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Month: July 2022

Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (2005)

Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (2005)

Lurker Of Chalice is a strange concoction of vibes. The over-arching plot is black metal, but many different fathomless depths are plumbed to bring you this record. Atmospheric electronics interwine dissonant, almost DSBM tracks in their purest form. Towards the latter end of the record, the metallic structure falls away and the more drone-like tracks swarm forth to suffocate your brain. A mixed bag, but some dark shit. A side project of the dude behind Leviathan.

Amoebic Dysentery – Hospice Orgy (2006)

Amoebic Dysentery – Hospice Orgy (2006)

This is one of those things where the title should give you an adequate clue as to what to expect. Purile, nonsensical drum-machine grindcore is, of course, the order of the day, so I hope you’re down with that or I’m afraid you’re fucked out of luck. Where do I start with this? The subject matter is prime 2000s MySpace-era “grind is offensive” fare, but the songs are actually pretty savage, with intense bashings from the drums and a razor/mud dichotomy coming from the guitars. The vocals are suitably insane for such an offering, too.

Marduk – Obedience (2000)

Marduk – Obedience (2000)

Someone in Marduk must have been deep into some shady porn at the time this was put out. Its a bit outside of their wheelhouse in terms of artwork and vibe, at least visually. This was released on a variety of formats with a variety of different front covers, some perhaps complete reworkings that include no nudity or BDSM. Musically, this is OK, the cover track is the best thing on here IMO. Here’s a complete recounting of all of the other covers, for those who are interested in such a thing:

Anal Cunt / Seven Minutes Of Nausea – Split 7″ (1989)

Anal Cunt / Seven Minutes Of Nausea – Split 7″ (1989)

I’ve probably heard this AxCx session a thousand times as I had a download pack of all the old AxCx shit (I think from Agz’ (is that name right?) Crustorrents blog). Its abrasive, nasty and an absolute mess. Everything you want then, from a noisecore band – one of the genre’s founders, no less. It really says something about 7MON, when back to back to classic AxCx, you can truly appreciate just how noisy and difficult they are to listen to. The 7MON side of this split makes the AxCx shit sound like fucking Rush. Absolute audible trash, in every sense of the word. Amazing.

Haggus / Glob – Split Tape (2016)

Haggus / Glob – Split Tape (2016)

Haggus are still the undisputed kings of vegan mince carnage. I feel like I say this about a lot of goregrind-based bands, but they truly do have one of the best shifted vokill attaxxx in the whole game. Just spin this up and find out. Of all places, the voxxx really shine on the Mob 47 cover (lol) that closes this thing out. Hardcore punk in a goregrind style? Yes please, drive. Glob offer a more old school grindcore sound, but with the lows (shifted or otherwise) you’d associate more with death metal. Either way, Glob’s tracks are a sprightly affair, and offer a foil somewhat to Haggus’ mincecore stomps. Glob’s drummer is a very frenetic individual. Cheers!

Gorguts – Considered Dead (1991)

Gorguts – Considered Dead (1991)

I got into Gorguts through the more technical explosions of Obscura, so it was great fun to go back and unearth loved classics like this one, which are more in the traditional vein of death metal. Personally, I can’t think of anything more that I could want from old school death metal. Everything about this is just amazing, from the art to the production, the instrumentation and the vocals (which are a bit in the John Tardy camp of brutality).

Exhumed / Pantalones Abajo Marinero – Split 7″ (1998)

Exhumed / Pantalones Abajo Marinero – Split 7″ (1998)

I love earlier Exhumed, and their stuff on this split 7″ is no different. Bark n growl, Carcass-baiting, thrashing death metal is the order of the day. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. The jewel on this 7″ however is my discovery of Pantalones Abajo Marinero. Shit, these guys are fucking awesome. Really fast, savage grindcore. Which is, of course, forever in my wheelhouse. Stunning.