REVIEWS VI: EXPULSION, ALL OUT WAR, GLOOMY GRIM, GRAVE PLAGUE


 EXPULSION- NIGHTMARE FUTURE (RELAPSE)



                   "More Repulsion.” – Mick Harris, Napalm Death
Just a small uttering in Napalm Death’s Live Corruption VHS from Mr. Harris, had me rushing to the records stores to find Master, Swans, Deathstrike, Pentagram and most notably, Repulsion. Hailed as one the true roots of grindcore, their lone full-length, Horrified is held in the highest regard and has been since 1986, when the demo’s volcanic sounds blazed on cassette and were traded across the globe. NIGHTMARE FUTURE is the debut from EXPULSION, Repulsion guitarist Matt Olivo’s new group, designed to recapture the sound and possibly consider it the rightful follow-up 30+ years later. It’s an awesome in-your-face grinding whirlwind, authentic to the original sound and is already crushing my car speakers on a daily basis. However, with only one original member, the push toward it being an official sophomore release feels more like they’re a brand new band rather than totally connected to its predecessor.
That’s not a bad thing. This album is a top-notch, 100mph rager and is destined to dwell in this year’s top-best list. The band also features Danny Walker (Phobia), Menno Verbaten (Lightning Swords of Death) and vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed), who deserves a big sack of chocolates, doobies, and rare demo cassettes, for his throat shredding performance.



         ALL OUT WAR – GIVE US EXTINCTION (ORGANIZED CRIME)



It’s 2000 and I’m in Pennsauken, NJ attending day 2 of the March Metal Meltdown. This incarnation of the fest was moved from Asbury Park for some reason and was hampered by violence, bad sound, bad scheduling etc, as was many of these kinds of shindigs. In a basketball court, two stages were constructed side-by side, with a patrician to keep the sounds apart while 2 bands simultaneously played. 


                                     (photo by Aga Hairesis)


 As aggravating as it sounds, it was even more aggravating when I made my way toward the stage to hear better, only to be kicked in the side of the head by a gymnast/kung fu backpacker. This was, however, a wake up call. I didn’t know the hardcore band that was playing, but their music took me over. It was All Out War, and they made such an impression I bought a windbreaker, which I still have to this day (although there isn’t any image on it anymore). Fast forward to today and All Out War have a new stack of metalcore pummeling for your face/side of head to be kicked. This bunch of tunes secures their sound and still has them atop of the hardcore hall of fame (metalcore wing) alongside, Hatebreed, and Turmoil. Breakdowns to break your neck and circle pit madness surely will ensue. Gymnast’s score: 9, 10, 9 and 9.


GLOOMY GRIM- FUCK THE WORLD/WAR IS WAR! (SATHANAS)

I’ve heard of Gloomy Grim by way of Bill Zebub’s Grimoire and metal documentaries and I’ve never really heard his music until now. It’s industrial/symphonic black metal on par with other industrial black sounds I’ve encountered.. Some of this sounds like Morbid Angel’s industrial/soundtrack music with screaming black metal vocals. Other songs sound a bit like Marilyn Manson. There is a movie feel, as well as church bells and evil chanting. This will annoy your uptight metalhead friends.

GRAVE PLAGUE – THE INFECTED CRYPTS DEMO ALBUM (GIVE PRAISE)



Doom, death, grind, and black reign on this quick little crushing slab of cob-web encrusted, twin-guitar, this-should-be-from-Sweden metal. Peppered with dual guitar leads, the two songs on this are godly enough to push (or click) that repeat button, and leave it there. Entombed vocals, At the Gates drumming, Heavy Metal pedal tone, all knobs cranked to the right. For fans of Dismember and Benediction.

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