Napalm Death – Scum

If Scum sounds like two different albums by two different bands, that’s because it is. Napalm Death recorded the first side in August 1986 as a three-piece,1┬áthen shelved recording for nine months before entering┬áthe studio again in May 1987 with no returning members other than drummer Mick Harris,2 whose obsession with blast-beat percussion – a…

Napalm Death – The Curse [EP]

The Curse is a free extended-play that was delivered along with vinyl copies of grindcore band Napalm Death’s second full-length release, From Enslavement to Obliteration.1 Side one of the EP is the three-and-a-half minute title track – one of the longest songs in Napalm Death’s extant grindcore discography. Side two is four tracks of microsongs,…

Black Arrows of Filth and Impurity – 1984 (Eternal)

It’s death metal? It’s grindcore? It’s death metalcore?1 1984 (Eternal) is the only official2 release by Black Arrows of Filth and Impurity (henceforth referred to as BAOFAI) of Indianapolis, IN. There are two halves to this release: five tracks of grindcore highly influenced by death metal and two tracks of noise music. The instrumentation is…

Organ Dealer – Visceral Infection

Visceral Infection is the debut full-length release by New Jersey deathgrind band Organ Dealer. Described as “psychologically torturous” instead of “straight-forward, goregrind stuff,”1 Visceral Infection features full-bodied production akin to Pig Destroyer’s Book Burner. Scott Moriarty – when he’s not a Sherlock Holmes supervillain2 – shares vocal duties with guitarist James Stivaly, who teaches bass…

Cloud Rat – Blind River

There’s something of a 21st-century riot grrl scene in grindcore and punk rock that’s been going on the past several years. Bands such as Appalachian Terror Unit and Fuck the Facts1 are fronted by women and typically feature feminist and intersectional whose ferociousness is complemented by the genre’s musical brutality. The trans community has formed…

Agoraphobic Nosebleed – A Joyful Noise

In January 2012, grindcore act Agoraphobic Nosebleed1 recorded a four-minute, 11-song EP to be included as a flexi-disc2 for Decibel magazine’s January 2012 issue. Later released on-line and through Relapse Records,3 A Joyful Noise is pretty much what one expects from a grindcore Christmas album: lyrics such as “his neck in a noose he hung…

Cripple Bastards – Nero in Metastasi

Italian grindcore1 group Cripple Bastards exist much in the same way now as they did twenty years ago: in dirty and sludgy depravity. Nero in Metastasi is their 2014 studio album. The majority of tracks play up the death metal side of grindcore and downplay the hardcore punk.2 Three vocal styles are used: a hoarse…