In case you needed something vicious to get through the rest of your day, we’re here with the exclusive premiere of the latest from Houkago Grind Time, titled “It’s Time to M-M-M-Mince.” Houkago Grind Time 2: The Second Raid, the new album from the mincecore/goregrind project stemming from the mind of Andrew Lee (Ripped To Shreds, Skullsmasher), drops on November 4th and we’re proud to share the opening track here. Take a minute and give it a listen directly below. And since it’s goregrind, you know I mean that quite literally. Enjoy!
…Fuck. Well, before we share a couple thoughts of our own, here’s a quick word from Andrew Lee:
“Animation is one of the most grueling industries in Japan, and one of the worst when it comes to exploiting their workers if they aren’t already depressing local labor by outsourcing animation to Korea or the Philippines. It’s time to MINCE anime to BITS.”
Indeed. I would have to say those sentiments are appropriately conveyed here. I don’t personally listen to a ton of grind, but this rules. The screeching leads, the guttural vocals, the unrelenting blasts… it’s absolutely beautiful. And the wild thing is, within all of that pummeling chaos, it’s packaged in a way that feels completely organized and logical. The surprising clarity of each note from each layer of sound, and the galloping cadence underneath it all, makes this pretty damn easy to ingest. It’s mincecore exactly as it should be… at least that’s what I’m led to believe and assume.
For those looking for a little additional background on Houkago Grind Time (a brief, yet noteworthy journey to be clear) the project came to be through a demo in 2019. With an original mission to “save the world by overloading it with mincegore” shared through numerous demos, EPs, and splits over those initial three years, the message eventually evolved in conjunction with the world continuing to go to shit… basically. So, with Houkago Grind Time 2: The Second Raid, Lee addresses more serious themes, like the rejection of capitalistic issues in the animation industry. Couple that with some enhanced production quality overall, and we should be in for quite the ride when the full album comes together for us. I’m already preparing myself.
Anyway! Let’s wrap up with our usual reminder. Houkago Grind Time 2: The Second Rai is out on November 4th. That will be made available digitally through Lee’s Outrageous Weeb Power Productions, who will partner with To Live a Lie and Grindfather Productions for the LP pressing, Obliteration Records for the CD release, and Acid Redux Productions for the cassette version. You can also just jump over to Bandcamp for preorder options and details. Feel free to keep up with all things Houkago Grind Time over on Facebook as well.