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Video Premiere: PoonTickler – “Groin Grinder”

As the world around us descends even further and further into abject chaos and horror, there is one fact we the huddled masses can take solace in: Goregrind is pretty cool.

Enter PoonTickler. The Miami-based duo have been tickling eardrums since the release of their debut single “Choking on Menstrual Chunks” back in February. They quickly followed up with another single in May, “I Want an Ass to Fuck My Ass,” which further cemented their legacy as the band the world’s foremost generator of song titles that sound like they were made up to scare evangelical Christians.

Well, the band is back, this time with a video! The aptly titled “Groin Grinder” is a spiritual journey to the center of the mind that incorporates subtle influences from French New Wave of Cinema progenitor Jean-Luc godard. JK, it’s a fetish video. Get your licks in, you sick freaks!

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Video Premiere: BLCKHWK – “Decomposing Rotting Flesh”

We first wrote about BLCKHWK here last month, reviewing the stellar Decomposing Rotting Flesh as part of our Blast Worship series. Well the Indonesian bad boys are back, gracing us with a gore-drenched video for the album’s title track. Thee band takes direct influence from George A. Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead to make a music video featuring all four band members as inhuman zombies. In the band’s words themselves: “Even though you’re “rotten,” at least when you die, you can be useful to other living things.”

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Blast Worship: Triac

Where they from? Baltimore, Maryland.
A few years back, I finally watched the first season of HBO’s critically acclaimed The Wire and it was pretty excellent. The unfortunate thing is that due to the premise of the show being centered around phone-taps and other War on Terror-era technology, it did feel a little dated. But isn’t that so emblematic of the city in which it takes place? Baltimore as a whole has a lot of substance but it’s just that you have to dig through several crab-legged layers of shittiness and antiquity to get to it.

Why the hype?
People like to throw around the term ‘Grindviolence’ a ton nowadays, but the Triac boys have long perfected that formula for over a decade at this point. They utilize all the tools and rudiments traditionally associated with powerviolence and fast hardcore but the suffocating blast worship of drummer Jake Cregger thoroughly keeps the tempo in the red, and the overall effect of the music is more similar to Rotten Sound than it is Weekend Nachos. Basically what I’m trying to say is, THESE FUCKERS MAY BE PUNK BUT THEY KNOW HOW TO BLAST! 

Latest Release?
Pure Joy – Numb Grief-stricken Animals out now on RSRecords. Listening to this record I realize the best way to describe this band is if Unsane decided to interject every song with plentiful and eviscerating blast beats. The background of the music is pure sardonic noise/grunge but once again Jake’s drumming just decimates everything within five hundred feet of this thing. Hey, maybe if I mention his name one more time he’ll ass me on Linkedin. You hear that, Jake? WHY WONT YOU ACCEPT MY FRIEND REQUEST?

Pure Joy – Numb Grief-stricken Animals by Triac

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Blast Worship: Suffering Mind

Where they from?
Lublin, Poland. Normally I’d make a joke here about how my Mom is a Polish immigrant and has basically tortured me my whole life with it (love you, Mom!) but I just want to say how proud I am of the Polish people for handling the flood of refugees from Ukraine the way they have. There’s a lot of shitty stuff going on in the world right now but seeing the love and support they have shown to total strangers has rekindled my faith in humanity.

Why the hype?
Of all the Polish grind bands that I’ve enjoyed over the years (Antigama, Nyia, Squash Bowels, Dead Infection, that other one), Suffering Mind always held a special place in my heart. It’s just no-fucking-around, straight-to-the-gut grind that doesn’t sacrifice brutality for anything. Think of Canada’s Six Brew Bantha but with less ADHD in the songwriting department and an absolutely eviscerating guitar tone. Seriously, it’s like spitting frog venom into your earlobe in a way that only eastern European bands know how to. Crust, grind, Polska, forever.

Latest Release?
Lifeless out on 625 Thrashcore and Psycho Control Records. As much as I like the first half of this record, the second half kind of weirds me out being that it’s some strange amalgamation of spacey samples and straight-up noise. Maybe I’m just not a noise guy, but I will assure you that the first half does, in fact, fuck. Just purebred blistering Polish hategrind straight into my veins. Yes, Daddy.

Lifeless by SUFFERING MIND

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Mathcore Index Reveals Festival Lineup for 2022 Edition

Do you enjoy unusual time signatures and live in the midwest of the United States? Well boy howdy, do I have some good news for you! The fourth annual Mathcore Index fest will be held in Chicago’s Beat Kitchen on the weekend of July 9 and will feature such genre stalwarts as gif. from god, Black Matter Device, Frail Body, fallfiftyfeet and more.

Mathcore Index was created in 2009 as a digital media platform to help promote any and all heavy bands who use a calculator and the pythagorean theorem when writing their music. Prior to the monumental rise of social media, the group mostly operated through their collection of compilations The Apparatus before turning their focus more to social media, helping promote up-and-coming bands in the scene. The group started the annual festival in 2018, which has featured genre superstars such as See You Space Cowboy and the almighty Car Bomb.

The group publishes a monthly podcast ‘The Mathcast’ which focuses on all things mathcore and other adjacent genres.

Tickets for the festival are available now: 

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Blast Worship: No/Mas

Where they from? Washington D.C.
Did you know that Washington was purposefully designed to be confusing so that if any foreign army were to take it over they would have difficulty maneuvering around the city? This is at least what my dad told me when we went there when I was 12. To be quite honest, the most memorable part of that trip was a very well-timed fart my brother had in the backseat on the outskirts of Baltimore.

Why the hype?
Any dedicated follower of this column will know that we have been big No/Mas backers since they released Raiz Del Mal in 2018, an EP that easily made our year end best of list. Though ostensibly within the grindcore realm, No/Mas found its niche in its open embrace of death and thrash, having its sound fall somewhere between those early ’90s Napalm Death albums and early Misery Index. Suffice to say that they are a grind band not afraid to play with the precision and dexterity normally reserved for other less iconoclastic genres.

Latest Release?
Consume/Deny/Repent released earlier this month. This is the bands first full-length and basically encapsulates everything they did well on the prior EP’s: dynamics, groove and precision are all on full display here. The band perhaps excels the most delivering anthemic circle pit riffs such as on “Interrogation” and “Rabia.” C/D/R is a whirlwind of thrash riff mastery set to blast beats and the occasional mid-Atlantic beatdown that will bludgeon the listener into utter submission. “Where the fuck am I?” You’re in D.C., bitch.

Consume / Deny / Repent by No/Más

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Blast Worship: Whoresnation

Where they from?
Besancon, France. Besancon is considered one of the national capitals for watchmaking in France. How exactly does a town become a watchmaking capital? Does time flow better there than it does in other places? I am going to write this shit down and mail it to Jerry Seinfeld because these seem like questions he would agree were valid?

Why the hype?
I have loved Whoresnation for several years now. Between their rather stellar 2018 full-length Mephitism and their other-worldly performance at Chimpy Fest in 2019 (I swear it’s a real thing!) this band has consistently blown me away for the past four years and is pretty much my go-to for exceptional modern grindcore. I at first primarily thought of them simply as “French Insect Warfare,” but after studying their music pretty religiously for the past few years I can safely say there is a lot more to them than that, lying mostly in the twisted, discordant arpeggio’s of guitarist Lopin’s work, which simultaneously balance dark, dystopian emotions with relentless, end-of-the-world punk precision.

Latest Release?
Dearth, out now on Lixiviat Records. I know this record is good because I’ve only listened to it 7,000 times since last Thursday. The Whore boys definitely added a fair amount of death metal heft since Mephitism, adding a decent helping more punishing grooves and circle pit riffs, as well as adding depth to both the snare and guitar tone. The result is something pretty special, even in the context of what is shaping up to be one of the most powerful years for grindcore in a long time. Do yourself a favor and set your watch to grind, motherfucker.

Dearth by Whoresnation

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Blast Worship: BowelFuck

Where they from?
Prague, Czech Republic. I just told my girlfriend the name of this band and she seemed bemused. Then I played her some of their music and she actually got down with it. The family that goregrinds together, stays together apparently.

Why the hype?
The interesting thing about BowelFuck is that they actually started off as one of those European-style “Oompa” goregrind bands, which are basically all groove but with no blasts. That sound is fine when it’s done well; Cock and Ball Torture made an entire career out of it. But those bands are nowadays a dime a dozen and tend to flood YouTube with a bunch of underwhelming mid-tier releases.

This band did something interesting though in that THEY ACTUALLY STARTED PLAYING GRIND. The result is something much closer to the likes of Rotten Sound and Nasum than, say, Rompeprop but with the occasional Slipknot riff and the results are quite spectacular. It’s pretty rare to hear a band handle the groove and grind portions of this music so well, but it’s 2022 and anything can happen, baby.

Latest Release?
Appetite Comes With Killing, self-released. I rarely ever take album art into consideration when writing these things (what purpose does it serve if I’m just streaming this shit?) but I gotta ask: Why does the giant insect killing people on the cover have a perfect pair of female breasts? Is it a statement on Mother Nature reclaiming her planet from the human hordes who have defiled it? Or is it just like, you know, tiddies? I MUST KNOW!

Appetite Comes With Killing by BOWELFUCK

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Blast Worship: Gritted Teeth

Where they from?
Berlin, Germany. True story: my friend told me last year that she was moving to Berlin and I didn’t realize there was a town in New Jersey called Berlin, so I just assumed she had made a very casual decision to completely uproot her life and move 5,000 miles away. I was like “Damn, is working at Wawa really that bad?”

Why the hype?
This band is a bit of a throwback, not in terms of their sound, but in the fact that they have virtually no internet presence outside of the youtube link I’ve attached to this article. No Bandcamp, no Facebook, no LinkedIn, nothing. Normally I would pass on writing about a band so inaccessible but, goddamn, is thing impressive.

If you’re a fan of that wing of European grind bands who make a living out of being totally batshit bonkers rather than metallic (think Ona Snop, Horsebastard, Afternoon Gentlemen) then you need to check this the hell out. Only notable difference is the sense of angularity this mysterious german unit bring to the table, conjuring up images of Syntax and Agents of Abhorrence, but all within the blender of a Tasmanian devil.

Latest Release?
EP out on…YouTube? Seriously, what gives? This band is so much better than 99.99999% off the bands that actually do have a Bandcamp. I’ll be honest, part of me likes the mystery. It reminds me of 2005 where you would find some band on MySpace that only had like seven friends and three songs up but, man, did those three songs FUCKING RIP. And then you would check back a few months later and — poof — the page was gone. It’s like the devil, the greatest trick you can pull is convincing the world you don’t exist.

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Blast Worship: Genestealer

Where they from?
San Diego, California. I hate April here on the east coast, it’s the one month where I finally get pissed off at the cold weather. The frigid blasts of January and February makes sense because it’s supposed to be cold those months, but you telling me it’s gonna be 45 degrees on Easter? Go fuck yourself. Of course they never have to worry about that sort of thing in SAN FUCKING DIEGO.

Why the hype?
I need to address the elephant in the room and point out that this band’s moniker very prominently features my first name in it. It really is such an honor to have band’s pay tribute and I wish more grindcore bands did that (Gene Destroyer, Genesect Warfare, Discordance Gene, etc.)

But also, this band rules. Imagine the NorCal warehouse grind bands like Fiend and Recalcitrant but with a little more emphasis on dynamics rather than pure concrete wallop and you’ve got this band. It’s pretty refreshing to hear an American band who understand the core tenets of grind but also understand how to not make that shit BORING AS FUCK. We like riffs around here; they are KING.

Latest Release?
Population=Food. Seriously though, this band really excels at memorable mid-paced riffs between all the frenetic blasting and d-beats that are also somehow as heavy AND melodic as possible. “Synaptic Cult,” “Blistered Consciousness” and album closer “Chestburst” all feature some very prominent and memorable sewer punk riffage that is just as haunting as it is eviscerating. My only criticism is they didn’t incorporate my name into the album title (“Population=Gene” would have been my suggestion).

Population=Food by Genestealer

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