Album Review: The Drip – “The Haunting Fear of Inevitability”

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For ten years now The Drip have been building a sweet promise of Nasum style grindcore, but with their own imprint. On their long awaited full length The Haunting Fear of Inevitability the band somewhat delivers on this promise. Grind is represented but its the heavy use of d-beat and death metal flourishes that come as a surprise. And we haven’t mentioned the *gasp* groovy breakdowns. Shocked? Same, but when it works it works well and any fan of the band will thoroughly enjoy it.  Continue reading

Album Review: Magrudergrind – “II”

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It’s not everyday that a powerviolence band makes its way onto an HBO set and shares the screen with the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. OK. They weren’t actually on screen together, but Magrudergrind being featured on HBO’s VEEP was a great sign regarding their triumphant return to the grindy world of powerviolence. After six years of surprising silence, Magrudergrind have exploded back onto the scene with II recorded at God City Studios and mixed/mastered by Mr. Brad Boatright. And for fans of the best, there’s not much to dislike. Sure, the band is a bit more polished, perhaps even more melodic, but they are still the same old Magrudergrind. Just a bit older and more mature. Continue reading