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Two piece Backslider from Philadelphia’s 2nd EP. A combo of insidiously clever riffing and brutalist stop start Hardcore Punk of the Lack Of Interest, furiously intense variety. Speed and power, progression-in-hardcore bombast. 5 years ago this would have been labelled Power Violence (perhaps it still would be?) – Backslider have that Hardcore Punk on steroids, stop/start tempo upheaval, hugely influenced by that certain West-Coast sound from the ’90s, that the lazy just love labelling something-violence. Not that it matters; Burly, crushing riffs, pounding and varied rhythms bend you into some sort of crippler cross-face, brutal tuff vocals yelled in your ear from the submission hold. Massive Drum sound battering the shit out of you, and Riffs both complex and caveman arrive and disappear before you can enjoy them. ‘Pain Rock’ is now their sound, an abstraction of Noise Rock with more Riffs and less Noise, and and I like it plenty. But this stuff, and Backslider’s material older than this, is killer shit.

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1 track, 6 song EP from local legends We Come First. Ramones-core Punk Rock for the tasteless. Very upbeat chord progressions and tight rhythms, kind-of fast and with influence pulled from stuff like The Queers, with a half-way silly, half-way pissed off sound and an inebriated swaggering vibe. There’s a little old Hardcore influence here too, particularly in the deleriosly cool vocal delivery – dude doesn’t give a fuck and clearly isn’t trying to sound like his hero Joey, and man do these songs benefit. The urgency of the vocal elevates these 6 songs about being drunk, or being hungover, or farting on people (whilst drunk); I recommend drinking 6 beers during your listening experience. What an epic.

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Pulverising one-man¬†Goregrind from Australia. Mortician worshipping, sloppy overdriven Goregrind for the devoted. Super low grunted death vocal without pitchshifters (or at least very little), hammering unwieldy Drum Machine blast parts and fast Gore grooves, with a really very downtuned and heavy Guitar/Bass sound, and super heavy slow parts reminiscent the aforementioned New York legends. Gnarled, horrible, Deathly Goregrind of the reprobate, ignorant and punk kind. Rawhead has more than one member these days – their upcoming full length ‘Spineless Pigs’ will be released on Cadaveric Dissolution records, and can be sampled here. Hideous!

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More mouldy, fungal Death Metal with members from Denmark and Turkey, oozing pus and other fluids in a slow-ish, creepy manor. 2 tracks of shambolic head bangin’, steaming Riffs melting over skeletal drumming and ghastly low vocal. Magisterial melody progressions drenched in necrotic phlegm over fast ride/slow beats, shifting tempos from the mid paced to the slightly less-mid paced, to bursts of full-speed death blast, slathered in very loud in the mix low vocal exhalations. There are surprise noodly riffs here and there too, and it’s Doom-y yet fast paced enough to remain true Death Metal. The closing galloping section of the last song, which introduces a kind of classic Heavy Metal type riff before plummeting back into the opening, deadly Guitar part for the climax, shows the kind of promise these two tracks bring. Here’s hoping for something longer next time!

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One-man Death Doom torment from Belgium. Torturing and slow, rhythmic riffs driving nails into your wrists, melodies crushed on the breaking wheel, impaled on slow working groove(ish) Guitars and hammering rhymthm section interplay, and low slow vocal doom. Long sections of repetition and a very murky, crackly production create an atmosphere of dank, heavy DEATH. Noxious, somnambulist and unsettling. Medieval methodical deathcrush. UGH. To me, this sounds like a meeting between US weirdos Black Mayonnaise and something like Winter Рsingularly driven, slow moving Death Doom for dungeon dwellers. Get squashed, sinner!

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Ripping necro Death Metal demo from the US. Opens with creepy Evil Dead dread sound, dungeon-style, then the riffs slither out of the crypt at a shamble-pace, festering low death vocals and excellent sidewinding deadly Demilich-ish riffs, and distant drums command your rotten soul to Banishment! Serpentine, crushing Death Metal that worships the Finnish masters and creates a memorably evil and disgusting Death Metal tape, with a great atmosphere, perfectly cold yet audible production and a sense of craft; there’s memorable riffs and passages all over these tracks. Fucking Killer! There’s been a real glut of great Death Metal demos over the past couple of years – this one’s right up there with the best of ’em. Buy a tape, if there’s any left!

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Sweaty Deathgrind from Ohio. Roid-retarded stomping ping snare blast beats, super low deadlift-grunt vocal and Death Metal fat Guitar sound. Burly and foul-tempered, heavy low tuned Death Metal/Grindcore idiocy, with a hint of the Gore thrown into the protein Gains ‘shake. Fattened grooves, lots of tempo variations and really tightly executed songs. Features members of Pizza Hi-Five, and will appeal to fans of theirs, and Powercup, Mortician and Hemdale. Tantalisingly short and excellent demo. Buy a tape, nerd.

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