Teo Marcelo is art geek from Ukraine. He is a passionate rock- and movie-lover since childhood and has a profound knowledge in this topics.
I think no one expected to see this Goregrind tribe of cannibals as much as 3 positions in my top. Just like Xysma, it remains in the shadow of its more famous genre congeners. For all the time the band has recorded only 2 albums and a lot of demos, EPs and splits. As in the case of Carcass, Impetigo specializes in gore and severed limbs and all other similar horrors, but in this one they got even closer to low-budget horror films, using audio-samples from cult B-movies as interludes to their songs. Italian film by Ruggero Deodato "Cannibal Holocaust" had a very big influence on them. Musically, the guys played a solid Goregrind with an abundance of inventive musical moves. The mood of the music is really cannibalistic, so to speak. In the albums, the choice is small, therefore I will point to the most famous and remarkable "Ultimo Mondo Cannibale" (1990), with bloodthirsty anthropophages on the cover, referring to the abovementioned film. The original graphic version of the art was generally rejected due to excessive brute force with guts, bones and scenes of sexual violence. On this release, what I liked the most was the muffled drums that sound like the heartbeat of a man fleeing bloodthirsty primitives.
II. Discordance Axis
The time for the old has gone, it’s time for more modern. Personally, I associate Discordance Axis with trying the familiar classic Grindcore transform in an art project. For some reason I am convinced that the fans of this band are from the same tribe, or at least similar to the intellectual fans of Deftones and Tool. The same original approach to every song on the album, but usually no more than 2 minutes. The writing style resembles the psychedelic poetic images of the Deftones, only if they are accelerated several times and performed in a constant scream. Unlike other Grindcore bands, Discordance Axis recordings are always clean in sound and performance. Everything was played in a different way technically and at a high level of instrumental skill. For some reason, the music even smacks of math-core and its hysterical performance. Groundbreaking for modern Grind is Discordance Axis (1999) album "The Inalienable Dreamless", whose cover with blue skies and clouds both conjured up indie rock associations and shocked deceived listeners who first turned on such a high-speed Grind.
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I. Napalm Death
It was a deliberately calculated choice, not even from the banal rule of exclusion, but due to the fact that arguing that anyone in the entire history of Grind has created at least something bigger than the founders of this genre themselves, the great and terrible Napalm Death, is practically pointless. They created everything and developed their own style, eventually moving into Deathgrind, which they also created, then falling into the category of Death and Groove Metal, then returning back to Deathgrind. There are so many variations, so many discoveries and experiments. For Grind, Napalm Death are the same as Metallica for Thrash Metal, or Death, as it is not obvious, for Death Metal. It is highly inappropriate to pickle here. You just need to take it and listen, having felt on yourself all this anti-corporate, non-conformist energy of nihilism and protest resistance. The first two albums in the original Grindcore style are considered golden classics behind the eyes: “Scum” (1987) and "From Enslavement to Obliteration" (1988) – with an engraved artwork and an even more inhuman sound. However, I also highly, if not even higher, rate them in every sense, the phenomenal modern albums of the 10’s "Utilitarian" (2012) and "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" (2015). It is quite possible to check out the last album of the musicians released last year. Very good, although it does not reach the level of the previous two.
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I hope this article series serve as a useful and most importantly fascinating source of starting information for those wishing to delve into the stormy ocean of pure, uncontrollable energy called Grindcore. Good luck, and see you next time, your faithful servant Teo Mercelo.
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