Piss Vortex – Future Cancer
Copenhagen-based malformed grinders Piss Vortex made their presence known in 2014 when they released their hellacious self-titled debut. Piss Vortex immediately stood out among all of the grind releases that year with its disfigured, dissonant assaults that sounded like someone fed Obscura-era Gorguts through a grindcore filter. The Danish quartet return in 2016 with a new, six-track EP that keeps the ugly grind coming. Future Cancer features roughly 12 minutes of new music that expands upon the material heard on their previous full-length. “Default Face-Filtered Rot” opens up the record with a bellowing crawl before the band launch into a flurry of jagged riffs and volatile drumming. The instrumentation bends, twitches, writhes and slides all over the place and sets the stage for the rest of the EP to come. The guitars regurgitate lurching walls of dissonant chaos on the nauseating “Den Moderne Mands Lænke”, while the 32-second “Bug Chaser” unleashes bursts of mangled stop-and-start blitzes that leave the listener discombobulated. As the EP progresses, the listener will also be subjected to suffocating cacophonies, noisy dirges and angular grooves, all of which simultaneously deal out tremendous beatings and instill insurmountable vertigo. “Patterns of Repetition” closes the album with caustic, hammering grind that leads to dissonant melodies that morph into spacey stampedes. The beginning riff on “Default Face-Filtered Rot” makes an appearance here again, but the band gradually add extra layers of riffs to it for a cacophonous closure. It may just be 12 minutes long, but Future Cancer is menacing and destructive every step of the way. With this release, Piss Vortex have solidified their place as one the newer grind acts to follow.
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Den Moderne Mands Lænke” and “Patterns of Repetition”
For Fans Of: Warsawwasraw, Crowpath, The Sawtooth Grin and See You Next Tuesday
Magrudergrind – II
Brooklyn grindcore outfit Magrudergrind have returned with their first full-length record in seven years. Simply titled II, the follow-up to their 2009 self-titled full-length and the 2010 Crusher EP, shows the band returning with the same blistering, teeth-breaking grind that got them noticed in the first place. Compared to its predecessor, the 24-minute II features a slightly more polished production (albeit still scathingly raw) and is devoid of any samples or humorous quips. II is an album that gets straight to the point and aims for the throat with jaws open. Once the bestial bashing of “Imperium in Imperio” kicks off the record, the remaining 14 tracks blur by in flurry of bruising riffs. The tracks conjure vitriolic bursts of speed, mosh-worthy d-beat and powerviolence-tinged beatdowns throughout their short durations. One of the highlights of the record is the seventh track and album centerpiece, “Black Banner”. The track rides out buzzing, corrosive grooves that are ridiculously catchy and ridiculously heavy. The track’s muscular riffs are sure to inspire that one socially-awkward show attendee that stands in the back to start spin-kicking. “Black Banner” acts as the album’s midway point, separating the more groove-laden first half from the considerably more vicious and unapologetic second half. While the album may be heavier than its predecessor, it’s not really breaking new ground for grind or Magrudergrind themselves. It’s heavy-hitting and intense in all of the right places, but there’s nothing surprising or new here. But that being said, II is still a nasty little grind record for what it is.
Release Date: February 12, 2016
Label: Relapse Records
Favorite Tracks: “Black Banner”, “Divine Dictation”, “Unit 731”, “The Opportunist” and “Icaro”
For Fans Of: Wormrot, Phobia, ACxDC and Nasum