Transient – Transient

Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new self titled debut LP from Transient, released via Six Week Records.

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Track Listing:
1. Bottom Feeder
2. Goad
3. False Philanthropy
4. Narcissus Nemesis
5. Sustain the Yoke
6. Antipositivism
7. Praying Mantic
8. Waste Not
9. Cataphora
10. Pythia Misunderstood
11. The Shape of Grind to Come
12. Positivism
13. Big Man Plick
14. Snoop Scion
15. Swallowing Androcles
16. Van Grinder

I couldn’t really think of an intro to this so I think I am going to be feminist here and tell you how much  I love women in Grind,  the women of  Grindcore are  amazing.  They’ve been part of bands   like Fuck the Facts(Mel Mongeon)  and Cloud Rat(Madison Marshalls ) who have   changed the dynamics of the genre and have proven that grind can be used to evoke deep emotions  other than chaos and anger , such as loss, pain and the ensuing grief. Additionally bands like Lycanthropy (Zdisha) and Cretin (Marissa Martinez) have given some really tight, intense straightforward grind. Damn it! I love all you women of grind! You are really are awesome! Don’t let chauvinist assholes let you down.. I love you all so much that I would buy you all drinks at a bar!!!… ok maybe not but I still love you! and to celebrate  that love I am going to review a female fronted grind band today! A band called Transient.

 

 

Transient are a four piece from Portland consisting of Krysta Martinez(Vocals) Jesse Shreibman ( Drums) ,Stefan Thompson (Guitar) and Adam Wilson(Bass). Transient have a very diverse sound,   one that mixes, blast beat driven grindcore, crushing Nails like metallic hardcore and simple crust/hardcore that blends the skank/ D- beat with   chord driven guitar riffs.  Although this is the crux of the band’s sound, in some cases one can hear a bit of stoner, yes stoner!!  Like in the starting of False Philosophy or at the start and end of Sustain the Yoke. At a few places the band adds some tech grind which can be seen in the song Narcissus Nemesis and Positivism SFP Opt.1. All of these features work for the band’s benefit, and these guys are able to bring a lot of fresh and interesting ideas  to the table   and  mesh them rather well, which of course makes them sound unique and different, and makes them do something that very few bands are able to achieve. In effect, to be playing a form of  grind that is catchy,  but still able to maintain the brutality and harshness of the genre, and this is honestly  something  that only Six Brew Bantha  have been able to do( these guys are one of my favorite bands by the way).  This is in fact quite remarkable if you ask me. On the negative side they do need to be a tad more aggressive, and only by a very slight measure that is indeed a very small gripe that I have with the band.

So in the end Transient turned out to be another female fronted grind band that I ended up loving!  I think these guys are fantastic and if this is what they have produced the future can only be brighter and more brutal!!  Indeed this band is another reason why I love all the women of Grind!!

PS. I would like to give a shout out to my friend Kylie Ackerson who used to be a woman of grind! She played in a pornogrind band called Rimjob but now she’s a thrasher, Kylie you are awesome!!!

 

 

Mumakil – Flies Will Starve

Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new album from Mumakil titled Flies Will Starve, released via Relapse Records.

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Tracklist:
01 – Death From Below
02 – Dawn Of Slugs
03 – War Therapist
04 – Fucktards Parade
05 – Built Of Lies
06 – Shit Reminders
07 – Designed To Fail
08 – Get Exorcised
09 – Fresh Meat For The Grinder
10 – Repudiate
11 – Army Of Freaks
12 – Hailing Regression
13 – Cockroaches
14 – Wrong Turn
15 – Let The World Burn
16 – Piss Off (Part 2)
17 – Waste By Definition
18 – Unfair For Whom
19 – Bring Them To Ruin
20 – Begging For The Obvious
21 – Redline
22 – Blind Disciples
23 – Betrayer
24 – Behind The Mask

Mumakil are actually mythical creatures, from the ever so constantly cited Lord of the  Rings trilogy. Gigantic  elephant like creatures to be precise, and with that in mind you’d probably think Mumakil to be a folk or power metal  band,  but things are not always as they seem now are  they?

Mumakil are a four piece from Geneva, Switzerland consisting of the extremely talented Kevin Foley on drums who has also played with other renowned bands like Sepultura, Benighted and Nervecell. Then we have Jeje on Guitars, Thomas on bass and  Benjamin Droz on vocals. The style of music that these guys play pretty much falls within the periphery of deathgrind, although their sound is very reminiscent of modern deathgrind bands like Plague Widow or Murder Construct, they are still sound close to the roots of the genre. Mumakil have all the elements that a really sick, brutal deathgrind band should have. Blazing fast hyperblast beats (probably some of the fastest I have heard) that take the speed of the genre to the next level, thick, juicy guitar riffs that have that death metal punch that bring a smile to my face, and some pretty intense growls as well.

But then what really brings this band down (well for me at least) is the songwriting or the excess of it, I like my grind really tight , really fast and to move swiftly  from one part of the song to the next without any kind of warning , without smooth  transitions and that’s just something that thrills me every time I listen to it. It’s like an awesome roller coaster ride  that I want to get on again and again, and I am able to find this in most of the subgenres including the two bands I have mentioned above. With their latest “Flies will starve” Mumakil  have got the first two things laid down pretty well but it’s the third thing that’s  the problem,   everything just seems so calculated, so intricate  so well planned  that  much of the chaos  which  I look for in the genre seems lost.  It just feels as if there is just too much emphasis on structure, on deciding what will come next and that simply shoots down the raw emotion that can be associated with this style. Although there are the tracks Fucktards Parade and Repudiate that do manage to create that feeling but they are too few to count. In fact this band is so mechanically precise they make Noisear sound like Anal cunt.

Alas Mumakil this time does not prove to be the gigantic elephant it was meant to be, but I do hope they return next time with an album that will blast my face off .

Stream the entire album right here:

Lord Dying – Summon the Faithless

Mohammad Kabeer reviews the debut album from Lord Dying titled Summon the Faithless, released via Relapse Records.

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1. In a Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment (5:10)
2. Summoning the Faithless (4:43)
3. Greed Is Your Horse (4:41)
4. Descend into External (4:53)
5. Dreams of Mercy (4:58)
6. Perverse Osmosis (4:03)
7. Water Under a Burning Bridge (4:52)
8. What Is Not…Is (6:33)

Relapse Records have played a huge role in supporting the contemporary sludge metal scene. All of the great bands that today’s generation associates sludge with have been a part of this roster. Baroness, Kylesa, Mastodon and of course the band which partly sowed the seeds of this genre, Neurosis, comes to mind. Another band, which has now joined these names, is Lord Dying.

Lord Dying is a four piece from Portland Oregon, and their music can be best described as simple straightforward sludge metal and that’s pretty much it really. These guys take the best from what’s already been done and apply it to a much more simpler, a somewhat more mid tempo format. There are tracks here that do flirt with other genres such as Greed is your Horse, which sounds like a cross between something Portal would do and traditional doom, and Perverse Osmosis, the starting of which is very powerviolence-ish , but  mostly  the band stays directly under the shadow of sludge.

However that being said, they do stay firmly attached to their roots. For this album  has everything a good sludge metal, should  have ,  really dirty heavy guitar riffs, a very detailed yet heavy drum sound,  and  changing dynamics  between  massive guitar chugs and a more overdriven hard rock style, which makes this a fun album. Although not revolutionary by any means, this will definitely stay in my playlist for those times when I want to hear something a bit off kilter than the usual grind routine. I wouldn’t really recommend this to people who are new to sludge but avid sludge fans should definitely lap this up.

Stream the entire album below

A mid year reflection: Mohammad Kabeer’s Best albums of 2013

Two months into 2013 i was absolutely gutted. I was dumbfounded by the sheer lack of good metal this year. Probably so because i did not do the required amount of digging and unearthing that i usually do. Yet again i was plain upset compared to the spate of brilliant releases that dotted (quite frequently) the previous year, and nothing of the like this time around. All said and done, the fact remains that metal will come through come what may. And that is precisely what happened. It was time for a second session of dumbfoundedness, only this time, spurred on by the sheer quality of good releases, i seem to have ignored all long.

Well with that in mind, along with the rest of the (active)writers on board, we’ve decided to put up our own little mid year best-of lists. Also hopeful are we, to the fact, that you guys might stumble on something new in the process as well.

Mohammad Kabeer, the man of Grind has just sent me through, this little list. He’s a lazy half ass, but yet still one of the best men in the country for all the latest grind and hardcore. A genre that is still really to catch on around here. Read on!

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All right here goes!

 1. Disciples of Christ/TRIAC split

Great DOC owns this split right here creating some really fast grind that is pure aural destruction. It is unstoppable. TRIAC is not far behind, although much more predictable but still raw and brutal

 

2. Nails – Abandon all Hope

A pretty decent follow up to their last album not as epic but still a lot of fun!

 

3. Sex prisoner – State property (EP)

Sex Prisoner make a triumphant return after a pretty dismal split with Magnum Force and ACxDC sounding a lot heavier, almost falling into the category of Entombedcore.

 

 4. Inter Arma – Sky Burial

Fantastic album which refuses to fall into any category, if you haven’t heard it HEAR IT NOW!

 

5. Seven sisters of Sleep – Opium Morals

Just really thick and punishing Sludge/hardcore that just makes me bang my head without fail, every single time!

 

6. Full of Hell – Rudiments of Mutilation

Full of Hell make their mark this year with a really experimental hardcore album that refuses to play to the gallery

 

7. Fuck the facts – Amer (EP)

As always these guys know their grind and do what they know best! To shock and awe!! Do what no one else can. Definitely a must listen!

 

8. Rotten Sound – Species at War

Rotten Sound still sounding heavy and a letting go of their robot like precision which makes this record sound much more raw in terms of playing.

 

9. NVRD – Coma

Some great catchy hardcore in the vein of converge.

 

 10. All Pigs must Die – Nothing Violates this Nature

Another great hardcore/sludge album. A lot faster and kinda like fusing High on Fire or Black Tusk with hardcore.

 

11.Call of the Void – Dragged Down a Dead End Path

Awesome old school grind mixed with a slight touch of technicality!

 

All Pigs Must Die – Nothing Violates This Nature

Mohammad Kabeer reviews the new record from All Pigs Must Die titled Nothing Violates This Nature, released via Southern Lord.

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Artwork by Aaron Turner of Isis fame. Damn! This is good!! Follow his artwork on his personal blog called the Feral Pig.

TRACKLIST:
01. Chaos Arise
02. Silencer
03. Primitive Fear
04. Bloodlines
05. Of Suffering
06. Holy Plague
07. Aqim Siege
08. Sacred Nothing
09. Faith Eater
10. Articles Of Human Weakness

I remember talking about this band  called  All Pigs Must Die to a friend on Facebook Chat, telling him that it is really brutal and crushing and all the other adjectives used to describe  music like this, funny thing is he typed on YouTube and instead came up  with  a soft  yet haunting  Neofolk song by Death in June. Both of us laughed  at this  and then I ultimately  gave him the link  to the title track  from their  album God is War  with which  he was indeed very impressed, so was I, but somehow  although liking their music  I didn’t   really follow the  band because at that time I was into things that were a lot faster a lot more chaotic, like Grindcore, or early Powerviolence. I am really glad that I am getting the opportunity now because this is seriously something, which is not to be missed.

All pigs must die is a sludge/hardcore band from Massachusetts, their sound can be  best described as   sludge  mixed with hardcore  along with  some elements of Death Metal. Mostly so in the tremolos  which  occur in between the primal raw sludge/hardcore carnage,  which are  very  similar to the ones in Swedish and Finnish Death  Metal  bands  like Entombed and Dismember. These  can be  best exemplified in Chaos Arise, Silencer, Primitive Fear and  Aqim Siege, which takes the metal element  one step  above as the band adds   death metal distortion which is  matched to  medium  tempo double bass, a trademark characteristic of old school death metal. Even though there sound is pretty wholesome as it is,  the slower tracks like  Bloodlines, which starts with a very  middle eastern sounding guitar and later evolves into a slow  Integrity like Hardcore, and Of suffering which has a very strong  funeral doom vibe and in a few other ways reminds me of Triptykon. This lends a a certain charisma to the album, and also  offer  some breathing space in between all the  slaughter.

So when all is said and done, all I can say is All Pigs Must die know exactly what  they want to be  but don’t   shy away from   experimenting ,  yet  know what and where their roots are.  This is a great album that I thoroughly enjoyed, here’s  hoping for more from them in the future.