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VARIOUS ARTISTS  Grind Bastards II  CD   (Grave)   11.98
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Chew from Corrupted is back with the second installment in his series of underground grindcomps that he has been releasing through his GRAVE/Grindfreaks imprint, and if you thought the first one was a serious blastfeast, wait till you get a load of the insane shit that he has collected for this disc. There are a ton of Japanese grindcore bands of every shape and form on here, with one U.S. band thrown in for cultural diplomacy: Mortalized, Butcher ABC, Insect Warfare, Gibbed, Disgust, Gate, Motiveless, Little Bastards, Breed, Top Breeder, Red, 48, Unbiased, Spiral, Gods Of Grind, Exgreed, Fortitude, Black Ganion, and Unholy Grave all contributing exclusive material. Some of my favorite tracks on here: the opening track from Mortalized called "Nailing Descartes To The Wall", which is actually a cover of political pop-punkers Propagandhi done up hyperspeed grind style - awesome! Butcher ABC serve up a steaming chunk of their trademark surreal goregrind with bizarre layered vocals and crushing midpaced riffing; the one track from Gibbed is an insanely noisy low-fi blast of old school grind that sounds like it was recorded on a broken boombox and then hurled down an elevator shaft before mastering it for this compilation; Gate bring another one of their awesomely wonky, vaguely Discordance Axis style slices of jagged, angular grind; Motiveless blend together epic, almost black metal style riffs with snarling garbled vocals and blazing blastbeats on their two tracks; Red interjects their low-fi grind with blats of fierce Merzbow/Pain Jerk style noise; Spiral's weird, industrial-noise tinged crust; Black Ganion's killer fusion of prog and early Napalm Death; and last but not least, another new jam from Unholy Grave, who drop a monster splat of Motorhead-paced noisecrust complete with Takaho's bizarre vocal noises and singing style. Hell yes. The recordings for many of the bands can get pretty raw and blown-out, and there's alot of tracks that sound like the bands had someone like Masami Akita mixing their songs for maximum blown-out ear destruction. So if you like yer Japanese grindcore fast, freaked out, and noisier than hell, you'll have much to feast yer ears on here. The disc is packaged in the series' trademark foldout poster sleeve with artwork and info from each of the bands.


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