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VARIOUS ARTISTS  Grind Bastards III  CD   (Grave)   11.98
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The third entry in the ongoing Grind Bastards series of Japanese grindcore compilations is here, and fans of the previous installments will find just as much brutal underground blast violence to sink their teeth into as before. One thing you can always count on with these compilations is that even the more straightforward bands are still going to shred in a big way, 'cuz nobody grinds quite like the Japanese. And we get loads of it on here, as well as a couple of left-field entries that keep you on yer toes as you navigate your way through these twenty-six chunks of hyperspeed chaos.

There's the wickedly rickety and noise-riddled grindpunk of Little Bastards, who deliver two songs with one of the weirdest snare drum sounds ever on the song "Killed By Justice", and the furious death metal tinged Napalm Death-worship of Magnicide. Then comes the mighty Mortalized, who you might remember for contributing the best song on the last Grind Bastards comp...here they deliver another two tracks of their warped Discordance Axis-esque grind, not as melodic as their last appearance, but still very fucking cool and with some really oddball guitar sounds. Butcher ABC (who feature members of C-Blast faves C.S.S.O. !) follow 'em with two new songs of low-fi, gruesome and seriously ROCKING garage-grind, and then Cortecuellos come in with a cover of Anal Cunt's "Don't Call Japanese Hardcore Japcore". Brob do the gutteral old-school grind thing with tons of energy, crushing riffage and some choice D-beat drumming, and Fortitude tear through a ferocious minute and a half blast of noise-damaged blurr called "Ptomaine Poisoning", followed by Bleeding Humanity, who delivers three tracks of punky old-school grind a la S.O.B. and Napalm Death.

It's been awhile since I've heard anything new from D.I.E., whose insane mix of hyperfast thrashcore and pure Merzbowian noise is always invigorating; they offer up two new ones here, "Aberchus" and "Overheat Mountain" for a total of two and a half minutes of brain-melting blurr. Kutsujoku are a new name to me, but their epic grind is some of the cathciest on here, with some traditional heavy metal elements peeking through their buzzing distorto blast. Deadly Spawn serve up the comp's longest track, the almost five minute "Omnipotence Is Impotence" that adds some proggy guitar noodling and complexity to their otherwise barbaric grind, and Zagio Evha Dilegj contributes the comp's most insane vocal performance with their singer's impersonation of a Hoover vacuum over their complex chaotic blasting. Though maybe that award should go to Takaho from Unholy Grave; their "Cruel Terror" closes this out with another one of their instantly catchy and punky grind anthems, with Takaho's wonky Jello Biafra-in-a-wind-tunnel delivery cranking up the weirdometer as we hit the door.

As with the first two discs in this series, there's always one band that stands out from the rest with a style that's so weird and freaked out that they instantly become my new favorite grind band. In this case, though, the band in question can't even be described as grind, or even metal, for fuck's sake. Manchild comes out of nowhere right in the middle of the disc with "Ghoul Gurumand", a pulsating old-school industrial number, and follows that up with a pummeling industrial remix of Unholy Grave's "Broken In Pieces", complete with blasts of gabba drum programming and sheets of noise. Ever wonder what Unholy Grave would sound like after being run through Wax Trax? Here's your answer.

Like the rest of the series, the disc comes in a large foldout sleeve with band info and artwork.


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