Fiend Split 7″ w/ Endless Demise

The two-piece grindcore outfit from Fresno, California first started out in the summer of 2012 though the local D.I.Y. community and started making some incredible west-coast grindcore madness.

Managed to get my hands on the Derailed EP and that was just fucking out of this world and also managed to pick up the tape through the order. They’re fucking incredible and they’ve recently released their side of the split with Endless Demise, who seem top be non-existent on Bandcamp as far as my knowledge goes. This being said, the Fiend side of the split is fucking balls to the wall grindcore and the fact that a two-piece can generate that much energy in a release, and live (I’ve seen some live sets) is just mind blowing. It’s short, abrasive and just full on anti-music barrage of noise and speed.

 

I would highly recommend you get your hands on some Fiend releases, you can get most of their stuff for free on their Bandcamp, but feel free to throw a few dollars their way.

 

 

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Bob Plant – West Coast Mincecore Review

What’s harsher and more disgusting than grindcore? Mince-fucking-core and if you’re familiar with the West Coast scene and more specifically, Oakland, you probably know what’s up. I’m saying this as a loser who has a blog on music tens of thousands of miles away, how sad is that? But I digress.

I was introduced to Bob Plant earlier this year by a good friend and through them, I discover a bunch of other cool bands. Then I started looking around on the old Internet and tried to find a Bandcamp page or a Soundcloud page where I could stream their West Coast Micecore EP in full, but only came across one track and the entire EP being under 6 minutes, it wasn’t enough of a fix. “Mincecore gets bad press” is what I thought to myself and I eventually found their stuff on a distro in Phoenix and ordered it all right away. Shout out to Apartment 512 Boottique for hooking me up!

Needless to say, it was eventually put on Youtube by someone else even though the band didn’t really wanna be on the Internet, which is pretty OG in my opinion.  This being said, the music/noise speaks for itself with some of the most abrasive mincecore I have heard in a while and we all know of Agathocles, which becomes a bit stale, cause it’s all kinda has the same soundscape, not that they’re not one of the coolest bands ever and one of my favourites, but some new blood is always good.

The guitars, the bass, the drums all tied together with the lo-fi harsh vocals that make up the entire Bob Plant soundscape, which is complete and utter lo-fi audio terrorism. There are 10 tracks in just under 6 minutes of mincecore madness that is probably the best I’ve heard in a while and if you wanna fight me cause you’re some Archagathus fanboy, then hit me up and we can have a little Internet forum shitposting flame war!

If you can manage to get your hands on this release and any of the other splits they have done, I would highly recommend you do so, cause this is the next level of mincecore. Keep mincing, Bob Plant!

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Big Idiot – 2016 Tour Cassette Review

Not sure I qualify to comment or even have a valid opinion on this here powerviolence stuff, but luckily this is the Internet and I can just run this here meaningless blog about angry screaming over the cool noise.

So I will share my unwanted and unwarranted opinion on Big Idiot  – 2016 Tour Cassette. Even though the tour has been canceled, these noise mongers still released on of the best releases of 2016 in my opinion.

For those of my readers(laughs manically), who are not familiar with Big Idiot, they’re a 3- piece powerviolence band from Olympia, Washington and they fucking kick some serious keister.

Think classic hardcore guitar sound and none of that obnoxious snare drum that seems to be all part of the formula these days (P.S. I like an obnoxious snare drum) and package it all with some incredible rhythm segway every time the vocal style jumps back and forth. I also hate making comparisons so I will do it but in such a way that the avid powerviolence fan knows what I am referring to. Think humor in the lyrics, incredible vocal ranges throughout the entire release and just having fun and mocking everything that annoys you.

Big Idiot is incredible and they do what they do and they’re done, it’s silly, it’s fast, fucking tight and one could sense a good sense of humor, which just adds to the atmosphere of this release. It’s all fun and games, but there is definitely a play fast or don’t attitude to their music. It’s fucking straight up and to the point, which is incredibly refreshing. No fancy synths, no gimmicks, just legit hardcore/powerviolence played fast.

This release is fucking sick and I hope to get my hands on a release. Definitely one of my favorite releases of the year so far and power to ’em. Keep kicking ass, keep playing fast and having fun, it’s a fucking treat to listen to!

You can check out all their releases here. Go on then, support some awesome jams!

 

 

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Lost Release From 2015 – Part 3

So April was a fuck up of note and I managed to compile a list of a lot of bands to check out and surprise surprise, I found most of the coolest releases I missed last year.

Sidetracked Split with To The Point.

Lightning fast powerviolence mania from Tacoma, Washington that is all fucking go all the time. Rip roaring riffs and incredible drumming. These guys will chew you up and spit you out. This split with To The Point has to be one of my favourite splits of last year.

You can find the full split on Youtube

To The Point Split with Sidetracked.

So the other side of the above mentioned packs a might punch for just over 4 minutes of raging fast hardcore/powerviolence and it’s just the right length for the split to be complimented by a 2 minute something Sidetracked side, so having this bad boy on repeat means you have some righteous jams for your trip to the store.  To The Point has one of the more classic sounds when it comes to the powerviolence soundscape and it embodies that California sound perfectly.

Scum human.

Now for something completely different. From the gospel of “Fuck Grindcore”, I give you Scum Human and their 2015 Demo, which is straight up Crossed Out worship right through and it manages to capture that beautifully with some excellent tracks. If you’re a fan of some OG jams, I would highly recommend you check out Scum Human. There is a split with Concussive coming later this year as well.

Enjoy!

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Lost Release From 2015 – Part 2

So after I managed a tour I’m back, fully recovered and ready to catch up on more releases I missed from 2015, and there were a lot of them.get ready for part 2.

Eraser – Fuck Off and Grind

Palermo based 4 piece old school grindcore band known as Eraser and their “Kebab Grind” has me in all sort of hysteria and I am loving their short, abrasive and rather punk release simply titled “Fuck Off and Grind”.

 

 

Haggus – The First Six Months – A Mincecore Collection

My obsession with the west-coast bands and in particular Oakland knows no bounds. Haggus, Oakland-based mincers have released a gore infatuated video with their entire catalog called “The First Six Months”, which is 40 odd minutes of straight up, unadulterated mincecore and it fucking rules!

 

Milorganaut – Kaszuba Isle

I was put onto Malorganaut by a friend along with a few other releases, which I am yet to listen to. These guys definitely stood out and the Milwaukee, Wisconsin definitely does turn it on and to say I was impressed would be an understatement.  Fast, abrasive and that D.I.Y. feel to the recording. Straight up powerviolence, no bullshit. Ripping release!

 

Family Vacation – HELLA FUCKING SIDEWAYZ

Fast, intense, abrasive, yeah you might start to notice a trend here. It’s all about the rhythms along with the level of intensity is what gives Family Vacation the nod for me. It will rip you apart. It has the speed and the grim rhythms that make you sit up and take notice. Hella Fucking Sidewayz will have you hooked! I know I am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lost Release From 2015

I usually get o this point in the new year and I start discovering or I’m recommended releases and bands that I somehow missed in the previous calendar year. It always happens and it doesn’t matter how on top you are of what’s going on, there are just too many bands out there to be in the know all the time.

I am fortunate to have a few friends abroad who are pretty in touch with the scenes around them and I managed to work my way through a few bands this month between work and everything else going on to bring you this list.

 

Concussive – DEMO

Concussive is a powerviolence band from Pittsburgh, California who released their first demo last year in May and it absolutely rips everything to shit. They have their very own unique sound comprising elements of fastcore, grindcore, and even noise influences all under the punk umbrella. West Coast PV at it’s finest. ZESTVIOLENCE FOREVER!

They also managed to do a split with Bathtub Barracuda.

Bathtub Barracuda – Multiple Releases.

Bathtub Barracuda is a Grindcore band from Oakland, California with a pretty harsh sound and some mincecore influences. Short, sweet and rip-roaring intensity from the get go. They’ve done various splits with the likes of Concussive, Powertrip, and Aputasos to name a few. I would definitely recommend this.

Mellow Harsher – Severe Cold EP

Mellow Harsher have come into their own with unrelenting grindcore from the 3-piece dubbed the meatballs of the grindcore community. Regardless of their hysteric antics, the music is harsh, raw and perpetual war on music. Their style and intensity is something to experience. They released the Severe Cold EP on the 2nd of June 2015 and also did a split with Internal Rot from Australia.

 

Bob Plant – West Coast Mincecore

The infamous Bob Plant is a mincecore band from Oakland, California. They’ve done a few splits and released a few cassettes, which I managed to find in a distro somewhere. Other than that I can’t really tell you anything more, other than they fucking rip and have one of the coolest sounds out there.   The Oakland Mincers mean business.

That’s it for now, I’ll keep throwing these lists up as I find new bands or releases I missed in 2015.

 

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Interview: Graham Caldwell – Endless Swarm

Endless SwarmOne of the first things I ever did on this blog was to interview the guy behind Mind Ripper Collective. I am pretty pleased to share that I recently interviewed Graham Caldwell again, but this time as Endless Swarm front-man for Echoes & Dust, which you can read here.

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