Saturday, 28 August 2010


Napalm Death

Grindcore is a branch of extreme metal that fuses elements of death metal, hardcore punk and other genres. Of all the genres of extreme metal grind is the most alien to inexperienced listeners, frequently confrontational and flirting with outright noise. The genre got started in the mid-1980s on opposite side of the Atlantic. In Michigan, Repulsion combined blast beasts with a distinct fuzzy bass tone. In England, the early lineups of Napalm Death began playing ultra-fast and short songs with an acidic political edge. The genre, which has spawned sub-genres including goregrind and cybergrind, is now entrenched in underground metal and has produced some of metal’s most iconoclastic and experimental music.

Musical Style :
Grindcore is characterized by speed, blast beasts and often indecipherable vocals. Many grindcore songs are short even by punk standards and some tracks are just seconds long. Many bands have expanded on the grind template and broadened the music in the process. Brutal Truth is known for bringing an experimental flair to the music; Pig Destroyer showed that you can create a full palate of sound with just a guitar and drums and Nasum’s music is uncannily rhythmic. While there are shared traits the best grind bands have expanded on the template.

Vocal Style :
The vocals vary to match the music and speed, but screams and guttural singing are standard. Some grindcore artists also use a variation of spoken word vocals.
Pioneers :
Napalm Death
Napalm Death is the key band in the grind genre. Opening albums Scum (featuring the famous one-second song “You Suffer”) and From Enslavement to Obliteration are grind benchmarks. Napalm Death favored a death metal approach in the 1990s but returned to their roots in 2000 and have since produced albums that match their earlier work, including the recent albums Smear Campaign and Time Waits for No Slave.

Brutal Truth
Brutal Truth pushed grind to a higher musical level in the 1990s. Initially formed by S.O.D. and Anthrax bassist Dan Lilker, the band took grind music down an unexpected path beginning with Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses and Need to Control. The band broke up in 1999 but began playing together several years ago and recently issued their comeback album Evolution Through Revolution.

Repulsion initially formed in Flint, Michigan in 1985 and has only recorded roughly one album’s worth of material. Their sole record Horrified was highly influential to metal, particularly the band’s blast beats, violent lyrics and unabashedly primitive sound. Repulsion has played concerts in recent years but recorded no new material.

Recommended Albums :
Napalm Death - Scum
Napalm Death - From Enslavement to Obliteration
Repulsion - Horrified
Pig Destroyer - Prowler in the Yard
Brutal Truth - Sounds of the Animal Kingdom
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Altered States of America
Nasum - Human 2.0
Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless
A.C. - 40 More Reasons To Hate Us
Carcass - Reek of Putrefaction

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