Lines In Wax

TWELVE YEARS OF UNWANTED OPINION

Month: December 2015

Magrudergrind – Magrudergrind (2009)

Magrudergrind – Magrudergrind (2009)

Being an absolute pinnacle of modern grindcore, it is almost impossible to fault this Magrudergrind record. With that in mind, I will start with my only gripe. Where’s the bass? I fucking love bass. That’s literally all I can criticise. I remember making some unsavoury comments about Pig Destroyer getting a bass player and having seen them live several times since the change I can only long hopefully for Magrudergrind to one day pack that extra punch… Anyway, I’m rambling. Magrudergrind’s self titled is generally the record I recommend to grindcore newbies (as well as Wormrot’s Noise EP) on the rare occasion somebody actually cares about what I’m saying. Opening track “The Protocols Of Anti-Sound” is one of my favourite songs ever as it comprises of everything you could possibly want out of grindcore in one short blast. Magrudergrind’s razor sharp distortion and chunky drum production mingle perfectly, leaving just enough room for the distortion of the vocals. There’s chaos, and plenty of it, but Magrudergrind also play the vital grind card (that a lot of bands overlook) – throwing in a fucking killer riff every now and then. Speaking of killer riffs, “Bridge Burner” is a lengthy offering sitting in the middle of the record that sounds like an orgy of heaviness akin to Fistula crossed with Drop Dead. There’s even some weird hip hop shit at the end of the album which I like but I’m sure will actually alienate some purists, but fuck those guys – hip hop is awesome. Grind.

Om – Variations On A Theme (2005)

Om – Variations On A Theme (2005)

Without getting too cringe there is something magical about Om’s music. Perhaps it’s the chanting, trance-like rhythm of the majority of their songs, or perhaps it’s the seemingly perfect balance that Al Cisneros strikes between riff and distortion. Either way, Om can turn a 20 minute song into what feels like one of those daydreams that has lasted only seconds but in your head you have traversed entire worlds. “Shit, how long have I been out?” I’ve recently started a new job with a lot of early starts, and as much as I love grindcore and death metal, it quickly became apparent that half 5 in the morning is not the time to listen to something that is so aurally abrasive. This continues to give me ample opportunities to catch up on genres that I usually push to the side, and whilst I feared that listening to Om would put me back to sleep whilst tanning it down the M4 and result in my fiery death, I actually just caught up on a band that I forgot existed and had a banging time listening to something that wasn’t intentionally trying to blow my head off.