Nekro Drunkz – Lavatory Carnage (2016)


Author: GTO

Artist: Nekro Drunkz

Album: Lavatory Carnage

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal/Grindcore

Label: Moribund Records


“Gore metal” is easily one of the most divisive and polarizing genres of metal. Most of the major camps agree that the vocals are too much, the beats too blasting, and the subject mature immature or unoriginal. It’s hard to the inherent juvenile factor that comes from something like gore metal—frequent references not only to bodily dismemberment but also scatological and biological functions sound more of the reign of elementary school students rather than metalheads. Despite their frequent enjoyment of items that are considered “low culture,” for many people gore metal steeps too low.    Continue reading

EP Round Up #3 – Sonic Poison, Miasmal Sabbath


Author: Goldensundown

Bands: Sonic Poison, Miasmal Sabbath

Albums: Harsh Demonstration…, Miasmal Sabbath

Genres: Death Metal/Grindcore, Death Metal/Crust Punk

Labels: Caligari Records, Independent

Two punky death EP’s are up on the offering slab this round. Continue reading

Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Arc (2016)


Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Agoraphobic Nosebleed

Album: Arc

Label: Relapse Records



The first time I heard Salome’s landmark album Terminal, I was working a graveyard shift for a security company, driving around the city in the biting cold of January listening to metal on the company car’s shitty sound system. I was still fairly new to sludge and what I had heard focused a great deal on the thickness of the sound, guitars downtuned and multitracked and sent through fuzz and distortion pedals, delays and reverbs, and probably several simultaneous tube amps and cabinets. Terminal, in contrast, was bone dry. One guitar, minimal effects, no bass, drums, and Katherine Katz, whom I had heard before on Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s Agorapocalypse. The sparseness of the production combined with the relentlessly punishing and nihilistic music was unlike anything I had heard before, and over the years it became one of my favorite albums. Having only a few years prior come out of the bleakest period in my life, one characterized by addiction and severe mental illness, the album’s emotional tenor, however bleak, was very comforting. Continue reading

Brain Famine – Exploding Paranoid Universe (2015)


Review: GTO

Artist: Brain Famine

Album: Exploding Paranoid Universe

Label: Independent


Grindcore is a tough genre to innovate in. Slight deviations could put the formula off balance and turn the product into something compromised and mediocre. Of course, this occasionally produces something worthwhile. Indie grind band Brain Famine take a very heavily metal approach on their debut full length, Exploding Paranoid Universe. With a fitting label of thrash/grindcore, Brain Famine seeks to approach grindcore with an angular and sporadic style of riffing that feels pleasantly disjointed and brilliantly unnerving. The album slides between holding a place of unrelenting fury and being a fascinating salad bowl of riffs for the listener to dive into. Continue reading

Cult Leader – Lightless Walk (2015)

Author: Bloodshot Grub

Artist: Cult Leader

Album: Lightless Walk

Label: Deathwish, Inc.

“Once we were another band, now we’re a better one.”

The opening line from Cult Leader‘s press packet gets right to the point. The other band that they were was Gaza, whose 2012 album No Absolutes in Human Suffering was widely and justifiably lauded as a high point of modern metalcore. Three-quarters of that band went on to form Cult Leader, and, high as the bar is, Lightless Walk is indeed the output of a better band. Continue reading

Cattle Decapitation – The Anthropocene Extinction (2015)

Author: GTO

Artist: Cattle Decapitation

Album: The Anthropocene Extinction

Label: Metal Blade

Cattle Decapitation continue on a cleaner path compared to most of their grind contemporaries with The Anthropocene Extinction, especially expanding on the sound of their last release Monolith of Humanity. Clearly demonstrating a penchant for their history in grindcore while not letting their music be consumed by it, Extinction is heavily characterized by a mixture of blast beats, deathgrind riffing breaks, and melodic interludes marked by ambient guitar riffs and nasal yet still soaring vocals. Overall the album shifts back and forth between intense, blasting moments and introspective and haunting breaks that punctuate and break up constant blast beats. Continue reading

Captain Cleanoff – Rising Terror (2015)

Reviewer: GTO

Artist: Captain Cleanoff

Album: Rising Terror


Captain Cleanoff sounds to me like either a brand of European laundry detergent or the horrifying name of a serial killer that takes pride in how thoroughly he decapitates his victims. Going by the band’s logo font and album cover, I’m going to assume they more likely meant something like the latter. Rising Terror marks this band’s second full-length release in the grindcore world, following 2008’s Symphonies of Slackness. Continue reading