A big week in the year of the grind; Brutal Truth, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Graf Orlock
I’m just going to get this out of the way quick, and that’s they way it should be. Any of my friends of the grind would have my head this week if I failed to mention the legendary amount of super high quality grindcore hitting the streets today. Seriously, you might not believe me, but when grindcore purists (..is there such a thing?) are reminiscing about the glory days of their genre in 25 or 30 years, it wouldn’t be strange for them to think back on April 14, 2009 vividly with fond recollection.
The most prominent release from the realm of grindcore this week comes from Brutal Truth, who are back for their first full-length album in over 10 years – and they sound about a million times more intense (and relevant!) than most of the “reunions” taking place in the world of music these days. The band is now hosting a high quality stream of their new album, Evolution Through Revolution, over at EvolutionThroughRevolution.info. Though I’m pretty sure I’ve already said this in a previous post, I’ll say it again; even from the stream you can tell, the tones are sounding absolutely devastating on this one. Almost 20 years after they started playing sick and twisted grindcore, Brutal Fucking Truth is back to show that they are actually still the sickest kids and they’ve gots 20 new tracks of riffs and pure chaos to prove it.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed‘s Agorapocalypse is one of the most exciting grindcore releases I think I’ve ever heard. Admittedly I had easily grown tired of ANB’s cybergrind in the past, but had to go pick this one up yesterday as soon as I could after weening myself on the “Agorapocalypse Now” track that they posted online last month. Scott Hull and co. begin the album with “Agorapocalypse Now”, a song which jumps right in the middle of the battlefield with a grunt and a blood-curdling squeal before breaking free into blastbeat driven madness. Agorapocalypse is an album that still festers with the unhinged madness that ANB is known for, but this time around the insanisty is anchored to a devastating, steamrolling groove that continues to build and bang beneath the guitar thrash and vocal onslaught. Hull and his trio of vocalists have outdone themselves on this one, with an grind that sounds so fresh and thus appropriate for an introduction at this time of year (Spring, duh!). Stream it here and hear for yourself!
And finally, but no less awesomely (grm? whatevs) the cinema grind masters in Graf Orlock have returned to officially unveil their new album of ferocious, grating, thrash and grind. Destination Time Today is the band’s third release in a trilogy of grindcore albums that have already shown the band to be carrying the torche of angry grindcore into the future as high as anyone. The band tends towards noise rock a bit more than their strictly-metal brethren in BT and ANB, but their blastbeats are no less brutal and their riffs no less headband inducing. It’s a great thing when you can literally feel the blood, sweat, and emotion reverbrating from an album, and I can feel it from every second of this album.
So there you have it, friends, your week in grindcore! Now click some links, get these albums, and start headbanging because grindcore is reinventing itself in 2009!