The debut LP by the sonic malefactors behind Dead in the Dirt, The Blind Hole, is an ugly, wretched thing—in all the right ways. The overarching grindcore sonic is given life by potent injections of doom, crust, and hardcore, not to mention the trio's vegan straightedge philosophy.
When Wormrot was signed to Earache Records in 2010, they surprised the hell out of most people in the extreme metal world. How many have actually heard of Southeast Asian grindcore before then? What unique conditions helped to spawn this small regional scene?
New Zealand has some very pretty scenery, but don't let that fool you, the nation is replete with filth and squalor. In this month's Ragnarök we look at the best of that corruption, with New Zealand Metal 101.
It may be painful to admit it, but Book Burner is the sound of your conscience unguarded. Incendiary and intelligent, it is an album that propels an already lauded band into the realms of the truly legendary.
The domain of the heavy metal full-length is a thunderously powerful realm, but so too is the sphere of its more compendious cousin, the split release. This month's Ragnarök investigates five recent releases, exploring the whys and wherefores of what makes a truly great metal split.
Results is an exceptional half hour of bludgeoning and furious metal. A flawless rendition of all that is breathtaking about grindcore -- honestly, this sort of supersonic hostility and will suck the oxygen right out of your lungs.
On the surface, Split Cranium is just one in a tired tradition of crust punk bands, but before tossing this record in the trash, give it another listen. Far from parroting of subgenre clichés, Split Cranium affectionately reinterprets them through an artist's lens.
Constructed around loads of ingeniously-timed movie samples, Graf Orlock's music is some of the most fun grindcore you'll ever hear, psychotic and chaotic yet insidiously catchy, but the first impression is always unforgettable, thanks to their artwork.