Friday, June 10, 2011

The Albums That Got Me Into Grind: Vii Caso(Hiroshima Vacation)

Napalm Death - Scum
How fitting that the first grindcore album I ever heard is the one generally credited for spawning the genre. This album was given to me from a friend of mine on X-mas a long ass time ago. I was into heavy music at that time, but the heaviest thing I was listening to were bands like Slayer and Pantera. So when I first heard this album, I don't think I got passed the first 3 songs before I turned it off. I hated it, I mean I really hated it. To me at that time it was just noise, but gradually as I kept pulling it out and listening to it I gradually started to appreciate it more and more. Until eventually I could listen to it with genuine enjoyment. It's what started my interest in grind; researching it and finding more bands. It opened the flood gates.

Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb
Why this album and not "Prowler in the Yard"? Well, because this was this first PxDx album I heard, and once I got into it, it stuck to me like napalm, baby. Definitely a more "metal" release than there previous albums, but "Phantom Limb" is still very much a grind record. Chock full of catchy as fuck yet crushingly brutal riffs, great songs, and some of the best lyrics J.R. ever spewed from his mouth. This was the second grind album I really got into, and it's still one of my favorite.

Magrudergrind - S/T
This was the album that solidified me as a serious grindhead. This album made me go, "yeah, this grindcore stuff is the shit!" This album hit me like a sack full of bricks. The first time I heard the song "Excommunicated" on their myspace page, I got chills. It was so intense, so heavy, so fast, it was love at first listen. I still think that's one of the best grind songs ever written. When my band first started up, we were heavily influenced by this album, it was so infectious. It practically changed the way I listen to grind.


  1. my very first was napalm death's "utopia banished." that i remember clearly. that moment is seared in my memory. freshman year spanish class.

    i'm actually a little fuzzy on what came after. carcass was in there somewhere. probably some really early ANb (honky reduction probably) i was more of a punk/death metal guy for a while. but i remember getting clocked by nasum's inhale/exhale. i think that permanently sent me down the wormhole of all grind all the time.

  2. Napalm Death and PD were also responsible for tuning my ears to grind, except it was From Enslavement...(my first grind album) and later Terrifyer. Apart from that, Nasum - Helvete, Discordance Axis - TID and Brutal Truth - Trend Kill Suicide. Eventually I fell on the punk side of the fence and here I am.