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Toxic Holocaust – Conjure and Command

August 8, 2011

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Relapse 7/19/2011 One-man grindcore? Most definitely. Solo black metal? One of the genre’s most enduring visages is a lone corpsepaint warrior surrounded by various instruments in the isolation cell he calls a room. But thrash metal? It’s communal. Tales abound of bands from both the old guard and the revival leaving studios in states of […]

Tombs – Path of Totality

July 2, 2011

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Relapse 6/7/2011 Never mind that the cover of their sophomore full-length bears more than a passing resemblance to Through Silver and Blood, or that guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill slices off a killer piece of Matt Pike-ish riffage on instrumental jam “Constellations”; Tombs have finally shaken the remainders of the Neurosis and High on Fire comparisons applied […]

Rotten Sound – Cursed

June 10, 2011

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Relapse 3/15/2011 As grindcore continues to expand and merge with other sub-genres, steadily increasing in technicality and the proficiency of its musicians, a band like Rotten Sound is a welcome reprieve. Barring the ridiculous chops of former drummer Kai Hahto, the Finnish quartet largely ditches the instrumental wizardry prevalent in the genre’s modern incarnation for […]

Inevitable End – The Oculus

May 25, 2011

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Relapse 5/24/2011 Not sure if it was the grainy, computer generated cover art or the pseudo-scientific album title, but I was expecting sterile Sumeriancore on Inevitable End’s sophomore outing. What I got instead was refreshingly unhinged noisegrind owing a pretty sizable debt to Converge, with a few twists here and there. A saying involving some […]

Zombi – Escape Velocity

May 4, 2011

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Relapse 5/10/2011 My introduction to Zombi happened at the WOW Hall in Eugene, Ore. They were opening for Isis (R.I.P.), my favorite band at the time who I had also never seen live before. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked to just fast-forward through the guests to get the main gig underway, so when […]

Indian – Guiltless

April 15, 2011

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Relapse 4/12/2011 Ow…I needed a few Halls drops just listening to the screeching on Indian’s fourth full-length. I can’t imagine how co-guitarists/vocalists Dylan O’Toole and Will Lindsay’s vocal chords must have felt after tracking Guiltless. These are not your refined, Melissa Cross-instructed “extreme vokills.” No, these are tortured screams from some realm of unfathomable agony […]

Noisear – Subvert the Dominant Paradigm

March 29, 2011

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Relapse 2/1/2011   In a direct contrast to the speed at which its purveyors play, grindcore has taken the longest of the extreme music subgenres to reach the culmination of its renaissance. Infamous avant-slicers Discordance Axis launched the movement a decade ago, matched by the inversely old school crust pummelings of Nasum, who looked to […]