5 Grindcore Records You Probably Didn’t Buy in 2010

The following are five noteworthy records released this year that I heard almost nothing about. Were it not for my love of discovering new music, I wouldn’t have known to get these. I had to really think about 5 good grind records from this year, as it seemed a sad year for new grind releases. Ok, here they are, in no particular order.

Chainsaw to the Face EP

This record was put out by a self-proclaimed grind-hating label. I’ve known about CTTF for a handful of years now, due to their relatively close proximity to my area, knowing friends of their friends, and having played a few shows with them, so I had my eye out for this once I heard that it would come to be. This EP has 19 tracks of grind with a slight but unmistakable powerviolence edge to it. In the last year or so, the band finally rounded out their lineup with what seems a permanent bass player, and it has had quite the positive effect on their songwriting. The vocals remind me a little of Assuck. The band also had a split 7″ with Backslider and a discography CD come out this year, but this material is my favorite so far.


Looking For An Answer- La Caceria EP

This EP demonstrates a band turning over a new leaf. I always had a thing for these crazy vegan grinders from Spain, despite the somewhat-disappointing Extincion album. Everything that was good about the aforementioned LP is on this EP, and they managed to shed the repetitiveness and predictability of the songs a little bit, not to mention, they sped things up even further. This EP houses 3 new tracks and a Repulsion cover, which is shockingly fast. I recall reading somewhere out there online that LFAA recorded these 4 tracks when they heard Relapse was looking for some fresh meat (that pun might have been intentional.) The story went that the original recording was somewhat more raw in production than this final product, but either way, it’s good enough for me! These guys really put the speed in on this recording.


SMG/ LT. Dan split 7″

Granted this record just came out a few weeks ago, so there hasn’t been much time for it to proliferate, but I felt the need to include it in here anyway. This isn’t my favorite of all time of either band, but both are solid nonetheless. SMG can do no wrong in my book. They could record a double LP of Mariah Carey songs and I’d probably buy 2 copies and post in this blog about it. They offer up 5 tracks of the same noisy wall-blasting grind/noise/violence as we’ve become accustomed to. LT. Dan give up 6 tracks on their side of a blend of mince, gore, and crusty grind. The LT. Dan tracks are refreshingly fast for a self-described “mince” band. This record has great artwork that is also humorous, although the jacket and print quality could have been a little better.


Devastation of Life EP

It pains me that this band is relatively unheard of. I wish there were more grind bands with this sound, like early-career Nasum before they got too metal. The only bad thing I have to say about this record is that it has a sample to introduce almost every song, which drives me crazy, but at least their choices are somewhat tasteful, and avoid “cool” sounding stuff in favor of more relevant social, political, and environmental issues. The bass really snarls through on this recording, and the vocals are a harsh bark, neither of which are a problem for me! The band self-released this, so I’m sure they’ve still got plenty of copies.


Archagathus/ Putrescence split 7″

I even had a hard time finding a cover image of this one. I contacted the label about this record when I first caught word that it was out, and got no response. The only reason I knew this was out was because I learned about it from the Prince of Mince himself. Putrescence got blackout drunk in the studio before recording their tunes for this. You can expect some gore-tinged death-metal-breath grindcore beast on their side. The Archagathus tracks are from the same session as their material on the Sakatat split, which just happens to be my favorite. If you’re unfamiliar with Archagathus, I recommend that you get acquainted with them right now. They are the band that Agathocles wishes they still were. That’s right, Archagathus has surpassed their bastard grandfather of a band.

11 Comments:

  1. Excellent catches, and yesI totally agree about Archagathus surpassing Agathocles, I should be any day soon be getting my interview with Archagathus concluded which should be good.
    I also recommend checking out KRLJA Grind World Order.

  2. not to be pedantic dick (ok just a little) but the lfaa record came out last year.

    http://grindandpunishment.blogspot.com/2009/12/g-review-looking-for-answer.html

    but i totally have a note from my mom excusing me for not buying the other four. though that devastation of life album intrigues me.

    it seems to be the consensus 2010 sucked ass for grind. flesh monolith said the same thing and pulling together my end of year list for next week was a total bitch. it's been a pretty meh year all around.

  3. I think for albums it has been a terrible year, but not so for eps and splits, there are plenty of semi decent ones out there, literally dozens but not quite ultra high kick ass sort of material.

  4. Heres a incomplete list, but stuff I have listened to and enjoyed thus far this year and which also aren't albums.
    Flourishing – A Momentary sense of the immediate world.
    Utopium – Conceptive Prescience.
    Aborted – Coronary Reconstruction
    Moncho Cabrera – Demo
    Extreme Noise Terror & Slang
    Set to Destruct EP
    Extinction of Manking / In Disgust
    Black Breath = Heavy Breathing
    Humming Bird of Death / Sidetracked.
    In Disgust / PLF
    Haiyano Daisuki
    Looking for an Answer & Ratos deParao
    Fleshgod Apocalypse – Mafia EP
    Archagathus – Mincecore Fever
    Rotten Sound – Napalmed
    Machetazo – Necrovered
    Livet Som Insats
    That is probably about a 3rd of them just went through my most played of 2010 from 2010, and it listed them in Alphabetical order.
    If you want any of them send me an email, and I shall send them your way.

  5. I didn't know that Extinction of Mankind record existed! Nor the Extreme Noise Terror split. I want to get both of them. Do you have any idea where I can order them from? Also that LFAA 10" is really good, I just got that a few weeks ago.

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