 2009, he told me something along those same lines, as well. The music is very “grating,” he said. Not only that, but say you’re out at a dinner party and someone asks you what you’re currently listening to? As a grown man, am I really going to look them straight in the eye and say, “Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Cattle Decapitation?” Maybe I am finally maturing at the ripe old age of 36. (more…)

dr-acula-slanderThis certainly ain’t your older brother’s metal—my, how times have changed. Yeah, I probably know what you’re thinking: Another one of these noisecore-type-bands, with no songs and no imagination, by some bastards that can’t even play. Wrong. Maybe it’s some kind of a spoof band, like Green Jello, Ugly Kid Joe or even Scatterbrain. Closer, but still way off. What if I told you this seven-piece from New York was The Black Dahlia Murder and Napalm Death, rolled up in a big fat joint with Anthrax and Emmure, with a dimebag of hip-hop and electronica on the side? Yeah, that’s it, or “partygrind” as the band has dubbed itself. (more…)

BDM-deflorateI’m not a musician, but I take great pride in having a good ear for music. I’m way into extreme metal, but The Black Dahlia Murder is a band I could never really fully get into. The frantic and chaotic musical landscape they had laid out on previous albums was almost too much to take in—music for the A.D.D. generation that makes us slightly older guys’ heads spin. I gradually started to take to them with their last release, Nocturnal. And now, more than ever, after witnessing them at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and conducting an entertaining interview with guitarist Brian Eschbach, I am more than willing to give them a chance. After all, it’s what all the cool metal kids are listening to these days, right? (more…)

swwaats-grandWith the second longest band name next to … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, S.W.W.A.A.T.S. (or Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky), plays deathcore that is fitting for their name. This is death metal at its core but the music is saturated with hardcore and grind, making for an apocalyptic sound as if they were playing the last metal show on a charred, burned, barren wasteland that was once Earth. (more…)

napalm-death_time-waitsReview by Ryan Mavity
Of all the bands that get credit for being metal pioneers, one that flies under the radar is England’s Napalm Death. They don’t just play grind metal, they invented it with their seminal late ‘80s releases Scum and From Enslavement to Obliteration. After falling off a bit in the ‘90s, the band has had a creative rebirth in the 2000s with strong releases, such as 2005’s The Code Is Red…Long Live the Code, all of which have added new elements to the bands signature high-octane, politically-charged sound. (more…)