Album Review: Cloud Rat — “Threshold”

Cloud Rat - Threshold

Grind is having a massive couple of weeks right now. Last Friday brought us a new Escuela Grind album (review courtesy of my esteemed colleague and brother), and now I have the sublime pleasure to convince you that you should drop whatever you are doing this Friday and check out Threshold, the latest from Michigan grind stalwarts Cloud Rat. And trust me, I do mean whatever you are doing.

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Premiere: Houkago Grind Time — “It’s Time to M-M-M-Mince”

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!

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Album Review: Escuela Grind — “Memory Theater”

It’s not every day we plug other places to soak in music content, but I think it should be said that whoever runs the hate5six YouTube channel is maybe the hardest working person on the internet and also a true hero.  Especially over the past couple of years, whenever I need new music or I’ve been missing going to shows, I’ll pop over to the channel and I’m immediately greeted by a treasure trove of great live recordings.  It was through that channel, on a complete whim, that I managed to discover Escuela Grind, and from the first ring of feedback, I was hooked.  And if I was hooked before, Memory Theater is the release to reel me in.

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WAKE’s Ryan Kennedy on “Thought Form Descent” and much more!

What is there to say about Canada’s WAKE that hasn’t already been said? Since forming in 2009 they’ve positioned themselves as a frontrunner in the grind game and now with their sixth full length, Thought Form Descent, they’re shedding skin and growing new. Simply meaning, grindcore isn’t the only tool in their box anymore. It’s a cavalcade of extreme with lighter shades of gray that proves the band hit the nail on the head in their attempt to say that heavy and brutal doesn’t necessarily mean chainsawing through an album at light speed. It’s more nuanced, mature beyond its years, and shows a band fully open to growing without borders. Buke sat down with Ryan Kennedy for an insanely wide ranging discussion surrounding the new album and we now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy. 

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Album Review: Wake — “Thought Form Descent”

Wake - Thought Form Descent

If you don’t think that Canada’s Wake are one of the most exciting bands going in metal right now, you haven’t been paying attention. From humble beginnings in the hardcore punk and grindcore scene, to ferocious blackened death metal, to blowing the doors off of formulae entirely on the immense and captivating Devouring Ruin and Confluence EP, every album this band puts out is a masterclass in artistic growth, and their latest and first for major label Metal Blade Records, Thought Form Descent, might just be my favorite thing they’ve put out yet.

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