Seagullneedsafriend is a terrible band name, one which is probably an inside joke. Now that’s out of the way, here we have 5 tracks of noisy Mince/Grind from this US two piece. This little EP is equally grooved-out, Mincecore stomp and heinous Gory Noisegrind. The Guitar is echo-y as hell, but with a sharp razorwire edge, which is most notable in the stampede palm-muted Mince sections. The Drums are very Punk, with lots of D beats and Polka-Mince slowing things down between the blast beats and the vocal combines shrieks, super burly lows and Hardcore type shouts. The recording quality has that always desirable 4 track tape sound, making everything sound a little distant but steaming and harsh. Pissed, fun, and most importantly stompy as a rhinoceros. An excellent blend of repellent sounds!
Raw Mincecore from Seattle’s Peristalsis. 5 live recorded tracks of dank 4 track Mincecore filth, with a nice mix of blast beats and Polka-Mince beats, howling crusty Guitars and high/low Grindcore vocal. Raw, punk, aggressive and very brief. There’s a kind of Goregrind flavor in the Guitar slop and buzz, but really I’d say this stuff is more on the stomping, stripped down, crusty Mince side of things. Reminds me of Rot, Agathocles or Subcut. Totally rad demo, it would be nice to hear a full release or split from these dudes because this one’s full of promise.
Mince/Grind/Gore split from Reekorrhoea from Canada and Pyemesis from Ireland, both one man projects. Pyemesis serves up 7 tracks of pulverising, obese Goregrind, with barely audible groovy riffs, hammering programmed Drums and retching howling vocal, and pathological samples. Quite straight forward, but well executed nonetheless, with a massive, destroyed production. Unfortunately, the Pyemesis side of the split is currently unavailable to download, but stream it for now until you can get hold of a physical copy. Eric, the maniac behind these sounds, is also responsible for the more Carcass-y Hydropneumothorax, and is currently in a hole learning to play blast beats so he can ditch the Drum machine and crack on with a new project, so get stoked on that! Also, i’ve included the artwork from the Pyemesis Bandcamp page for this release, however this image will not be the artwork for the physical release. Reekorrhoea, one of Andy Ringdahl’s myriad and nefarious Gore/Mince/Noise projects, here delivers 7 ropey, stripped down MinceGore clotheslines. Unweildy Drum machine bludgeon, echo-y buzzing Guitar and/or Bass trauma and gurgled, inbred vocal grunt. Admittedly there’s nothing new from Andy here, but that doesn’t stop me diggin’ his obsession with creating totally backward, punk as fuck Goregrind/Mincecore/Noisecore devastation. Great split.
Jucifer are a notorious Noise Rock/Doom/Sludge two piece from the States with a fairly large and varied discography. This release is a Grindcore Karaoke re-issue of an older cassette, remastered by Scott Hull and given a cover. This is one of my favourite Grindcore Karaoke releases, showcasing Jucifer at an early, primal stage in their evolution. Muddy, murky Noise Rock/Sludge with sombre melodies buried in waves of distorted, buzzed-out Guitar and thunderous Drums. The restrained vocal performance of Amber Valentine is caustic and pained, and perfectly reflects the burnt out Hippy nihilism of Jucifer’s world. The production, although cleaned up and fleshed out somewhat, still maintains a gnarly 4 track sound, perfectly capturing Jucifer’s emotionally brutal, heavy vibe. Down-tempo, miserable, crushing, primordial. The ‘liner notes’ written by Valentine offer an insight into an era when the band truly suffered for their art; it’s a nice touch. An important part of Jucifer’s history, showing them at arguably their grimiest, most minimalist and ‘Punk’. Essential!
Recent split between Captain Three Leg and comedian Mean Dave. To cover the Mean Dave side of this split, I will preface by saying I’m not a huge fan of stand up comedy as it is; in general I find most stand up too forced and situational to really enjoy. However I won’t go as far as to say I dislike the Mean Dave side. These two recordings from separate nights highlight Mean Dave’s mean, confrontational and self deprecating comedy styling. It actually makes a nice change for a split to be a pairing of music and comedy, and the novelty isn’t lost. The Captain Three Leg side of the split is why I’m here; reworkings of Andy’s earlier Ottumwa Punk band Unisex. Humorous, personal lyrics belted out over barnstorming, curb stomping Hardcore augmented with lots of blast beats. These tracks have a kinetic urgency and fun vibe, with plenty of hooky Guitar lead lines, lots of mid tempo parts and even clean(ish) vocal here and there. It’s awesome to hear the Captain resurrect these youthful, snotty tunes, and shoot them up with their current beefy, manic Hardcore sound. This is some of the catchiest, melodic Captain Three Leg material released, and easily their most straight up Punk Rock sounding stuff. If you’ve enjoyed their recent run of Hardcore flavored records you’ll love this one.
Dethroned Emperor is a Death/Grind two piece from the States. This short 2 track release is blistering, harsh Death Metal/Grindcore, with a really beefy Guitar tone, savage low vocal howl and thrashy, punky blast beats. Dark, raging and monumental. An obvious comparison can be made to Assuck, however I feel Dethroned Emperor have a far more loose, punk delivery. More comparison can be drawn with bands like Misery Index or Death Metal like Incantation or Malevolent Creation. I enjoy Deathgrind when the elements sit comfortably together; too melodic and it may as well be heavier, slower and deathy-er(?), too sloppy and It may as well go full frontal Grindcore. I do find though that Dethroned Emperor do a good balancing act on this release though, with enough savagery and riff to warrant the mix of sounds. Their later stuff leans too hard on 90’s Death Metal for me; this one is excellent though. Cool artwork too.
Whirr are a Shoegaze/Post Punk band from California. ‘Distressor’ is 7 tracks of reverb drenched Shoegaze, slow, metronomic and introverted. Very loud, overdriven Guitars roll out over minimalist Drums, with echoed out, tonal vocal. There’s also Synth to be found here and there, augmenting the beautiful Guitar and Vocal melodies. The songs are catchy and surprisingly driven; there actually isn’t a lot of Ambient meandering on this record, with most tracks in forward momentum, even if at a slow pace. Lush and rewarding, if somewhat melancholic. Being not all that familiar with Shoegaze besides the big names, I would have a hard time comparing this to anything other than My Bloody Valentine; the Guitar is very noisy, blown out and massive sounding, and the record does has a very Doom and Gloom sound and aesthetic. A very enjoyable, meditative listen.