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A big week in the year of the grind; Brutal Truth, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Graf Orlock

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by Ryan Buege

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 ( 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 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!


Sunday Metalhead Minute: Tombs, “The Divide”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , on Sunday, March 1, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Tombs is a snarling Brooklyn-based doom and hardcore act that has had my attention tighter than anyone in underground metal this year. Ever since I got my hands around their previous vinyl releases (S/T and the split with Planks), Winter Hours has been on my shortlist for anticipated releases. Given the relatively limited scope of emotions governing the doom metal spectrum, there’s a very authentic, undeniably inventive perspective and overwhelming presence that Tombs brings to the game. While I was skeptical at first of whether they had simply hit a streak of early luck on the first two releases, Winter Hours (which finally hit stores last Tuesday) is a brilliant album that should ensure they’ll continue to turn a lot of heads this year. All the gears are extremely well-oiled on this one, and this song from the middle of the tracklist is a great example of the beefed up, free-minded blackened doom’n’psychedelics they’re practicing on Winter Hours. I hope to have a full review on this one pending some free time from my school/real work life…

LISTEN: “The Divide” (from Winter Hours, 2009)

Brutal Truth debut “Evolution Through Revolution” from first full length in a decade

Posted in Audio with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Brutal Truth, the reunited, extremely influential NYC grindcore band featuring Dan Lilker (Anthrax, Nuclear Assault, S.O.D.), has updated the world on their whereabouts  and posted the first taste of music from their new full-length album Evolution Through Revolution, their first album in over 10 years! Brutal FUCKING Truth is right! The title track they posted at their MySpace is some whoooaa-sooo heavy brutal deathgrind that is aided by their matured outlook and the production updates of the new millenium. Holy headbanger, these riffs are sweet! Anyone who’s remotely into metal or punk should tune in for a lesson on where grindcore is about to evolve to when Brutal  Truth releases this album on April 14th. This is an album to look out for!

Listen: “Evolution Through Revolution” (from Evolution Through Revolution, in stores 04/14/09)

Video: Burnt By the Sun first studio recording sessions for final album

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , on Friday, February 13, 2009 by Ryan Buege

We were on the ball in reporting this a few months ago, but if you missed it, there’s a newsflash: Burnt By the Sun has reunited to record one final album! Apparently, after Dave Witte and Mike Olender heard some of the material that Jon Adubato and Ted Patterson had been recording after they left, they were simply compelled to rejoin with them and make one last record together. Witte has been having great success playing drums for the incredible Municipal Waste during the last few years, and it’s not like he really needed to go back to BBTS. So, with that in mind, I’m predicting that this is some of BBTS’s most incredible material to date. Right now, this world needs more BBTS, and I’m hoping that their final album, Heart of Darkness, will help earn and solidify the prestigious place in the history of hardcore and metal that they rightly deserve.

Keep reading below to watch their web video featuring interviews with Witte and Olender and the studio recording of the song the sparked the reunion, “Goliath”: Continue reading

Video: Tombs, “Gossamer” music video premieres

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Monday, February 2, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Tombs, Gossamer
My most anticipated underground metal album of the year, Winterhours by Tombs, actually has a music video for a song called “Gossamer”! Not much to say; it’s a pretty standard band performance directed by Kevin Custer, shot in low lighting, and emphasizing the dynamism and subtleties behind Tombs epic post-doom song structures. Relapse must be doing a pretty proactive job pulling the strings for these guys ’cause it even premiered at P4K of all places; Winterhours will be available on Feb. 17, 2009. Check it out!